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Mouthwash is something I started to use a few years ago as I really liked the sound of the benefits and thought it was a good addition to brushing my teeth. I'm not one that actually brushes the teeth for two minutes every morning and evening. So Listerine seemed like a good addition.
Each Listerine mouthwash has four main features:
- To reduce plaque
- Provides long-lasting fresh breath
- Suitable for everyday use
- Maintains the good condition of the gums
Although these days you have many different kind of mouthwashes sold by many different brands, it all really started with Listerine. Listerine Original came available years ago and started the trend of people using mouthwash.
This Listerine mouthwash is one without any fuss. It's an unflavoured mouthwash but it does have a strong smell of alcohol. That's right away the downside with this mouthwash as people may think they have been drinking in the early morning. Another downside to the mouthwash containing alcohol is that it really dries out your mouth which can cause again bad breath. There is a simple solution to this and that it's to simply drink water after using the mouthwash.
The benefits of this mouthwash are that it kills bacteria between the teeth and that it reduces plaque by up to 56%. You have to use it twice a day after brushing your teeth. You have to rinse your mouth for 30 seconds with 20 ml of mouthwash. You can easily use the cap of the bottle to measure the right amount.
I think Listerine is a great product but these days there are better versions of mouthwash available. A big downside for me is the strong alcohol flavour to it. For that reason only three stars for this mouthwash.
I think I have been using mouth water now for a couple of years and mainly use mouthwash of Listerine. This is mainly because I always had something when I was at the dentist. I do not always have the patience to brush my teeth for two minutes twice a day, so using Listerine seemed like a good addition. It does not replace brushing your teeth but it's really an addition. It works for me because the first time I returned to the dentist after I had used Listerine a few months, I even got compliments from him!
The Listerine brand has been around for a very long time and was first used in 1895 by dentists and in 1914 was the first mouthwash which was sold in America. The product was designed by Dr. Joseph Lawrence and Jordan Wheat Lambert. For a long time the product was sold not only as a mouthwash but also as a remedy for sore throats and colds but in the seventies it appeared that this was not true and Listerine was forbidden to sell the product as a remedy.
Listerine Original was the first mouthwash of this brand but these days there are a lot of versions available. The biggest difference is that the Original one is unflavoured but it does have a smell, the smell of alcohol. You can notice it when you use it because it's very strong bitter taste. For some people a bit too strong and even a bit painful. The product reduces plaque by up to 56% more than just brushing alone. It also kills bacteria between the teeth and freshen your breath.
Listerine recommends to use this product twice a day and after brushing, so in the morning and evening and then for 30 seconds with about 20ml. This is around ¾ of the cap of the bottle.
I must say that it works for me. My dentist has indeed indicated that I have less plaque and I have less problems with my teeth. They look cleaner and simply are cleaner. The smelling fresh is not really working for me. It has a strong alcohol smell but it also makes your mouth completely dry after around 10 minutes. What is the cause of bad breath? Having a dry mouth. This is easily solved and after using Listerine I rinse my mouth with water and thus my mouth is less dry.
I am positive about this product but it's important to realize that it has to be used as an addition and that you still must brush our teeth two times a day. I also find it an expensive product compared to other brands but I think it's worth. Only with other versions on the market with a nicer taste I would rather go for those than for this one. Three stars. You can get Listerine Original for around 2,50 pounds.
Listerine Original Mouthwash
One of the main things I am concerned about when I leave the house, is how my breath smells. I always feel that if my breath smells minty and fresh, then it gives me a lot more confidence. So to help me achieve minty fresh breath, I use a mouthwash after brushing my teeth. So when I was in my local pound stretcher and I was running out of mouthwash, I quickly picked up Listerine Original Mouthwash. I think it was about £1.70 for 250 ml, which I do think is not the cheapest mouthwash you can get.
This Listerine comes in a clear see through bottle with a black cap. On the front it has in bold letters 'Original Listerine'. On the back it claims to 'provide 24 hours protection against plaque' and it says it will give you 'lasting fresh breath' and it says it will 'kill bacteria between teeth'. The colour of the mouthwash itself is a yellow orangey colour, I must say that when I was buying this product I was put off by the colour of it, it didn't look like a normal green/blue minty mouthwash, but I was in a rush and bought it anyway.
To use this product, you simply take of the cap, pour mouthwash into the cap, and then pour the mouthwash into your mouth, and swish around for a few minutes, and gargle to give minty breath. Well anyway I did this, and I can defiantly say this did not have the nice minty taste most mouthwashes have. The taste is kind of hard to explain, it was kind of sour, and tasted nothing like mint. Also when I had swished it around my mouth, it made my mouth go numb and tingly, and even made me shudder. I don't know if this was a sign the mouthwash was working, but it certainly wasn't a very nice experience. When I tried to gargle this product, it actually made me feel quite sick, I wasn't impressed at all.
I think that this mouthwash, did kill bacteria in my teeth, and made my teeth feel more cleaner - I think this was the numb tingly experience. However this did not give me long lasting fresh breath. My mouth didn't smell nice and minty like most mouthwashes would make it smell!
I think that this product is not really worth buying. I know that Listerine sells other mouthwash products that do clean your teeth, but also makes your breath feel nice and minty at the same time, and I would stick to them. I must say, i was very suprised to see so many good reviews for this product on dooyoo!
