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Listerine Smart Rinse
I had a molar extracted a week ago I've been rinsing with salt water when can I start using Listerine?
I would.: Either way, but something to consider: listerine seems to be a good product in keeping your oral bacteria count to remain low. With vigorous swishing, the liquid is likely to reach small gum pockets your brush ; floss cannot reach well. If you do not want this chemical to be absorbed by your body, it is best to rinse off. The product seems to expect no-rinse to extend its efficacy, however. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, Fluoride rinses are very good for your teeth. I am also a big fan of listerine because it is so good for your gums and removes the subgingival bacteria that cause gingivitis. I myself use listerine once a day and get my Fluoride through toothpaste twice a day. But Fluoride rinses are great too. I would recommend the Fluoride rinse morning and night after brushing and listerine at noon. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Effectiveness....: If you are using an antiseptic mouth rinse to control bacteria and other microorganisms in your mouth and you rinse right after with water, you are weakening its effect and somewhat defeating the purpose. The most important thing to do is to brush and floss properly after meals and limit your intake of refined sugars and sticky starch foods. Rinses are secondary. Find one you like. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It whitens teeth.: Whitening rinses contain a whitening agent (like hydrogen peroxide) similar to whitening toothpastes. However, they only whiten very, very slowly since the are normally in contact with the teeth for only a minute or two. Contrast this with whitening strips or trays which are usually kept in contact with the teeth for an hour or so at a time. Trays will work much better and faster than rinses. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Listerine mouthwash says "Do not eat or drink within 30 minutes of using", however I always rinse after using it. Is it harmful to drink water?
Not effective: Don't waist your money on whitening mouth rinses. They are largely ineffective. White strips are somewhat effective, but the best tooth whitening is done by the dentist. The dentist can make custom whitening trays that hold the whitening gel on your teeth better and can be worn overnight. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have these sores on my tongue. I rinse it off with listerine 2-4x/day hoping it would kill bacteria to heal fast. Can I use orajel for comfort?
No: For relief, make a mixture of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) liquid (12.5mg/tsp) with kaopectate (or maalox) - equal parts of each liquid . Rinse with 1 teaspoon every 2 hours for 45 seconds - 1 minute and spit out. Stop rinsing with listerine. Don't use orajel. Both products will further irritate your sores. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
On the listerine bottle it says not to eat or drink anything for 30 minutes after use. Does that mean i shouldn't rinse my mouth with water after using it?
Yes: Same idea. You would wash away the ingredients and reduce it's effectiveness (for whatever it can\does do). ...Read more
I had a tooth extraction today. Are there any chances of developing a dry socket ? How should I remove food particles from the space since i can't rinse yet? Can I use listerine?
At what age?: Chance of dry socket in child minimal, in adult very slight. Concern becomes management of the space, especially if the underlying permanent tooth is missing. As #k is larger than the tooth that replaces it, #13, space management is very important. Ask your dentist if an orthodontic consultation is in order. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can i rinse your mouth with water after listerine? doctor your answer will be too helpfull for me
Yes: It may reduce the effectiveness a bit but will do no harm ...Read more
Instead of using listerine due to its alcohol content, is it safe to rinse/clean the mouth with salt? Thanks a lot!
Not recommended: However, from the recent study for oral mucosa: "The researchers also found that Listerine decreased the viability of candida albicans." Listerine..."resulted in a significant reduction in palatal inflammation and candidal colonization of dentures and palatal mucosa..." For vaginal mucosa is not recommended. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Just had oral sex. Saw warts on his penis after 10 mins. Rinsed mouth with Listerine 3 times, disinfected around mouth. Am I getting oral warts 100%?
No,not 100%,more: like 5-10%.,maybe even less. See an oral surgeon if warts develop. You may need to be treated. ...Read more