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Old 10-08-2012, 03:26 PM
 
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Default How good is listerine antiseptic mouthwash?

I saw some people use listerine antiseptic mouthwash everyday. I tried for the first time today, felt it was a little stingy but tolerable, and guess I might feel better if I continued to try another time.

So I wonder how good it is?

Is it safe to use daily?

Which is more important, floss or listerine antiseptic mouthwash?

Thanks!
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:28 AM
 
Location: The Woodlands
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I spoke to my dentist about this a month ago - she recommends listerine total care to be used daily. You get used to the sting.
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:26 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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My dentist just recommended it yesterday to treat a couple of little places on my gums that were easily irritated.
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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I don't feel it is any better than any of the other brands. It's just more pricey because of name recognition.
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I don't feel it is any better than any of the other brands. It's just more pricey because of name recognition.
Exactly. It is identical to the WalMart Equate brand. Read the label and compare the ingredients.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Wallis and Futuna
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Exactly. It is identical to the WalMart Equate brand. Read the label and compare the ingredients.
If they really -are- identical ingredients, then they're probably made BY Johnson & Johnson (the company that owns the Listerine label), with a store label (typical of store brands of all kinds of things).

However, you never know when you're dealing with WalMart products. It's possible that the alcohol is denatured, the menthol synthesized from the intestines of rats who were force-fed spearmint for a month, the thymol from thyme infested with chiggers, and the methyl salacylate from the same aspirin that was recalled a few years ago for containing poison.

My guess is, it's one or the other.

In any case, Listerine is a great product, and any "generic" with the same formula (assuming it's using quality ingredients and not substandard crap of WalMart infamy) is going to be great as well.

The thing that stings is actually the thymol, which is a very powerful natural aromatic antisceptic coming primarily from the the common thyme plant (it's a chemical component of several aromatic plants).

Basically, Listerine (and its generic counterparts) is an aromatherapy product
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:37 AM
 
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Does listerine contain antibiotics?

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If they really -are- identical ingredients, then they're probably made BY Johnson & Johnson (the company that owns the Listerine label), with a store label (typical of store brands of all kinds of things).

However, you never know when you're dealing with WalMart products. It's possible that the alcohol is denatured, the menthol synthesized from the intestines of rats who were force-fed spearmint for a month, the thymol from thyme infested with chiggers, and the methyl salacylate from the same aspirin that was recalled a few years ago for containing poison.

My guess is, it's one or the other.

In any case, Listerine is a great product, and any "generic" with the same formula (assuming it's using quality ingredients and not substandard crap of WalMart infamy) is going to be great as well.

The thing that stings is actually the thymol, which is a very powerful natural aromatic antisceptic coming primarily from the the common thyme plant (it's a chemical component of several aromatic plants).

Basically, Listerine (and its generic counterparts) is an aromatherapy product
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Wallis and Futuna
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Does listerine contain antibiotics?
That's a loaded question.

Thymol has natural antibiotic properties, but it is not an antibiotic. If you're asking of Listerine can kill bacteria and virii, then the answer is yes.

If you're asking if there is any penicillin or similar in Listerine, the answer is no.

It's sort of like asking if there's antibiotics in garlic. The answer to that is also no - however, garlic has natural antibiotic properties.

Listerine is predominately ethanol (grain alchohol), menthol (from mint), and thymol (from thyme).

You could find out yourself by checking the ingredients list right on the label at the supermarket, or online.
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Old 10-15-2012, 04:58 PM
 
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Today I went to a teeth hygienist, who asked me to use floss besides brushing my teeth, and didn't mention mouthwash like Listerine. When I asked about it in particular, she said she would recommend alcohol free, such as ACT anticavity alchohol-free flourid rinse. I wonder if mouthwash isn't as needed as it is advertised to be? How do you think about ACT anticavity alchohol-free flourid rinse?

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Old 10-15-2012, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Wallis and Futuna
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I don't think about it one way or another. I use Listerine. Mouthwashes are generally not a -necessary- part of routine daily dental hygeine. Flossing and brushing your teeth, however, are. I use Listerine because I've had a lot of dental work done in the past two years, and as a result, I'm at risk of inflammation.

Also, fluoride rinses are -not- the same thing as mouthwashes. A fluoride rinse is something you'd do once a month. A mouthwash is something you'd do every day. Do you mean Act mouthwash with fluoride? Or do you mean it's an actual fluoride rinse?
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