I won't be buying this one again!
Listerin Origenal, is the best product for your mouth rinse. Let me tell you in Toronto my Dentist told me to youse Listerin, to prevent further complications. In 10 years I had 100% no problems and only 4 plag removel. I am an open haert patient since 5 years, and I was told in Sevilla/Spain University clinicum to youse the product at least 2 times a day. What I do.I am living in France right know and looking for the product since 3 weekswithout any succes. I am desperat.Can you help and ship the produkt, please advice.thanks for the help in advancehelmut find
Listerine is an antibacterial mouthwash that is said to reduce plaque by up to 56% more than brushing alone. Used twice daily after brushing, it is clinically proven to prevent and reduce plaque, which is a major cause of gum disease, kill bacteria between teeth, and freshen breath. This is the original version which just means that it is unflavoured.
- It's easy to use, just pour a small amount (20ml is suggested) into a glass and use it to rinse around your teeth and gums, gargle, and spit it out after about 30 seconds.
- It doesn't taste too bad. I thought that an unflavoured version would taste really bad but it doesn't really taste of anything, it's just a slight alcohol taste.
- It really does give you fresh breath all day, so you can feel confident about getting close to people.
- It makes the whole of your mouth feel extra clean and fresh.
- It's fairly cheap. I got mine at Superdrug for £2.40 for a 500ml bottle.
- It can burn your mouth, especially if you rinse with it for 30 seconds as suggested as a time. I think the formula is just a bit too strong and for a lot of people it is very painful to use.
- The bottle can be hard to open. It has a safety cap by which you must squeeze the sides of the cap and turn it, but it can be very difficult to do so.
- It does not last long. If you go by the suggested 20ml then using it twice a day a 500ml bottle will only last for 12 ½ days!
This is an effective mouthwash for total fresh breath confidence and to know that you are doing the best to protect your teeth, but beware that it can burn your mouth and even a large bottle won't last long, making it not so good value for money after all.
"Reduces plaque by up to 56% more than brushing alone".
Used twice daily original Listerine provides 24-hour protection against plaque and lasting fresh breath confidence.
What is it supposed to do:
Prevent and reduce plaque;
kill bacteria between teeth;
I don't doubt the claims from Pfizer for Listerine antibacterial mouthwash, but for me the smell and taste are too much and outweigh the benefits.
When you open the cap there is a very strong not quite minty smell. It is more like disinfectant than medicated menthol. Once you get past the awful smell there is worse to come with the horrible taste. The taste is extremely difficult to describe but it is awful, a strange mint taste like some strange alcoholic drink. It almost feels like it is burning the inside of your mouth, for me I can't wait for the required 30 seconds to spit it out. It also leaves quite a long lasting aftertaste, not very pleasant. When I was a child my mother used to tell me that the worse the medicine tasted the better it was for you. If this principle is applied to Listerine it must be the best on the market for oral hygiene.
Listerine does have loads of testimonials from dental associations but I prefer other brands of mouthwash. I have bought the purple version and I am hoping this will smell and taste better, but as yet I haven't tried it.
Listerine is made by Pfizer, it contains Aqua, Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, Poloxamer 407, Eucalyptol, Methyl salicylate, Thymol, Menthol, Sodium benzoate, Caramel. More information on Listerine can be found at:
Currently priced at £2.45 for 500ml in Boots. I usually buy when it is on offer.
I would recommend Listerine original for what it does but be warned about the smell and taste.
Oral health and hygiene is particularly important nowadays what with all the sugary foods and foods packed with additives we consume each day. We are advised now to carry out 3 oral hygiene steps per day. We should brush twice a day, floss at least once a day and rinse with mouthwash, preferably after brushing. Listerine, like all mouthwashes, is a great mouthwash for helping your mouth to feel clean and fresh, but I feel Listerine has the added benefit of really sterilising your mouth with the added antiseptic.
I was first made aware of Listerine about 25 years ago when my younger sister had a blood disorder, which caused huge blisters to form inside her mouth, while experiencing this our doctor advised the use of Listerine for its antiseptic properties.
The Story of Listerine.............
Joseph Lister, a British physician, was the first man to use antiseptics in surgery in 1865. In 1879 in the USA Warner Lambert Company first marketed Listerine as an antiseptic for use in surgery, first being used by dentists in 1895. By 1914 Listerine was being sold over the counter as the first mouthwash. I hadn't realised until researching this product just quite how old mouthwash was!! I had always been under the impression mouthwash was quite a new, fashionable, trendy item of hygiene.
Listerine claims to kill plaque bacteria, even between the teeth, which normal brushing and flossing may miss, plaque being a major cause of gum disease. It is also claimed that using Listerine can help to prevent cavities, keep you mouth clean and healthy and help to kill the bacteria, which can lead to bad breath.
I personally do like the feel of my mouth after using Listerine Original, it tingles feeling very clean and fresh. My teeth feel very smooth and sparkling after use and I feel like they have a protective coating over them, somehow it makes my teeth feel stronger for about 10 minutes after use. I am not a great fan of the flavour of the Listerine Original, or the smell, being a bit too antiseptic tasting for my liking, but I do feel overall it is worth it for the feeling it leaves in my mouth and over my teeth and gums.
