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Antiseptic: Listerine works based on the 'essential oils' it contains. These essential oils act as an antiseptic to kill off the bacteria in the mouth that cause tooth decay and gum disease. Listening is a good product, but it should be used in addition to brushing, not instead of brushing. Also, smokers should use an alcohol-free listerine if that is the brand of mouthwash they choose. ...Read more
Crest or Listerine:
Toothpaste will not whiten teeth. Whitestrips will whiten the parts of the teeth they touch, but not in between or near the gumline.
If you want to whiten your teeth, see your dentist and follow his recommendations for tray whitening and/or in-office whitening.
These will whiten all of the tooth, not just the flat surfaces. ...Read more
Not really. Most of the listerine I have seen has a lot of ethyl alcohol in it (21.6%). Ethyl alcohol is what is found in vodka, rum etc. Listerine does have an alcohol free product called listerine zero, but they still say do not swallow on their label.
If the child has bad breath try flossing and/or take them to dental hygienist for cleaning. Children's act mouth rinse with Fluoride is good. ...Read more
Mouth rinse use: How often you should use listerine/other mouth rinse depends on what you want to achieve by use. If it is simply to add more thoroughness to your home care, 1-3 times daily right after brushing is an expected maximum. If you use a mouth rinse that kills oral bacteria, this means that good ones are killed also. A healthy mouth needs a healthy colony of good bacteria. Be cautious on excessive use. ...Read more
Minimal: Just don't swallow itGet a more detailed answer ›
Can listerine be really harmful and a life thread of you use it three times per day in a constant basis? Thanks
Not really: Anything in excess can be bad for you, even water. But listerine is good for your oral hygiene. Theoretically, there are however normal good bacteria in your mouth and if that gets suppressed constantly by something like listerine, other bad bacteria may get the opportunity to flourish instead. But I think what you're doing is fine I wouldn't worry about it! ...Read more
No: I presume you mean is it damaging to the bacteria that break down the waste in the septic tank. No, not unless you are spilling several gallons of it down the drain each day. The caffeine and other chemicals you pour down it on a regular basis have a much greater risk of causing any problems. ...Read more
It depends: The formula of listerine and alcohol free listerine are different. The regular listerine has the essential oils that have been proven to kill oral bacteria, and carries the ada seal. Some of the other versions are not the same and are not as effective. However the alcohol in listerine can make a dry mouth even worse and alcohol free mouthwashes are better for people with dry mouths. ...Read more
No: If you rinse with water after you rinse with listerine, you will dilute the effectiveness of the mouth wash. ...Read more
Mouthwash: Both Listerine and Crest Pro Health can be used for gingivitis. Listerine with the essential oils has had many studies and is proven to be effective, but it has alcohol so patients with dry mouth should not use it. Crest Pro health does not have as long a history and as many studies but it can be effective to remove germs. But neither will replace good brushing and flossing. ...Read more
Ethanol: 21 to 27 percent depending on which version you are considering. ...Read more
Yes, except...: Listerine total care is an anti-cavity rinse with fluoride, as opposed to all the "flavors" that use essential oils to help fight gingivitis. Regular and the assorted flavors of listerine do not fight cavities, rather it works to help decrease plaque and kill the bacteria that cause gingivitis. The flavor does not change the antiseptic properties. ...Read more
Listerine Zero: No, listerine will not stunt the growth of a teen. If the teen using the product properly and not swallowing the product you should not have to worry about any side effects. If you are concerned about a teen using a product that has alcohol, you can buy the listerine zero or listerine total care zero anticavity that is alcohol free. ...Read more
Listerine whitening: As a dentist I can tell you that all otc tooth whitening products have limitations and are not as effective as custom bleaching trays with products supplied by your dentist. For patient reviews see: http://www. Amazon. Com/listerine-whitening-dissolving-strips-56-count/product-reviews/b000teyrxs. ...Read more
Yes, you can: You might also want to try and use Listerine Whitening mouth wash to enhance the results. ...Read more
No restrictions: Because they can be removed, you are able to brush and floss your teeth just like you normally would. You can also soak retainers in a half and half solution of Listerine and water twice a week to get them extra clean. ...Read more
Nothing: There is nothing dangerous in listerine to cause any problem with swallowing a tiny bit. ...Read more
Fluorosis: The direction actually say to consult a dentist or doctor if the child is under the age of 12. It is important that the child is old enough to not swallow it and to use it properly. This is when the children's permanent teeth are exfoliating so it's important that they don't ingest high amounts of Fluoride so they don't get fluorosis. Fluorosis is brown staining on teeth. ...Read more
The most toxic ingredient in listerine is the alcohol which is about 26 percent (54 proof).
Eucalyptol, menthol, and thymol are other ingredients in listerine that can cause some problems when ingested but at huge dose--more than 1/2 cup. The only case of death I have heard about is when a person drank nearly three liters of it. Accidentally drunk a 'significant amount'? Vodka is way cheaper. ...Read more
I have tonsiloliths. Is it ok to gargle with listerine twice a day or will it aggrevate the condition?
Fine: It will not cause any problems.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: Yes, listerine is a very good product for the control and prevention of gingivitis. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to pregnancy gingivitis. It is important to maintain very good oral hygiene during pregnancy. ...Read more
No but....: Listerine as well as many other mouthwashes come both with and without alcohol as an ingredient. That tends to dry the mouth and with long term use, and especially when you add smoking to the mix, there is some question as to it's ill effects. For most patients mouthwashes are not an essential part of good oral hygiene. Brushing, flossing and a nutritious diet low in refined sugars are. ...Read more
If that is what you are asking, then usually the answer would be yes (try non-alcohol version) and only use it if you've had no complications during the healing period.
If in doubt, see your dentist.
Please be aware, if you were pierced, that you have a greater chance of chipping your teeth. ...Read more