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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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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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Please tell me, are you meant to rinse your mouth after using listerine?

Please tell me, are you meant to rinse your mouth after 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

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Should you rinse out your mouth with water after after rinsing with listerine?

No: If you do rinse your mouth after using listerine you will decrease the effectiveness of the listerine. I would follow the directions and stick to them. ...Read more

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Is a fluoride rinse a good subsitute for alcohol based mouthwash like listerine ?

Is a fluoride rinse a good subsitute for alcohol based mouthwash like listerine ?

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 more

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Is it recommended to rinse with water after using listerine antiseptic mouthwash?

Is it recommended to rinse with water after using listerine antiseptic mouthwash?

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 more

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Does listerine whitening rinse actually whiten your teeth or just remove stains?

Does listerine whitening rinse actually whiten your teeth or just remove stains?

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 more

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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?

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?

Mouthwash: The best time to use a mouthwash is probably before bedtime since the residue of the mouthrinse may remain in the mouth for a longer period of time and have a greater effect. Rinsing with water would only dilute the mouthwash. ...Read more

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Do you need to rinse your mouth with water after using listerine mouthwash?

Do you need to rinse your mouth with water after using listerine mouthwash?

No: No, but if it feels burning or uncomfortable it may be the alcohol...Try listerine zero instead of regular. ...Read more

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Is it okay to use whitening mouth rinse and listerine white strips at the same time?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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How soon after tooth extraction can I use listerine and act flouride rinse?

How soon after tooth extraction can I use listerine and act flouride rinse?

After healing: You do not want to disturb the blood clot, so it is advisable to avoid gargling and swishing of liquids in that area for a few days. If you gently brush the rest of your teeth you should be fine. You don't want a dry socket ! ...Read more

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Instead of using listerine due to its alcohol content, is it safe to rinse/clean the mouth with salt? Thanks a lot!

Instead of using listerine due to its alcohol content, is it safe to rinse/clean the mouth with salt?  Thanks a lot!

Salt and water fine: Yes you can use warm water and salt to rinse your mouth, you could use plain water as well. You can find some mouth wash without alcohol in the pharmacy. ...Read more

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Could you dilute listerine with water and rinse not douche your vagina for a yeast infection?

Could you dilute listerine with water and rinse not douche your vagina for a yeast infection?

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 more

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