For those of you who just cannot stomach the Listerine Original they have now produced an array of flavours and styles to tickle your taste buds. They now produce flavours such as coolmint, freshburst, cool citrus and soft mint sensation. Also in the range you will find Advanced Tartar Control, Teeth and Gum Defence and Total Care.
How to Use..........
We are advised to use Listerine twice a day, preferably after brushing. You should use approximately 20ml (4 teaspoonfuls) at a time, this should be vigorously swirled around the mouth for approximately 30 seconds and then spat out, do not swallow.
All Listerine flavours are packaged in similar bottles with black plastic safety lids. These bottles are plastic with a narrower bit in the middle, a bit like a waistline! The label is to the front of the bottle with Listerine in bold black capital letters and the flavour in smaller writing. The original Listerine is not the most appealing of colours being a yellow/orange shade.
Listerine Original should be stored below 25°C and it is not advisable for children under the age of 12 to use this product.
Prices vary from shop to shop. At the moment Tesco and Boots are both selling the Original in the 500ml bottle for £2.43. You can also by most of the flavours in a 250ml bottle, prices range from £1.95 right up to £3.99 for all other flavours.
All in all I would definitely recommend Listerine Original to others as I really do feel it helps towards good oral health, however, if Listerine Original is not for you then give one of the other flavours a try. It is a bit pricey but again I do think you get what you pay for.
Listerine Original has been around a while. It used to be advertised on TV by a humorous cartoon character called Clifford the Dragon. Only after gurgling a mouthful of Listerine in order to extinguish his halitosis was Clifford able to seduce the Princess. The ads were dumped when it was decided to market the mouthwash as an all round product promoted as an accompaniment to toothpaste and a cure for tooth decay and gum disease.
Listerine Original is medicinal in appearance or looks like something you could use to clean hospital floors. The vile unpleasant taste is the compromise the consumer makes in order to receive the acclaimed benefits. Somehow, despite the more palatable flavoured varieties of Listerine that have become available over the years, the original Listerine still persists on chemist's shelves.
I have only ever used this product in the past on rare occasions and after a quick swill one cannot deny the refreshingly clean feel in one's mouth afterwards. No doubt germs are terminated and, although I myself have never suffered from bad breath, for those who do suffer from chronic halitosis, a bottle of Listerine in the bathroom cabinet is surely a must. I know some people do need it.
I recall a malodorous encounter with a lady friend sometime ago. We had planned a day trip together to the Scottish coast and she was to pick me up in her Ford Fiesta. Upon entering the car I still remember well the waft of stale air like the steamy stench off a dead dogs bollocks that greeted me from the warm interior. My oblivious lady friend innocently smiled and welcomed me. My smile was more of a grimace as I sat down and squirmed in the passenger seat. After initial greetings I was about to politely comment how her car ponged a bit and was in need of a good clean or perhaps she had a dog I thought. It was only a split second later that I awkwardly realized it wasn't her car upholstery that needed a good scrubbing. It was her overwhelming fetid breath that reeked - a truly clinging smell that circulated the vehicle and grabbed me by the throat. She was chewing mint gum (a futile attempt to mask the pong) and offered me a stick to which I declined, thinking that she would need all the help she could get. I doubt whether half a dozen bottles of Listerine would have quelled the putrid odour.
For the subsequent two hour journey we had romantically planned together it wasn't long before my eyes started watering and I had to insist on having my window open under the pretence that I was feeling a little queasy due to the make-belief chicken vindaloo from the night before. Eventually we arrived at the coast and upon exiting the vehicle never before in my life had the sea breeze smelled so fresh.
But leaving aside such unfortunate souls as my ex-lady friend, is it really necessary for the rest of us to use this stuff on a regular basis? The mouth after all, does possess its own natural cleaning fluids originating from the saliva glands and with the amount of chlorine in our drinking water nowadays, a quick swill of that should be enough to kill off most germs and bacteria. Furthermore, some say the anti-bacterial properties of mouth wash only encourage more resistant strains and make people more dependent on such products. There is also the possibility that Listerine and the like wash away the body's natural defences by for example, exterminating the white blood corpuscles that gather at the back of the throat during infections. It shouldn't be forgotten that bad teeth, unhealthy gums and even bad breath are primarily the result of a shoddy diet.
Taking all things into consideration I would only recommend Listerine for severe cases and in extreme circumstances.
***Listerine Original Antibacterial Mouthwash***
** Listerine. Bad for Bacteria. Good For Gums **
The importance of using mouthwash is essential today. There are many additives, sweeteners, and sugars lurking within our foods that we ourselves are sometimes not even aware of. Even though we take every precaution to limit our sugar intake, there are foods on the market that contain large amounts of sugar, and other ingredients that can be the major cause of tooth decay, and rotting of the gums. Processed foods are high in sugar, and that's just a small example of products that contain harmful ingredients that can cause decaying of the teeth. Sugar is by far the main cause of dental deterioration. It causes cavities, bleeding gums, breakdown of the mouths bone structure, weakening, and loss of teeth. - So serious stuff indeed!
This is where Listerine steps in. Listerine Antibacterial Mouthwash had been around since 1876, and the very fact that is the UK's number 1 best seller says it all really. In it's 'original' form it has to be one of the best mouthwashes out there.
