Listerine Total Care
Listerine Total Care originally formulated by American doctor Dr Joseph Lawrence in 1879 as a general antiseptic during surgery, Listerine has become a popular dental care product all over the world, after it was found to be effective at removing up to 97% of plaque-causing germs in the mouth.
Since its UK release in 1970, Listerine mouthwash has become one of the UK’s most popular oral care product.
Listerine mouthwash fights against plaque and helps to prevent cavities with its antibacterial and antiseptic qualities. It can help to remove plaque and foodstuff which get lodged between your teeth, freshen your breath and leave your mouth with a clean and fresh feeling.
There are many flavours of Listerine available, including cool mint, fresh burst, ginger and lime, and berries.
Listerine mouthwash contains several active ingredients such as alcohol, menthol, and eucalyptol.
Alcohol and eucalyptol have antiseptic and antibacterial properties, helping Listerine to fight bacteria in the mouth that cause bad breath and tooth decay.
Menthol provides a cool and fresh feeling in the mouth, while also making your breath smell fresh and minty.
When swished around the mouth and gargled, Listerine reaches places your toothbrush normally can’t and kills more bacteria between the teeth and at the back of the mouth than brushing alone.
To remove the cap, squeeze the sides of the cap and twist it. The cap is marked with 2 smooth sections where you are supposed to squeeze it with your thumb and forefinger.
Pour 20ml of Listerine into a glass. You can use the cap to measure out 20ml of Listerine.
Do not take Listerine mouthwash straight from the bottle as this can introduce germs and bacteria into the bottle.
Swirl the mouthwash around in your mouth for approximately 30 seconds. Listerine recommend swishing the mouthwash from one cheek to the other repeatedly.
Spit the mouthwash down the sink.
Do not swallow Listerine mouthwash.
Listerine is not a replacement for brushing your teeth or flossing. It should be used in conjunction with good oral hygiene.
When should I use Listerine?
Listerine recommend using their mouthwash twice a day after brushing to remove the plaque and bacteria which can’t be removed by brushing alone.
However, the NHS and the British Dental Association advise not to use mouthwash straight after brushing your teeth, as it can wash away fluoride which protects your teeth. They recommend using mouthwash at other times of the day, such as after eating a meal.