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Doctor insights on: Listerine Tartar Control Medication

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What happens if rinse with white tartar control pre-whitening rinse for too long?

What happens if rinse with white tartar control pre-whitening rinse for too long?

Could irritate gums: Without knowing ingredients, hard to say. Many rinses contain alcohol, which is drying to soft tissues, and overuse should be avoided. Bottom line - rinses will never effectively whiten teeth, and tartar can most effectively be avoided by brushing and flossing well. Rinses are not the answer. So best not to overuse rinses. ...Read more

Tartar (Definition)

It is plaques that has absorbed minerals from the saliva and has become a hardened (calcified) mass. Usually can only be ...Read more


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Why does tartar control toothpaste seem to make my mouth peel?

Why does tartar control toothpaste seem to make my mouth peel?

It is common: It is common for tartar control toothpastes to do this. It it continues change toothpastes to a non tartar control toothpaste ...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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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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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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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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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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Can you get drunk on listerine?

Can you get drunk on listerine?

Yes, you can: But the stomach ache is going to be worst than the hangover. Not recommended. ...Read more

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What happens if you swallow listerine?

How much?: A tiny bit is non-toxic. An entire bottle could be problematic. Call their hotline and speak to a rep who can answer your question in further detail. ...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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Can I use listerine a week after I got my tongue?

Can I use listerine a week after I got my tongue?

Tongue pierced?: 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

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Is it dangerous to drink listerine in small amounts?

Is it dangerous to drink listerine in small amounts?

How much, how often: If you use listerine to gargle with and you swallow a little this is no big deal, but if you use it to get drunk, it is a big problem and you need help. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how long does listerine total care take to rebuild enamel?

I'm wondering how long does listerine total care take to rebuild enamel?

Listerine: Listerine will not rebuild enamel. It will minimize gingivitis and give a fresh breath. ...Read more

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Does listerine mouthwash work better than others or are they all pretty similar?

Does listerine mouthwash work better than others or are they all pretty similar?

Better than some: Listerine has good anti- microbial benefits
but it contains alcohol which may dry your mouth out if used long term. I recommend smart mouth or pro health
which are also anti microbial and do not contain alcohol. ...Read more

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What can happen if you repeatedly swallow small amounts of listerine on accident?

What can happen if you repeatedly swallow small amounts of listerine on accident?

Depends on amount: Why are you repeatedly swallowing any listerine?

Most versions of listerine contain high levels of alcohol as well as other chemicals which could upset your digestive tract.
Listerine is meant to be rinsed, then spit out, do not swallow. ...Read more

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That listerine bottles warn not to swallow it. What could happen if someone swallows it?

That listerine bottles warn not to swallow it. What could happen if someone swallows it?

A little is OK: You really shouldn't swallow listerine on a regular basis. But if you happen to accidentally swallow a bit you should be fine. People who are alcoholics have been known to drink scope when they can't get any of their regular stuff. Listerine has ingredients other than scope that would probably cause liver and/or kidney damage if you drink enough of it. ...Read more

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Brushing that area more rigorously since and have been using listerine, but it continues to hurt. What can I do?

Brushing that area more rigorously since and have been using listerine, but it continues to hurt. What can I do?

See a dentist: You need to be seen by a dentist. Without knowing what "that area" is or when "since" refers to, there is no way anyone can even begin to advise you. Have a proper dental examination. ...Read more

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I used listerine day and night during my 1st mth of preg. Later, found out that I shouldn't. Am worried that will harm my baby. Pls help. Tq.

I used listerine day and night during my 1st mth of preg. Later, found out that I shouldn't. Am worried that will harm my baby. Pls help. Tq.

Lister one: I doubt that the listerine will cause any issue. You won't absorb much as long as you didn't swallow it. Even if you did swallow some, I'm still not worried. Have a good pregnancy! ...Read more

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What mouthwash is bad for you? Is listerine bad too? My friend says some mouthwash will effect you future., I'm scared I don't know what to avoid.

What mouthwash is bad for you? Is listerine bad too? My friend says some mouthwash will effect you future., I'm scared I don't know what to avoid.

Alcohol: There is some long term concern for using too much mouthwash with alcohol. This has been extrapolated from observation of folks who over use alcohol. If you are concerned switch to an alcohol-free one. Read the label. ...Read more

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Is using listerine a good method of treating dandruff? What are the harms of using it.

Is using listerine a good method of treating dandruff? What are the harms of using it.

Not sur, but: Why not use a dandruff shampoo that is actually designed to treat dandruff instead of a mouth rinse designed to treat gingivitis? ...Read more

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Will blue listerine stain your teeth?

Will blue listerine stain your teeth?

No: The amount of medication in listerine is high enough to help reduce bacteria, but not high enough to cause any noticeable discoloration. There are so many sources of tooth stain (tea, coffee, red wine, tobacco) it would be very rare that listerine would be the cause. The benefits far outweigh any cosmetic risks. The blue color is a a food grade dye. May dye your tongue temporarily-like blueberries. ...Read more

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Can listerine to cure fingernail fungus?

Can listerine to cure fingernail fungus?

Old wives tail: Minimal chance of it working. There are a lot better treatment options. See you doctor. ...Read more

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Does listerine mouthwash help decalcification?

Does listerine mouthwash help decalcification?

It may slightly: If may help minimally if it has Fluoride in it. If you have decalcifications, discuss it with your own dentist who can properly advise you what can be done. It depends upon where they are, how big, how deep, if it's an esthetic or a structural concern, etc. Dentist have many methods to help remineralize the enamel or cover\repair the surface destruction of the tooth. ...Read more

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Could it be okay to soak feet in listerine, vinegar and water?

Could it be okay to soak feet in listerine, vinegar and water?

Great idea: However, make sure the water is worm. In traditional chinese medicine (tcm), the feet are the starting and ending points of 6 meridians. The benefits are stronger kidneys and a better night’s sleep. By soaking your feet in the morning keeps you full of energy.
Good luck. ...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