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Lawrence of New York, NY Verified Reviewer
Original review: Sept. 6, 2022
I'm a 79-year-old male who takes excellent care of his mouth, teeth & gums. I've been using Listerine products for years! My doctor recommended Total Care Listerine Zero Alcohol. I managed to get through a bottle and a little more of another one. All of a sudden my mouth & lips started getting very dry over the Labor Day weekend and my mouth started peeling this cheesy like substance that you could rub right off with your finger in the inside of your mouth and it wouldn't let up. It felt like a snake who was shedding his skin.
My mouth became so raw from this product that I also got a blister inside my mouth. I'm a stage 4 cancer survivor I thought it was a reaction to my medication I didn't think Listerine could do something like this to me it was like a bad Halloween trick or treat joke. I thought I might have cancer of the mouth I didn't know what was happening but I found out it was due to the Listerine Total Care and I'm Furious about it. After reading some of the reviews on the total Listerine site there is enough people having the same problem and it should be taken off the market or at least stated on the label that this could happen to some people instead of scaring the hell out of everybody who is a victim of this product.
It created much stress and pain in my mouth and I'm very upset with this experience and do not want to see other people suffer and go through the scare I went through. I contacted the company and all they said is we will give you a refund. They were completely indifferent to my issue. Since I saw many people on their site with the same complaint you would think they would do something about it?
2 people found this review helpful
Joan of Roswell, NM Verified Reviewer
Original review: Sept. 15, 2020
Please do not buy this. It tastes horribly like chemicals. The smell reminds me of the bug spray I use in my yard. It burned my tongue and mouth. I threw up about twenty minutes after I used it because the horrible taste would not go away. I even tried cough drops to get rid of the sickening taste. If it had not been sealed with plastic I would of thought it had been tampered with. Worst mouthwash taste and I truly wonder what exactly is in this. I will never buy any Listerine products again. Please do not waste your money on this.
16 people found this review helpful
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Stacey of Whiteford, MD Verified Reviewer
Original review: July 2, 2020
I have used Listerine most of my life. This time I purchased the Total Care. BIG MISTAKE. Not only does it burn worse than any mouthwash I have ever tried, it gave me actual burns and blisters on my lips and tongue! It has been 3 days and it hasn’t gotten better. Even putting on lip balm hurts! I wish I had read the other reviews before I purchased this product. There obviously has not been enough testing done. I am in so much pain. I will never buy Listerine again.
12 people found this review helpful
J of Nashua, NH Verified Reviewer
Original review: Oct. 19, 2019
I bought the Listerine Total Care without alcohol. The first night I used it it burnt my tongue very bad and I lost all taste in my mouth for three days. My tongue is still burnt and it’s hard to eat a lot of foods. I don’t know why they continue to sell this product when it’s had such an adverse reaction. I’m on board with the other poster for the lawsuit because this is ridiculous. I’ve called and complained and they just keep sending me the same form to fill out like six times so I don’t think they really even care.
32 people found this review helpful
K. F. of Brandywine, MD Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
Original review: Sept. 29, 2019
I used Listerine Zero Alcohol ‘ONE’ time and that formula had my tongue white and peeling as if I had oral thrush!! Now that I look on the bottle, there’s really no ingredients listed. Listerine needs to discontinue this product because it’s causing damage to the inside of people’s mouths. If anyone is up for a class action lawsuit, hopefully there are some lawyers on this board to start one for us. Everyone, take pictures of the damage done to your mouth because this product is awful and needs to go!!! **
22 people found this review helpful
Traci of Newport, MN Verified Reviewer
Original review: Aug. 8, 2019
I purchased this mouthwash, thinking that it would be good to have the fluoride protection, and that since it was alcohol free it would be gentle in my mouth. Wrong! The first time I used it I noticed that it stung quite a bit, but I kept using it, theorizing that was normal, and happy that it wasn't as bad as the burn would be with alcohol. My mouth started sloughing on the inside, which I just thought meant it was working, i.e. getting rid of bacterial film. I noticed that my teeth were getting extremely sensitive as well, to the point in which I had to brace myself to take a hot or cold drink. I did not put two and two together with the mouthwash at that time.