The bottle is sturdy, it has a great shape, it's solid, and professional looking. I can imagine this sitting comfortably in any Dental surgery or Hospital. I have the 500 ml bottle, and I find the design very aesthetically pleasing. It's wider at the top and base, and narrowed to the middle. It's chunky, and made of clear plastic. It is sealed around the cap with a tight plastic seal, and it states if the seal has been interfered with, when purchased, do not use. In fact I would say, "Do not buy, even!!" Common sense really. It has a large white sticker to the centre stating 'Original Listerine', Antibacterial Mouthwash. Inside a smaller red section, within the white sticker it states that Listerine reduces plaque by up to 56% , more than brushing alone, and a before and after picture of teeth untreated and then the result after Listerine has been used. The directions, ingredients, and warnings, are to the reverse of the bottle. The colour of the Mouthwash is a pale Amber colour. It reminds me of the colour of Apple juice. It appears medical, and slightly clinical looking. All in all not an unpleasant colour at all. The cap is childproof, it has a picture of a hand to the top of the cap showing which way to turn it. It is secure, and well made, for little hands not to be able to undo. If Listerine is ingested, immediate medical help will be needed. The smell of the mouthwash is very strong indeed, it has a very medical smell, not unpleasant though, just strong and clinical. ~
The first impressions when taking a taste of Listerine Original is that of a really fresh, sharp taste! I tried to identify the mixture of ingredients, and what came to me at first was a taste of Cloves, it has a really nice acrid tang, maybe an undertone of Cinnamon I think. I lived in America when I was a child, and the closest thing I can relate Listerine Original to, is a drink in America called Root Beer. Despite it's name it is not a beer, but a soft drink, and it has the same flavour as the Listerine Original. I really like the sharp, strong taste, and after swilling around my mouth for 30 seconds and disposing of the mouth wash, it had left a lovely fresh taste in my mouth, and around my gums, they were tingling, and they felt thoroughly cleaned. The strong taste does stay in your mouth for a while, but it is not unpleasant, just a nice, clean sensation. You can almost feel the Listerine doing it's work, destroying all the germs, and preparing your oral health for the day ahead. ~
Hair is known to be your 'crowning glory', and it is equally, if not more important to have teeth that are well cared for. We visit the hairdresser regularly, every six weeks is recommended. We have it conditioned, cut, and trimmed to remove split ends. We should be as aware of the importance of our smile! A nice smile can light up your face, and for this you will need clean, white teeth that have been looked after. Dentists recommend Listerine, so in addition to regular dental check ups, and flossing, Listerine should be part of your daily dental care. Listerine provides protection 24/7, and it works by killing the germs that create the plaque. Plaque is the white and sticky residue that gathers on the teeth from food particles and bacteria. It can cause serious problems if left untreated. You should give your teeth a thorough brushing at least twice daily. I always brush mine after I have eaten chocolate, sweets, or biscuits, as the softness of the food when broken down can lodge between the teeth and do damage. So I like to remove this straight away, not giving it a chance to do it's stuff! I also like to floss in between my teeth to remove any residue of food. Eating an apple, celery, or carrot is a good way also of cleaning the teeth, and freshening the mouth if you do not have a toothbrush to hand. ~
There is nothing worse than a smile that broadens to reveal yellow, stained teeth! I don't know about you but I can't even look at someone with 'bad' teeth, it is so unhealthy looking, and spoils the face as a whole. So the importance of oral care should be up there with regular daily body hygiene. A smile can light up your face, but not if the smile in question is virtually toothless from neglecting their oral hygiene. A trip to the dentist can be frightening, but not as scary as a toothless smile. That certainly 'won't' light up your face! If you are a smoker there are some great toothpastes out there that remove the effects that the tar and Nicotine leave upon your teeth. This coupled with a twice daily swilling of Listerine should keep bacteria to a minimum. Plaque is insidious, and slowly wears down the framework of the teeth, loosening the grip the bone has upon them.~
**Listerine and Halitosis**
In this age of competitiveness in the workplace, to suffer from Halitosis has got to be a drawback surely. It really is very offensive, and anti social to have someone near to you who has Halitosis, and while you are discussing work related agenda's, or meeting clients, nobody likes to be in close range of a blast of bad breath. First impressions count for a lot, and a clean, fresh mouth, and wide smile are important signals of confidence. Halitosis may ultimately be a hindrance to colleague comradeship, and possibly to a promotion in the workplace. Halitosis could be a serious drawback in a close relationship also. I don't think I would even be able to even kiss someone who suffered with bad breath, it would be so off putting. But by swilling Listerine around your mouth twice daily it will kill many of the germs that cause the Halitosis. Not all Halitosis is caused by germs in the mouth, and if the problem persists, get a doctor to check out stomach acidity levels. As this is known to be the cause of bad breath also. Tartar build up will cause staining, and discolouring. Coffee, Tea, and red wine are notorious for staining the teeth, and brushing alone will not shift these stains. You need Listerine alongside brushing to keep discolouration at bay, and to sustain clean white teeth.~
**Listerine and Gum Disease**
Another serious problem that germs in the mouth can cause is gum disease, such as Gingivitis, and periodontal disease. This is characterised by tenderness and infection of the tissues that support the teeth. In Gingivitis bleeding will occur, and if left untreated will turn into peridonatal disease. It is a fact that more teeth are lost due to gum disease than due to tooth decay. Plaque is the single cause of gum disease. It is a clinging bacteria that attaches itself to the teeth and gums. And it is this alone that is the main cause of gum disease. The importance of using Listerine cannot be stressed enough. It will keep gum disease at bay by destroying the Plaque at source. ~
Listerine in conjunction with brushing and flossing will keep your teeth in tip top condition. Used twice daily Listerine will protect you from the build up of plaque, and bacteria in the mouth. It recommends you use every 12 hours. The amount stated for use is 20 mls, measured by 4-5 teaspoons full, which you can transfer into the cap for swilling around your mouth for 30 seconds . Do not dilute! Listerine provides 24 hour protection. It will keep your breath fresh by killing the germs that cause bad breath and gum disease. Smoking can also lead to gum disease, as smoking increases plaque and accelerates the speed of gum disease. The first sign of gum disease is bleeding, and/or swelling of the gums, and a bad taste in your mouth, and it is proven that 95% of people will contact gum disease, and this the biggest cause of tooth loss in adults, in the UK. Another symptom of gum disease is the appearance of Halitosis. Listerine kills millions of germs on contact, to prevent and reduce plaque build in those out of the way areas of the mouth. It leaves your mouth feeling, and smelling fresh, and clean, and your gums tingling.~
As with all medicinal or clinical items Listerine comes with it's warnings.
KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN.
*Not suitable for use in children under 12.
*Do not use if protective plastic seal is broken.
*Do not dilute, swallow, or swig from the bottle.
*It recommends is mouth problems persist after using Listerine for 2 days, see your dentist.
*store at 59° to 77°F
cold weather may cloud this product. Its antiseptic properties are not affected.
**In Summing Up**
I have to say I am very impressed with Listerine Original Antibacterial Mouthwash. I can see why it is the UK's top seller. They must know a thing or two about oral care by now. I liked the bottle, it is well designed, and of top quality. The 500 ml bottle cost me £2.45, which I thought was a very good price for the size of the bottle. The taste is fresh and tingling, as you would expect a mouthwash to be. The colour of the liquid is attractive, and the bottle is slim enough to store tidily, or to place on the sink. I liked the strong childproof cap. This is very important as this Mouthwash must not be swallowed. If this does occur you must seek Medical help immediately. Listerine Has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance for helping to prevent and reduce gingivitis and plaque. It has also won awards for excellence in oral hygiene. This in itself does instill confidence in the buyer. The colours of the mouthwash are great, and the bottle is attractive. Listerine mouthwash contains essentials oils, which reduce plaque increasing by 56%., as proven in clinical trials. It cleans the teeth and gums well, and after using my mouth felt tingling fresh. I loved the flavour of the Original Listerine personally, but it may be too strong for some. Especially someone with sensitive teeth. For this I would recommend one of their milder varieties, such as Cool Citrus. I actually felt that this mouthwash was working. Some mouthwashes are so weak, and I feel that after using them, it has been a total waste of time,and feel no cleansing effect afterwards. - So all in all I confidently recommend Listerine Original Antibacterial Mouthwash 100%. It is a quality brand. It has proven claims, that are backed up by research., and they have been successfully producing mouthwash since 1876. I think that says it all really. A trusted quality brand. ~
Availability: Listerine Original Antibacterial Mouthwash is available from most Chemists and Supermarkets. I paid £2.45 for my 500 ml bottle.(Prices may very) Listerine is also available in a smaller size.
Listerine comes in a variety of flavours: Arctic Mint. -Coolmint. -Cool citrus. -Advanced Tartar control. -Freshburst, to name but a few.
Thank you for reading.
Oral hygiene along with my own presentation is one of the most important things to me so I always clean my teeth twice a day without fail, sometimes three times a day if I feel particularly uncomfortable prior to attending an evening engagement. For me there is nothing worse than running your tongue over your teeth and feeling the build up of plaque and other matter that has attached itself to the enamel, it physically makes me sick. Since I stopped smoking I have been more assured by the fact that my breath stays fresh and I don't emit "Fag Ash Pour Femme" onto unsuspecting strangers in the street or on the train to work yet I continue to maintain the regimented oral hygiene routine that sees a visit to the dentist every 4 months, regular daily brushings, flossing and liberal swirlings of mouthwash.
Listerine Original is the first mouthwash I can remember; my mum would always buy it and insist on my sister and me using it first thing in the morning and last thing before turning in for the night. While the dragon adverts associated with the UK's number one selling mouthwash were mildly amusing as a child, the thought of using the mouthwash sent a shiver down my spine. I just did not like it and I hadn't used it for many years until purchasing a 500ml bottle this week. As a child I can only remember the original flavour being available and as for competing brands I have to say I can't remember any others. Today is a different story, every company associated with oral hygiene seems to have a whole host of products and Listerine have a wide range of different mouthwashes from Soft mint which has a mild flavour to the shiver inducing Original.
Listerine Antiseptic Mouthwash Original is available in a 500ml bottle and can be found very easily on the shelves of any major supermarket, high street chemist such as Boots, Superdrug or your local pharmacy and convenience stores. I bought mine in Asda earlier this week and paid £4.00 for two bottles thanks to the buy one, get one free offer. Normally it retails at £2.99. Unsurprisingly, the bottle is made from clear plastic with a screw top lid. On the front of the bottle is the label which clearly states the product name - Listerine and under the name is the following wording "Reduces plaque by up to 56% more than brushing alone" and then there are two cartoon images of some teeth and one has plaque and the other doesn't. As they are cartoons they are hardly scientific before and after shots!
