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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?
Is it good to use differing types of toothpaste together? Listerine is excellent even with alcohol, but why are some dentists against it?
The mechanical action of the toothbrush is the most important thing in cleaning your teeth. This can be done well even without toothpaste. The Fluoride and antimicrobial additives in toothpaste are important for oral health.
As for listerine, an excellent product that can be very beneficial but the alcohol in it is bad for people with dry mouths. Some people can't tolerate it. ...Read more
Yes: But you should rinse first and then use the toothpaste. ...Read more
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
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
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