Finally, after a month of using it, I got a bright light and looked inside my mouth...my cheeks were ulcerated on the inside, and was sore. It finally dawned on me that it was likely the mouthwash. I quit using it immediately, and two days later I had zero soreness in my mouth, the ulcer was almost gone, and thankfully, the tooth sensitivity went away about as rapidly as well. I will never again buy Listerine! I realize that not everyone is as sensitive as I am, but this to me is a dangerous product.
29 people found this review helpful
Sourabh of Gr Noida, Other Verified Reviewer
Original review: March 27, 2019
When I use this product for first time only for 2 days for gum problems, but it creates more problem in my throat & tongue. In my tongue and throat itches and start pain in my throat and white ulcers comes on my mouth, I have many problems for eating and drinking water also. It's very bad product, so please don't purchase or use this product.
29 people found this review helpful
C of Altoona, PA Verified Reviewer
Original review: Oct. 9, 2018
I purchased Listerine Zero Alcohol mouthwash yesterday morning. I used the product 1 time. I am now experiencing chemical, ulcer like, sores/burns on my tongue, the inside area of my mouth is peeling, and I have lost all sense of taste. I have brushed my teeth at least 4x since using it, and there has been no change in being able to taste or stop the peeling. I absolutely refuse to use even a drop of this product again, and I am keeping the rest as I am considering contacting someone for legal advice. I highly HIGHLY recommend staying as far away from this product as you can. I have seen several other reviews on here mentioning having the same issues. If I could rate it at a negative I would.
49 people found this review helpful
Shana of Fayetteville, GA Verified Reviewer
Original review: Oct. 4, 2018
Tried this product because I didn't want the burn of the alcohol. But whatever is in this is still causing a slight burning sensation. But that's not the weird part. My mouth seems to be shedding so idk what is going on. That has never happened before until I started to use it. I am definitely discontinuing the usage.
34 people found this review helpful
Glyn of Grays, Other Verified Reviewer
Original review: June 29, 2018
Oh my god I am just like the fellow before me, used Listerine Zero as I thought it will be more gentle but this product burnt my mouth took layers of skin off the inside of my mouth & inside lips. Never again will I use Listerine.
37 people found this review helpful
Which Listerine is the strongest? ›
Listerine Total Care: The best all-round mouthwash – if you don't mind the sting. Listerine dominates the mouthwash market, and Total Care is its flagship product. Boldly, it claims to kill up to 97% of germs, while reducing plaque by up to 56% more than brushing alone.Which Listerine is the best for bad breath? ›
Listerine® Cool Mint mouthwash, with its refreshing minty taste, is an ideal choice for preventing bad breath. Listerine® Cool Mint fights germs that cause plaque, freshens breath, and removes germs left behind after brushing.What are the side effects of Listerine mouthwash? ›
Listerine Mouthwash is a Mouthwash manufactured by Johnson & Johnson Ltd. It is commonly used for the diagnosis or treatment of Germ killing, Protection of germs, plague, gum disease, inflammation of gums. It has some side effects such as Site burns, lip swelling, burning, gingival pain.Is Listerine total care any good? ›
Feel Fresh With Total Care Mouthwash
After using Listerine, I feel that my gums are healthier, stronger and it doesn't bleed anymore. It kills all the hidden germs and it protects my gums. I feel so safe now and it feels so refreshing after wash and it smells really good! Definitely will recommend this!
It is a broad spectrum antimicrobial with particular use against bacteria that cause gum disease. Dentists do sometimes employ chlorhexidine mouthwash to treat patients with gum disease. Studies have shown it can reduce inflammation caused by periodontal bacteria.
Fluorides are good for your teeth and antiseptics are good for your gums. The green and blue bottles represent the antiseptic mouthwash, while the purple represents the fluoride mouthwash. Dental hygiene is incredibly important.How can u tell if your breath stinks? ›
If you think you might have bad breath, there is a simple test that you can do. Just lick the inside of your wrist and sniff – if the smell is bad, you can be fairly sure that your breath is too. Or, ask a very good friend to be absolutely honest with you; but do make sure they are a true friend.Is TheraBreath or LISTERINE better? ›
Final Verdict. We chose the TheraBreath Healthy Gums Oral Rinse as the best overall pick because it combats germs linked to gingivitis without irritating the gums. Listerine's Zero Alcohol Mouthwash is another alcohol-free option.Does LISTERINE get rid of halitosis? ›
Rinsing with mouthwash allows you to clean virtually your entire mouth and helps freshen your breath. A twice-daily routine of brushing, flossing and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash like LISTERINE® Mouthwash can help prevent and treat halitosis.What is the healthiest mouthwash? ›
- hello Naturally Healthy Anti-Gingivitis Mouthwash.