If I had to describe the actual mouthwash I would have to say it has the same colouring as urine, it isn't totally clear so doesn't have the appearance of tap water. After unscrewing the lid the strong smell of antiseptic filled my nostrils and I was instantly transported back to my parent's bathroom. The smell is overly chemical by nature, and whilst being very clean and clinical my brain associates the smell with safety and security so I actually do really like it. Being water based means that it is really easy to use and on the back of the bottle there is a list of ingredients, one of which has the ability to kill plague while the other active ingredient Eucalyptol reduces inflammation and pain in the gums while having something of a cooling sensation to avoid burning the inside of the mouth. Anything Eucalyptus in does seem to have a cooling effect about it whether it is mouthwash or chewing gum.
When it comes to using Listerine there are some directions on the bottle which state:
 Especially effective when used morning and evening after brushing.
 Pour 20ml (4 x 5ml teaspoonfuls) into a glass, rinse around teeth and gums, gargle and then spit out after 30 seconds.
Personally, I just fill the cap to the top with the liquid rather than use a glass as it works just as well and then tipping my head back I pour the liquid into my mouth and gargle with it for a few seconds and rinse it around my teeth and gums. As I am doing that I check the feel of my teeth with my tongue to ensure I am happy with it, if not I spit it out and repeat the action. Once the mouthwash is in your mouth the taste and feel is both disgusting, yet mildly arousing. I find it impossible to keep the mouthwash in my mouth for longer than 30 seconds at a time because of the tingling sensation that over time becomes more of a burning sensation. God help you if you stop swirling it around your mouth as the burning comes on much quicker than normal and my eyes start to water. The taste is vile, just vile. I have never swallowed any as that isn't advisable but it leaves a strong antiseptic taste in the mouth that fades fairly quickly. As soon as the mouthwash is spit out the one thing that springs to mind is that it is just like chewing on Airwaves.
As it had been some time since I last used Listerine I used it over a 5 days period before actually giving my opinion of it. I wanted to see whether there was a build up of any plague or gunk on my teeth after changing from my usual brand. I am happy to state that Listerine Original left my mouth feeling clean and refreshed, my teeth stayed in a good condition until the evening and coffee stains that tend to slightly darken my teeth over the course of the day didn't seem to be noticeable. The taste is pretty disgusting but it doesn't linger in the mouth so it is a short term thing and the weird sensations of using the mouthwash as something I would recommend just because it is slightly freaky so overall I would strongly recommend Listerine Original. It is number one for a reason, and that is because it knocks the socks off everything else - literally.
For those of you with younger children please note there is a health warning on this product stating that you should NOT administer Listerine to children under the age of twelve years. Obviously my mum never read the warnings!
Having good teeth is important to me, I will never forget the time when the dental nurse came into school and proceeded to embarrass everyone who didn't brush their teeth properly by making us eat those horrid tablets which showed up the dirt and grime on your teeth and then showed the whole class where we needed to brush and to brush properly. The best thing about those visits was the good people got some sweets (which I always found slightly odd) and we were given a free toothbrush, a sticker and some toothpaste. Ever since that day I've sworn to have healthy teeth and gums and aid that fight not only do I visit the dentist regularly every 6 months but I clean my teeth religiously twice a day, floss and use mouth wash.
My choice of mouthwashes is one other than Listerine Antiseptic Mouthwash Original because it is the one my mum always used to buy and because I've never bought anything else. Listerine has also won numerous Oral Care Products of the year and this year is no exception and in doing so it must be a quality product. I buy my Listerine from my local Asda store where it is currently on a buy one get one free offer for the 500ml bottles and for two of those at £4 it is definitely worth stocking up on. The smaller bottles cost in the region of £2.38 and for that you get 250ml whereas the 500ml bottle would usually cost £3.79. So looking out for the BOGOF offer is definitely worth while.
So why do I need to use a mouthwash? Well like most mouthwashes Listerine is designed to help prevent and reduce the build-up of plaque, reduce the risk of gingivitis which is an inflammation of the gums caused by the build-up of plaque and prevent halitosis. When meeting and greeting people the face, lips and mouth are one of the first things that are noticed because they play the most vital role in communication, whether it is through speaking, helping to form facial expressions, to drink, to eat and most importantly they are vital for kissing which can be anything from a peck on the cheek to a full blown kiss and the whole time your teeth will be on display as you speak. Not only that but when you do speak your breath will be evident and if you have a touch of halitosis then it could be quite embarrassing as people squirm when you are talking to them and also having discoloured teeth would not be impressive or attractive either. So it is important that when I do meet and greet people my teeth are shiney and white and I don't have bad breath.
