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Is listerine good for your gums when you already have a bad gum disease?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Dentistry - Endodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

That like digging a hole to plant a tree with a spoon! if you have moderate to advanced gum disease, you need definitive treatment.
There are no shortcuts. See a periodontist asap. The longer you wait, the worse the prognosis.

In brief: No

That like digging a hole to plant a tree with a spoon! if you have moderate to advanced gum disease, you need definitive treatment.
There are no shortcuts. See a periodontist asap. The longer you wait, the worse the prognosis.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Dr. Jason Cataldo
Dentistry - Periodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No and yes

This is a common question.
Listerine will kill bacteria on the surface of the gums and mask the odor from the bacteria causing gum disease. It will not however get beneath the gums where the bacteria and tartar are located. This is needed to treat the problem. If you have gum disease, see a specialist, a periodontist and they can help you determine the right treatment for you.

In brief: No and yes

This is a common question.
Listerine will kill bacteria on the surface of the gums and mask the odor from the bacteria causing gum disease. It will not however get beneath the gums where the bacteria and tartar are located. This is needed to treat the problem. If you have gum disease, see a specialist, a periodontist and they can help you determine the right treatment for you.
Dr. Jason Cataldo
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Dr. Stephen Enriquez
Addiction Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not really

People who have periodontal disease benefit from good oral hygiene and professional maintenance program with a periodontist.
As for listerine, it doesn't hurt to use as an adjunct to your daily hygiene routine in disinfection of supporting structures.

In brief: Not really

People who have periodontal disease benefit from good oral hygiene and professional maintenance program with a periodontist.
As for listerine, it doesn't hurt to use as an adjunct to your daily hygiene routine in disinfection of supporting structures.
Dr. Stephen Enriquez
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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Alternatives...

Some good choices are vitymir. It is a natural toothpaste and mouth wash.
Another you might try is dr. Sharp's and dr. Katz is another good choice. Coconut oil is a good thing to swish for holistic patients who appreciate the benefits of this natural medium chain fatty acid. Swish 5 minutes and spit. Repeat 2 times. Important; see a dentist, as mouth rises will not manage periodontal disease.

In brief: Alternatives...

Some good choices are vitymir. It is a natural toothpaste and mouth wash.
Another you might try is dr. Sharp's and dr. Katz is another good choice. Coconut oil is a good thing to swish for holistic patients who appreciate the benefits of this natural medium chain fatty acid. Swish 5 minutes and spit. Repeat 2 times. Important; see a dentist, as mouth rises will not manage periodontal disease.
Dr. James Wright
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Dr. Sam Shahoveisi
Dentistry

In brief: Opinions vary

I personally do not think listerine does anything fro gum disease.
Things that i know work: a deep cleaning by the dentist , flossing, chlorohexidine rinse which is prescription.

In brief: Opinions vary

I personally do not think listerine does anything fro gum disease.
Things that i know work: a deep cleaning by the dentist , flossing, chlorohexidine rinse which is prescription.
Dr. Sam Shahoveisi
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Dr. Cary Goldstein
Dentistry - Prosthodontics

In brief: Not really

I am not a fan of mouth washes.
Yes, they help rinse away food particles, make your mouth feel better, but that is the alcohol in them. Listerine or even a mouth wash prescribed by your dentist will not cure your gum disease. You need full therapy from your dentist or better yet, a periodontist.

In brief: Not really

I am not a fan of mouth washes.
Yes, they help rinse away food particles, make your mouth feel better, but that is the alcohol in them. Listerine or even a mouth wash prescribed by your dentist will not cure your gum disease. You need full therapy from your dentist or better yet, a periodontist.
Dr. Cary Goldstein
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Dr. De'Avlin Olguin
please understand that gum disease results from deposits (tartar) and bacteria below the gumline. Rinses do not remove these deposits
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology

In brief: Yes.

Listerine is good because it is an antiseptic.
In other words, it kills bacteria, which contribute to gum disease. But it is also smart to practice good oral hygeine at home, like brushing and flossing, and to keep checking up with your dentist.

In brief: Yes.

Listerine is good because it is an antiseptic.
In other words, it kills bacteria, which contribute to gum disease. But it is also smart to practice good oral hygeine at home, like brushing and flossing, and to keep checking up with your dentist.
Dr. Joseph Woods
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