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Doctor insights on: Listerine Zero Alcohol

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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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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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Please tell me what type of alcohol is used in listerine?

Please tell me what type of alcohol is used in listerine?

Ethanol: 21 to 27 percent depending on which version you are considering. ...Read more

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How will listerine affect an alcohol breath test?

How will listerine affect an alcohol breath test?

Listerine affects te: Yes, listerine will affect the test reading. Please google the following article, entitled "field sobriety testing: intoxilyzers and listerine antiseptic" published in the july 1985 issue of the police chief (p. 70). ...Read more

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Is alcohol free listerine good for lice?

Is alcohol free listerine good for lice?

Listerine is not a: Treatment for lice. Tx requires accurate identification of nits ; / or lice. A pediculicide is usually used- otc like nix (permethrin) or rid or prescription meds like lindane or malathion. Work carefully through hair ; remove individual nits. Purchase a special lice nit comb to aid you. Check for nits ; remove as seen over the next 7 to 10 days. If there are nits after 7 to 10 days – a 2nd tx may be needed. ...Read more

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Does listerine without the alcohol just over mass bad breath or dose work the same as the reg.?

Does listerine without the alcohol just over mass bad breath or dose work the same as the reg.?

No difference: About 25 %-30% of Americans suffer from chronic bad breath. The most common cause of the bad breath is bacteria. Bacteria that cause bad breath release sulfur compounds and it stinks. Regardless, what kind of mouthwash is used, the best way to get rid of bacteria: floss and brush teeth and clean the tongue twice a day. Also see your dentist on the regular basis at least 2X a year. ...Read more

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Is it good to use differing types of toothpaste together? Listerine is excellent even with alcohol, but why are some dentists against it?

Is it good to use differing types of toothpaste together? Listerine is excellent even with alcohol, but why are some dentists against it?

Listerine alcohol: 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

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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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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. ...Read more

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Drink alcohol and listerine. Will I still get in trouble if my parents know?

If they love you: If your parents love you they will be angry and punish you accordingly if they find out. Listerine is dangerous to drink and if you are not of legal age, alcohol is dangerous too. ...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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I am on metronidazole antibiotic and just rinsed my mouth with Listerine that contains alcohol. Should I be worried?

I am on metronidazole antibiotic and just rinsed my mouth with Listerine that contains alcohol. Should I be worried?

No, not at all: Listerine is fairly harmless chemical. So you have no reason to be worried/concerned. ...Read more

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Is non alcohol listerine just as good for your teeth and gums as listerine with alcohol bec I hear alcohol listerine causes oral cancer?

Is non alcohol listerine just as good for your teeth and gums as listerine with alcohol bec I hear alcohol listerine causes oral cancer?

Mouthwash: Mouthwash is an adjunct product in maintaining your overall oral health, and it is still debated if their use is absolutely necessary. Proper brushing and flossing is more essential. I do not like to endorse products, so I'll advise you the same way I do my patients: use the product that you feel most comfortable with. It's hard to say what's better or just as good. ...Read more

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I started using Listerine natural mouth wash, which contains alcohol, menthol, and eucalyptus oil. Can this cause salivary gland inflammation/Swelling?

I started using Listerine natural mouth wash, which contains alcohol, menthol, and eucalyptus oil. Can this cause salivary gland inflammation/Swelling?

Listerine: Listerine is effective at reducing gingivitis however if one has a dry mouth the alcohol can make it drier. As with ant other product the can be sensitive to some ingredients. Typically Listerine does not cause inflammation but everyone is different. Don't use the Listerine for a few days and see how your mouth feels. If the inflammation persists then see a dentist for an evaluation ...Read more

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I am 16 weeks pregnant. I have been using listerine as part of my oral care routine. Is this safe since it is alcohol based?

I am 16 weeks pregnant. I have been using listerine as part of my oral care routine. Is this safe since it is alcohol based?

Don't swallow: As long as you do not swallow the Listerine the amount of alcohol absorbed is minimal. There are alcohol-free mouthwashes available at most drugstores. I believe Listerine even makes one. ...Read more

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My gums bled a lot today while flossing. I am 26 weeks pregnant. Is listerine mouthwash safe to use? It has alcohol.

