Listerine has been in the market for year now. And even up to now, Listerine is still one of the most used mouthwashes by the public. Listerine now also comes in several new flavors like mint and citrus. These mouthwashes contain substances that can help control tartar and as well as whiten the teeth. Listerine, in fact, has created a mouth spray version of the product that was marketed in the year 2005. Because of this, the use of Listerine has increased as its wonderful benefits of killing bacteria and reducing the buildup of plaques became well known. But what are the different Listerine ingredients that make all these things possible?
Aside from killing oral bacteria, Listerine is also the top choice for preventing halithosis or commonly known as bad breath. These effects are made possible by the active ingredients of Listerine such as thymol, eucalyptol, methyl salicilate and menthol. However, what makes it distinct from other products of mouthwashes is that it does not contain common chemicals such as chlorhexidine, cetylpyridinium chloride and chlorine dioxide. This is the reason why many consider Listerine as a natural remedy for bad breath since it does not contain any ingredient of concern. However, when it comes to the new Listerine spray, alcohol is present.
According to Listerine, alcohol ingredient is added to the solution of mouthwash in order to dissolve other ingredients and as well as to penetrate deeper into the plaques of the teeth. Nevertheless, the alcohol content in Listerine can also do negative effects in the mouth. This can in fact cause dryness of the inner tissues of the buccal cavity. Drying is actually not a good thing since our saliva is our natural defense against the build-up of bacteria inside our mouth. If saliva in not present, then bacteria can accumulate causing bad breath. This is the reason why many people associate dry mouth with bad breath. Because of this, using mouthwashes that contain alcohol is now being avoided. This can even be worse in mouth sprays since they are commonly used throughout the day for several applications. This causes more dryness compared to mouthwash since there is no water to rinse of the solution, which can penetrate the tissues deeply.
Nevertheless, Listerine mouthwash and mouth spray are still a very reliable solution in keeping the oral cavity fresh and clean. We just be aware of the alcohol content in mouth sprays in order for us to efficiently combat its side effects such as drying of the mouth. We can do this effectively by drinking plenty of water a few minutes after applying the mouth spray. These are just some of the facts about Listerine, which includes the different ingredient used in making it effective as it is.