My twice daily routine of oral hygiene does include me brushing my teeth twice a day and flossing to ensure I have removed any lingering food particles which my toothbrush hasn't managed to removed and then using my mouthwash, Listerine suggested that using their mouthwash every twelve hours will give you and your teeth twenty-four hour protection against plaque. When using the mouthwash it does state on the bottle that you should "Rinse full strength for 30 seconds with 20 ml (2/3 fluid ounce or 4 teaspoonfuls) morning and night" so rather than being pedantic and measuring out the liquid I simply use the cap on the bottle to pour my liquid into. Having done that I then tip my head back and gargle for as long as I can because swirling the mouthwash around my mouth and then spitting it out. Once I have done this I run my tongue over to my teeth to see if I am happy with the feel and what I am looking for are no traces of missed areas from brushing, you know when you have that sticky film like feel across your teeth?. There is also a warning on this bottle which you should adhere too and that is not administering this mouthwash to children under twelve years of age.
Listerine does come in a whole host of different flavours for those of you who are not too keen on the look of Listerine Original Antiseptic and along with the different favours comes a plethora of different colours. However Listerine Original which has been around I am told since 1895 is sold in a plastic bottle with a screw top lid. On the front of the bottle is the label which clearly depicts the words Original Listerine Antibacterial Mouthwash in black letters on a white background and below the words is encased in a red box is a diagram of teeth depicted before and after what they presume teeth to be like when using Listerine and with this picture comes a statement which says "Reduces Plaque by up to 56% more than brushing alone" a statement which Listerine say is clinically proven.
The Listerine liquid is to describe it bluntly wee coloured which could be slightly off-putting to potential customers. The first thing to hit you when you unscrew the cap is the antiseptic smell which is really powerful but to me reminds me of cleanliness like when you visit the dentists surgery and everything smells clean, that is what Listerine reminds me of. Now with the wee coloured liquid and the powerful antiseptic smell you already fear that it is going to taste rather foul and although it doesn't taste of strawberries and cream, I personally have grown used to the taste when swirling it around my mouth knowing that it might not taste brilliant but it good for my teeth and gums and quite literally it tastes antiseptic the description given describes it well in my opinion.
SO why does it taste the way it does? Well given that I like to know all about ingredients when using a particular product I did look on the back of my Listerine bottle to find that there are four main active ingredients some of which are essential oils and the first being Thymol which very strong antiseptic qualities so this is where the smell comes from. Next we have Eucalyptol which is an essential oil and is found in many products today but for the purpose of a mouthwash it is used because it brings about a cooling sensation so when you have used Listerine and your mouth feels cool this is why because used alongside Menthol which is another ingredient to Listerine they work together to bring about that slightly cool minty aftertaste, much like chewing on airwaves chewing gum for too long. For further ingredients please consult your bottle of Listerine.
I find that after I have used Listerine my mouth does feel clean, the taste is an acquired one but you do get used to it after a time and as someone who has used it for over fifteen years I can guarantee you do get used to it. Listerine is definitely a quality product because with over hundred years experience in making Listerine and being voted number one in oral hygiene with countless awards and an ADA (American Dentist Association) stamp of approval they must have got something right, even if the taste isn't nice. So I do recommend this product quite highly.
Listerine and me our haunted history
Even now, at the age of 31 years old with a family of my own, I still wake up screaming in the middle of the night, drenched in a cold sweat as the memories of my childhood. I can remember, as if it was yesterday, standing, shivering in my nightie in front of the bathroom mirror, being taunted by the inconspicuous bottle of mouthwash perched on the shelf in front of me.
I can almost hear its maniacal laughter now as my mother or father would shout in to me from the other side of the wall Dont forget to use the Listerine!. I can feel my nose start to twitch and my taste buds recoil in fear as I lift the capful of mouthwash towards my mouth. My throat closes up and my stomach twists into unhealthy knots as I dare to place the cap to my lips.
On the count of three. One Two Two and a quarter .. Eventually, Three would arrive and with eyes closed and nose plugged I would tilt my head back violently, reluctantly allowing the horrendous fluid to flow into my mouth swigging it around between my cheeks trying not to inhale the noxious aroma more than was absolutely necessary.
Then of course, there was the cold burn that set in once you had expelled the Listerine from your body; spitting the gargled devil juice into the unsuspecting sink below you; The desperation with which you grabbed for the pre-prepared glass of water; The stars you see from behind your closed eyelids as you try to block out the taste, the horrible, horrible taste.
Ugghh. Theres that shudder down my spine again.
So why, having long-since escaped the mouthwash obsessed chains of my parents, do I now have a bottle Listerine (albeit a newer, less frightening flavour) standing proudly next to my sink at all times? Because it works.
Whos responsible for this torture and how did his evil little mind come up with it?
********************************************An American (figures!) inventor named Jordan Lambert first developed Listerine in 1879 (and I am fairly certain, the taste hasnt changed since then). 15 years later, named after the pioneer of antiseptic surgery, Dr Joseph Lister, it was being used by dentists as an effective way of fighting off bacteria What made matters even worse, is that Lambert, roped in his family as co-conspirators and together with his son Gerald, began pushing it on the unsuspecting public in 1914. The poor suckers never knew what hit em. From that point on Listerine was established as one of Americas most popular hygiene and personal care brands.
What does it do and does it outweigh the horrific crimes against humanity?
I will give Listerine its dues. It has stayed popular for all these years because of its unrivaled ability to reduce plaque buildup, reduce the risk of gingivitis and other gum diseases and offer 24 hour protection against those nasty germs we are always hearing so much about.
