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Doctor insights on: Listerine Side Effects

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I had a molar extracted a week ago I've been rinsing with salt water when can I start using Listerine?

I had a molar extracted a week ago I've been rinsing with salt water when can I start using Listerine?

Dilute the Mouthwash: You should be able to start using mouthwash at this point in time. However, I would suggest diluting it and using 1/2 warm water and 1/2 mouthwash. ...Read more

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Over the past 4 days I have noticed that the skin on the left side roof of my mouth is peeling. I have gargled with reg. Listerine. Should I worry?

Over the past 4 days I have noticed that the skin on the left side roof of my mouth is peeling. I have gargled with reg. Listerine. Should I worry?

Peeling in mouth: Did you burn or injure your mouth? This would cause the skin to peel.
If not it should be checked by your dentist for signs of infection, thrush, leukoplakia or oral cancer.
Any abnormal changes in your mouth should be checked by your dentist or an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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Will using Listerine immediately after brushing my teeth with Rembrandt whitening toothpaste negate any of the whitening effects?

Will using Listerine immediately after brushing my teeth with Rembrandt whitening toothpaste negate any of the whitening effects?

No, it shouldn't: Whitening toothpastes all work the same way in that they contain mild abrasive to help remove surface stains. They don't really whiten like oxidizing agents such as crest white strips or bleaching trays and gel that you can get from your dentist. ...Read more

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How does listerine work?

How does listerine work?

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

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Which listerine is best for cavities?

Which listerine is best for cavities?

In what way?: Listerine is a mouthwash, and it does not restore carious lesions. Brushing and flossing correctly is your best defense, and the mouthwash will help you keep them clean, reducing cavities. The mouthwash alone will not do the trick. ...Read more

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Is listerine bad for my septic system?

Is listerine bad for my septic system?

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

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Why does listerine leave a white film?

Why does listerine leave a white film?

While film: After using an antiseptic mouth rinse like listerine, occasionally the alcohol can cause the buccal mucosal tissue to slough. May seem like it is peeling off the cheek. Switch to an alcohol free type of mouth rinse. Read the labels to make an educated choice. ...Read more

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Is it good to use listerine with dandruff?

Is it good to use listerine with dandruff?

Try head & shoulders: Have you gotten 30% alcohol in your eyes? Keep the listerine in your mouth. You can always try apple cider vinegar for your scalp. Google it. ...Read more

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Is listerine any better than crest pro health?

Is listerine any better than crest pro health?

Barely: There is not much difference between the effectiveness of any mouthwash. They all possess some anti-bacterial ingredients to promote health. ...Read more

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Could listerine get down into periodontal pockets?

Could listerine get down into periodontal pockets?

Gum disease: Gum disease requires constant monitoring and treatment by your dentist or a periodontist. There are no otc fixes for the problem. Please discuss this with your dentist before problem gets out of hand. ...Read more

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Which is better, listerine with or without alcohol?

Which is better, listerine with or without alcohol?

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

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How is it that listerine isn't suitable for children?

How is it that listerine isn't suitable for children?

Not for kids: Listerine contains alcohol and is therefore not recommended for children. ...Read more

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Could crest pro-health work just as well as listerine?

Could crest pro-health work just as well as listerine?

Yes: Yes it can and crest pro health is alcohol free, so it is less drying to the mouth tissues. However, in some people, it can cause stains on the teeth that can be cleaned off by a hygienist. ...Read more

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Should I rinse with water after I rinse with listerine?

Should I rinse with water after I rinse with listerine?

No: If you rinse with water after you rinse with listerine, you will dilute the effectiveness of the mouth wash. ...Read more

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Help can crest pro-health work just as well as listerine?

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

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Please tell me what type of alcohol is used in listerine?

Please tell me what type of alcohol is used in listerine?

Ethanol: 21 to 27 percent depending on which version you are considering. ...Read more

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Do all the different listerine flavors have the same effect?

Do all the different listerine flavors have the same effect?

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

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Can listerine stunt a 14 year old's growth as a growing teen?

Can listerine stunt a 14 year old's growth as a growing teen?

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

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How effective are listerine whitening quick dissolving strips?

How effective are listerine whitening quick dissolving strips?

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

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Wanted to know if I can use listerine whitening strip 2 times in one day?

Wanted to know if I can use listerine whitening strip 2 times in one day?

Yes, you can: You might also want to try and use Listerine Whitening mouth wash to enhance the results. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I could use listerine, while having an inviaslign retainer?

Can you tell me if I could use listerine, while having an inviaslign retainer?

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

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Why would the listerine total care not be suitable for children under 12 years?

Why would the listerine total care not be suitable for children under 12 years?

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

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Accidentally drunk a significant amount of listerine, what should I do to purge?

Accidentally drunk a significant amount of listerine, what should I do to purge?

Not necessary: 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

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Is it okay to use listerine while pregnant?

Is it okay to use listerine while pregnant?

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

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Is listerine bad for my teeth?

Is listerine bad for my teeth?

No: Listerine is not bad for your teeth, but over use can dry your gums due to the alcohol content. ...Read more

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Is listerine (mouthwash) a carcinogen?

Is listerine (mouthwash) a carcinogen?

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