- Tom's of Maine Wicked Fresh Mouthwash.
- Tom's of Maine Whole Care Anticavity Mouthwash.
- hello Kids Wild Strawberry Anticavity Mouthwash.
- hello Naturally Fresh Antiseptic Mouthwash.
- hello Fresh Spearmint Moisturizing Mouthwash.
Why does Listerine burn so much? ›
Some mouth rinses contain high levels of alcohol — ranging from 18 to 26 percent. This may produce a burning sensation in the cheeks, teeth, and gums. Burning can also come from consistent mouthwash use, which causes irritated mouth tissue and can lead to mouth sores.How many times a week should you use Listerine? ›
To help ensure your whole mouth gets clean, properly use a LISTERINE® Mouthwash twice daily.Do dentists recommend using Listerine? ›
When it comes to general dentistry, it is recommended that you use mouthwash as part of your daily oral hygiene regimen because it kills the germs left in your mouth after brushing. Most adults use a mouthwash that contains alcohol because they believe it kills germs more effectively than alcohol-free mouthwash.Is Listerine dentist approved? ›
The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs' Acceptance of Listerine Antiseptic is based on its finding that the product is safe and has shown efficacy in helping to prevent and reduce gingivitis (and plaque above the gumline), when used as directed.Should Listerine be rinsed? ›
It is not recommended to rinse your mouth with water after you have just used mouthwash. This is because many mouthwashes contain ingredients such as fluoride that need time to start working. If you rinse your mouth out straight after, the fluoride will also be washed away during the rinsing.Why do dentists say not to use mouthwash? ›
Mouthwashes that kill 99.9% of the bacteria in your mouth are also killing off good bacteria. This can damage the mouth's microbiome and its ability to fight cavities, gingivitis and bad breath.How do I choose the right mouthwash? ›
- Got dry mouth? Choose alcohol-free. ...
- Need to attack plaque? Avoid “cosmetic” mouthwash. ...
- Prone to cavities? Look for cavity-fighting mouthwash. ...
- Want to avoid staining? Avoid CPC.
Chlorhexidine digluconate mouthwash from Corsodyl acts rapidly, killing the bacteria that cause plaque in just 30 seconds. Chlorhexidine digluconate is an antibacterial ingredient that fatally damages bacterial cell walls in just 30 seconds.What is so special about Brown Listerine? ›
The label says it can kill 99.9% of germs “that cause bad breath, plaque & gingivitis”. While it's a popular mouthwash, people have also found plenty of ways to use Brown Listerine. What is this? They pour it on their toenails to kill fungus, in toilets to clean it up, and even in garbage bins to reduce the stink.Which Listerine is best for plaque? ›
Listerine® Total Care Tartar Protect Mouthwash is specially formulated to reduce the build-up of tartar, keeping teeth stainless and naturally white. It prevents and reduces plaque, fights germs between teeth, and freshens breath for up to 24hr.
What does blue Listerine do to your teeth? ›
Fights tartar buildup & kills 99.9% of germs that cause bad breath, plaque, and gingivitis/early gum disease. Helps to dissolve the oils in our mouthwash. Helps prevent Tartar build-up.How can I have fresh breath all day? ›
- Brush your teeth after you eat. Keep a toothbrush at work to use after eating. ...
- Floss at least once a day. ...
- Brush your tongue. ...
- Clean dentures or dental appliances. ...
- Avoid dry mouth. ...
- Adjust your diet. ...
- Regularly get a new toothbrush. ...
- Schedule regular dental checkups.
Mouth infections can cause bad breath. However, if your dentist has ruled out other causes and you brush and floss every day, your bad breath could be the result of another problem, such as a sinus condition, gastric reflux, diabetes, liver or kidney disease. In this case, see your healthcare provider.How can I make my breath smell good without anything? ›
Eat a piece of sugarless candy or chew sugarless gum
You can suck on a piece of sugarless candy or chew sugarless gum to help stimulate saliva flow. Your saliva will help to wash away food debris and bacteria that cause bad breath.