My gums bled a lot today while flossing. I am 26 weeks pregnant. Is listerine mouthwash safe to use? It has alcohol.

Yes: As long as you are not swallowing it. Any mouthwash that is antibacterial is great for pregnancy gingivitis. Or if you're concerned you can get equally as effective results using warm salt water or a mix of 50/50 hydrogen peroxide with water. ...Read more

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I cleaned my retainer with listerene before I put it in. I read MRSA can live on them. Would alcohol kill it? Should I be worried?

I cleaned my retainer with listerene before I put it in. I read MRSA can live on them. Would alcohol kill it? Should I be worried?

MRSA ; alcohol: As long as u r using alcohol-based listerine (check label: newer versions don't have alcohol), u should be safe. Be sure to clean off food particles before soaking the retainer ; soak at least an hour. You could also add some hydrogen peroxide for added sterilization. (ask doc if either ingredient might damage retainer).Rinse off with distilled/boiled water to remove any Fluoride residue. ...Read more

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How does listerine work?

How does listerine work?

Antiseptic: Listerine works based on the 'essential oils' it contains. These essential oils act as an antiseptic to kill off the bacteria in the mouth that cause tooth decay and gum disease. Listening is a good product, but it should be used in addition to brushing, not instead of brushing. Also, smokers should use an alcohol-free listerine if that is the brand of mouthwash they choose. ...Read more

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Which listerine is best for cavities?

Which listerine is best for cavities?

In what way?: Listerine is a mouthwash, and it does not restore carious lesions. Brushing and flossing correctly is your best defense, and the mouthwash will help you keep them clean, reducing cavities. The mouthwash alone will not do the trick. ...Read more

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Is listerine bad for my septic system?

Is listerine bad for my septic system?

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

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Why does listerine leave a white film?

Why does listerine leave a white film?

While film: After using an antiseptic mouth rinse like listerine, occasionally the alcohol can cause the buccal mucosal tissue to slough. May seem like it is peeling off the cheek. Switch to an alcohol free type of mouth rinse. Read the labels to make an educated choice. ...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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How is it that listerine isn't suitable for children?

How is it that listerine isn't suitable for children?

Not for kids: Listerine contains alcohol and is therefore not recommended for children. ...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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Help can crest pro-health work just as well as listerine?

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

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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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Can listerine stunt a 14 year old's growth as a growing teen?

Can listerine stunt a 14 year old's growth as a growing teen?

Listerine Zero: No, listerine will not stunt the growth of a teen. If the teen using the product properly and not swallowing the product you should not have to worry about any side effects. If you are concerned about a teen using a product that has alcohol, you can buy the listerine zero or listerine total care zero anticavity that is alcohol free. ...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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Wanted to know if I can use listerine whitening strip 2 times in one day?

Wanted to know if I can use listerine whitening strip 2 times in one day?

Yes, you can: You might also want to try and use Listerine Whitening mouth wash to enhance the results. ...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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Why would the listerine total care not be suitable for children under 12 years?

Why would the listerine total care not be suitable for children under 12 years?

Fluorosis: The direction actually say to consult a dentist or doctor if the child is under the age of 12. It is important that the child is old enough to not swallow it and to use it properly. This is when the children's permanent teeth are exfoliating so it's important that they don't ingest high amounts of Fluoride so they don't get fluorosis. Fluorosis is brown staining on teeth. ...Read more

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Accidentally drunk a significant amount of listerine, what should I do to purge?

Accidentally drunk a significant amount of listerine, what should I do to purge?

Not necessary: The most toxic ingredient in listerine is the alcohol which is about 26 percent (54 proof).
Eucalyptol, menthol, and thymol are other ingredients in listerine that can cause some problems when ingested but at huge dose--more than 1/2 cup. The only case of death I have heard about is when a person drank nearly three liters of it. Accidentally drunk a 'significant amount'? Vodka is way cheaper. ...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