I can argue until the dogs come home, but the simple fact of the matter is, that after more than 100 years experience, endless research studies and plain old The proof is in the pudding way of thinking, Listerine is top of the class as far as dental hygiene and antiseptic mouthwash goes.
As Listerine Antiseptic was awarded the American Dental Association Seal of Approval, we finally have proof that anything good for you, tastes bad! The ADA is recognized for having the highest standards in dentistry across the world.
What pleasures await your tastebuds
Unless you are going to wash the Listerine down with a Caramel Cheesecake, there is no pleasure to be had in its use except for the knowledge that your mouth is germ free and healthy. If the initial taste, akin to rubbing alcohol isnt enough to put you off, the lingering taste not unlike that gained from licking your cats dirty litter tray, should do the trick. To top it all off, the taste does not go away, no matter how hard you try (and trust me, I have tried). It hovers just above the tongue, smacking it routinely with the reminder of the bitterness you would expect to find after sucking a 98-year olds toe for too long.
A scent of roses or wet mouldy armpits?
I struggle to describe the smell of Listerine except to say, it smells no better than it tastes. I imagine, that if you were in the hospital for a long period of time, you may compare the smell to a newly sanitized bed pan. It is a very medical and sterilized smell and from its smell alone, I wouldnt be surprised if it doubled as a reliable paint thinner. No wonder Listerine is number one at fighting plaque build up - The little blighters smell it coming and jump ship!
Are they all as terrifying?
Luckily, Listerine has moved with the times and its product range has slowly begun to evolve. It now includes some relatively palatable antiseptic mouthwashes that clean well and keep you from banging your head against the wall until you slump into unconsciousness.
I use Cool Mint as the after taste isnt as bitter or long lasting. There is also Fresh Burst, Vanilla Mint and Natural Citrus (Who are Listerine kidding? This is like watermelon flavoured chewing gum completely unnatural) Of course, big hard men stick with Original . Until you run crying from the bathroom like a bunch of blubbering babies!
Retail information if you are still remotely interested.
Listerine is lurking smugly on the shelves of every self-respecting chemist and supermarket. Boots Superdrug Semi-chem Asdas Sainsburys Tescos theyre all guilty!
Most bottles come in a standard 500ml bottle, although there is a 750ml bottle available for the truly sadistic amongst you. The label is simple with the brand in bold black letters across the front. For 500ml you can expect to pay approximately £2.45 for the experience although, keep an eye on Boots as they are sneaky and tend to put it on a 2for1 deal quite often.
Who shouldnt use Listerine Anticeptic Original Mouthwash Lucky bums!
I was surprised at the amount of people Listerine doesnt cater for but it is clear there are a lucky assortment of people for whom Listerine isnt suitable. If you dont belong to one of these categories already, I suggest you reconsider your stance quickly!
Vegetarians contains cochineal extract
Alcoholics at 26.9% alcohol its a risk but the unbearable aftertaste could be enough to make it the last time you touch alcohol!
Jews/ Muslims It isnt Kosher/Halal so strict followers of this dietary practice should steer clear.
Pre-pubescent children great as a threat if you want your kids to stop growing up too fast
Diabetics Well, they can use it but not without checking with their doctors first.
Is it worth it?
Today, we are faced with so many choices and mouthwash is no different. Why suffer the agony of Listerine Original when some of the other more subtle flavours promise to do the same job just as well? Listerine has been doing the trick for over 100 years so who am I to fault it now? It may be true that it has been killing germs for more than a century, but it has also been killing tastebuds across the globe for as long. Listerine may be the brand of choice, and as a user myself I stand behind this household name. I don not, however, condone the continued use of this liquid sandpaper in a bottle! Ditch the original and delve into the world of more acceptable Listerine flavours!
Now we all know just how important it is to clean your teeth properly, because if you don't you will have toothache and costly dental fees. However, teeth have nooks and crannies that sometimes the humble toothbrush may well miss, I think that this is when mouthwash becomes important. I use original listerine mouthwash after I?ve cleaned my teeth. Listerine is quite an old brand, it?s a trade mark of Pfizer consumer healthcare.It is quite no nonsense with no promises of nice mint flavours or pretty colours on it?s bottle. If mouthwash wasn't such a unisex item, I'd say that listerine has definitely got a masculine look to the front of it, even the most conservative man wouldn?t be embarrassed to be seen with it. It has a bold black title and writing against an alternating red and white background It has a strong taste to it, the closest taste to disinfectant that won't actually harm humans. The smell is also a bit overwhelming when you first start using it. It costs about £2.85 for a 500ml bottle and can be brought from most supermarkets and chemists. There's a little mark on the bottle which says that it?s endorsed by the British Dental Association, which must mean that it?s good stuff! You should use about 4 *5ml teaspoonfuls a time. I usually use a little bit of the bottle lid to pour the liquid into. Apparently you shouldn't swig from the bottle or dilute it. The blurb on the back promises quite a lot. Listerine has been clinically proved to prevent and reduced plague, kills bacteria and freshens breath. In my opinion it definitely freshens breath when I've rinsed my mouth with it my mouth feels really clean and nice. Although toothpaste gets rid of plague, listerine is good for rinsing the whole mouth. I tend to get swollen gums and have found they've got better since using listerine. thanks for reading
Kills germs that cause dental plaque and bad breath /