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Listerine Whitening Mouthwash Side Effects
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Listerine reportedly: Contains 26.9% alcohol. That can cause pain.
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.
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.
Does regular mouthwash (Listerine) cause antibacterial resistance or would it have to be prescription mouthwash?
Was just wondering because it says do not drink if I drank like half a bottle of listerine mouthwash. Why is that?
Does a mixture of vanilla (or artificial vanilla extract) and listerine-type mouthwash decrease listerine's shelf life?
Products: Healthtap Doctors are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines.See 3 more doctor answers
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.See 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.See 1 more doctor answer
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!
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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