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Doctor insights on: Listerine Whitening Mouthwash Side Effects

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Can "listerine whitening mouth wash" really whiten your teeth?

Can "listerine whitening mouth wash" really whiten your teeth?

No: In order to whiten teeth, the whitening agent (gel, strip, tray, etc.) has to remain on your teeth generally for 15 minutes to a few hours. This allows the whitening agent to be absorbed into the tooth, and the whitening process to take place. Unfortunately, swishing a mouth wash for 30 seconds (or even a minute) does not allow near enough time for this to take place.

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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.

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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.

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Could you explain why does listerine mouthwash burn?

Could you explain why does listerine mouthwash burn?

Listerine reportedly: Contains 26.9% alcohol. That can cause pain.

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Docs can you explain, is scope mouthwash better or worse than listerine?

Docs can you explain, is scope mouthwash better or worse than listerine?

Neither: Listerine has a lot of alcohol which may kill bacteria, but mouthwash is really just to make your mouth feel clean. You need to brush and floss. That is what is best.

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I used listerine antiseptic mouthwash this morning, will that help at all?

I used listerine antiseptic mouthwash this morning, will that help at all?

With what?: What are you trying to accomplish? Help with what? It is a very small part of maintaining a healthy mouth. There are many other more important ways, namely brushing and flossing properly and often enough, the use of a tongue scraper, a healthy diet that does not promote cavities, and regular dental checkups and cleanings.

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Was reccomended by the dentist to use listerine antibac mouthwash but I've heard recently it is dangerous?

Was reccomended by the dentist to use listerine antibac mouthwash but I've heard recently it is dangerous?

Where?: Where did you hear that? I'm not aware of any danger using listerine mouthwash when used according to the directions.

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Was just wondering because it says do not drink if I drank like half a bottle of listerine mouthwash. Why is that?

Was just wondering because it says do not drink if I drank like half a bottle of listerine mouthwash. Why is that?

Seizures inducer: It's not uncommon to have seizures after drinking Listerine. Thus the bottle suggests it is poison.

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What's the best listerine mouthwash to prevent decalcification?

What's the best listerine mouthwash to prevent decalcification?

Products: Healthtap Doctors are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines.

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Help please! Is brushing and listerine mouthwash enough or do I need to floss?

Help please! Is brushing and listerine mouthwash enough or do I need to floss?

No substitute: There is no substitute for floss, listerine disrupts the balance of organisms in your mouth by killing the good and bad bacteria so if you use listerine routinely, be sure to eat lots of yogurt to replenish the good bacteria.

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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.

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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.

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I brush once a day. I just started using listerine deep clean mouthwash twice a day. What else can I do for good hygiene?

I brush once a day. I just started using listerine deep clean mouthwash twice a day. What else can I do for good hygiene?

Brush TWICE: Excellent question--great to see you are interested in good home care. British medical journal (may 2010) noted "70% higher incidence in heart disease if not brushing twice a day"! this was done studying 11, 000 scottish adults. Flossing is also important, as you are likely to lose gum and bone support over time, then lose teeth. "2bs, 1f": brush 2x, floss 1x daily to get an a+ in home care!

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How can using mouthwash cool mint listerine (21.6% alcohol)as directed not drinking) cause a positive beathalyzer reading? Please explain in detail.

How can using mouthwash cool mint listerine (21.6% alcohol)as directed not drinking) cause a positive beathalyzer reading? Please explain in detail.

Alcohol: Alcohol absorbs through the tissues in your mouth. Every single drug screening or treatment program I know tells every single patient this and that this type of product is not acceptable if one is being tested for alcohol. Putting listorine into your mouth is the same as drinking alcohol. The taste alone often triggers patients back into relapse.

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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.

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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.

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.

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Does listerine antibacterial mouthwash make your mouth too dry?

Does listerine antibacterial mouthwash make your mouth too dry?

Some people: For some people the listerine mouthwash can make their mouth dry due to the high alcohol content, 21.6% - 26.9% you could try using a mouthwash without any alcohol in it.

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