The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs Acceptance of TheraBreath Fresh Breath Oral Rinse is based on its finding that the product is safe and has shown efficacy in helping to reduce bad breath, when used as directed.Is Listerine better than salt water? ›
Salt Water vs.
While both salt water rinses and mouthwashes can help improve your oral health and reach places your toothbrush can't, rinses are cheaper than mouthwashes and just as effective at killing bacteria.
While your gums won't grow back on their own, surgical treatment can be used to replace the missing tissue, and restore both your appearance and your oral health. Gum grafting involves taking soft tissue from another part of the mouth and grafting it onto your gums.Does Beyonce's breath stink? ›
Andy Cohen had heard of it, omniscient being as he is, and so he asked Fiddy about it. And Fiddy said, “It's not really bad, like her breath doesn't smell.” So! There you have it. Beyoncé's breath does not smell bad.What is it called when your breath stinks? ›
Halitosis. The microscopic uneven surface of the tongue can trap bacteria that produce odors, contributing to bad breath. Bad breath, also called halitosis, can be embarrassing and in some cases may even cause anxiety.What is the fastest way to cure halitosis? ›
- Brush and floss more often. ...
- Rinse your mouth out. ...
- Scrape your tongue. ...
- Avoid foods that sour your breath. ...
- Kick the tobacco habit. ...
- Skip after-dinner mints and chew gum instead. ...
- Keep your gums healthy. ...
- Moisten your mouth.
Why you should not use mouthwash everyday? ›
Even mouthwash that doesn't contain alcohol may cause unwanted side effects such as tooth staining if used too often. Make sure you talk with your dentist in Manassas about any mouthwash you use and how often you use it.Do you brush or mouthwash first? ›
Using a mouthwash that contains fluoride can help prevent tooth decay, but don't use mouthwash (even a fluoride one) straight after brushing your teeth or it'll wash away the concentrated fluoride in the toothpaste left on your teeth. Choose a different time to use mouthwash, such as after lunch.Are all Listerine mouthwashes the same? ›
Not really. While every brand has its own variation, the formulas for many mouthwashes and mouth rinses use the same ingredients to accomplish their goals. The difference between the brands often comes down to taste and whether they include alcohol.Does Listerine burn mean its working? ›
We've found that some patients are okay with the burning sensation because it confirms that the Listerine is working and they'll be left with fresh breath. Other patients, especially those with sensitive gums cannot tolerate the burning.What is the best time to use Listerine? ›
Although you can use mouthwash whenever you need to freshen your breath, the best time to use mouthwash is right after you eat. The sugars in the food and drinks you consume make your mouth more acidic. If you brush your teeth immediately after eating, you brush acid into your teeth, causing tooth erosion.Can Listerine cause damage? ›
Commercial mouthwashes such as Listerine have an acidic pH that may cause harm to the enamel if used too frequently. It is also important that you limit the duration of contact between the mouthwash and your teeth.Is Listerine better morning or night? ›
Night time is the best time to use a mouthwash. 10-15 mins post breakfast is the ideal time to use a mouthwash if you are using it in the morning. Mouthwash is a temporary way to kill your bad breath. Using a mouthwash helps getting rid of any remnant bacteria left behind even after brushing and flossing your teeth.How long should you swish Listerine in your mouth? ›
Mouthwash is generally meant to be swished around in the mouth for 30 to 60 seconds. Make sure you follow the directions on your specific bottle. Swishing for less than 30 seconds isn't usually enough time for the mouthwash to be effective while swishing for longer than a minute won't give you any additional benefits.Why do you have to wait 30 minutes after using mouthwash? ›
Short answer: It doesn't matter. However, if you are using a fluoride toothpaste, wait at least 30 minutes before you rinse (yes, even a fluoride one) as it'll wash away the fluoride from the toothpaste before it can do its job. If you do use a fluoride mouthwash, wait 30 minutes before you eat or drink.What percent alcohol is brown Listerine? ›
Listerine, on the other hand, is 26.9% alcohol, making it the brand that contains the highest percent alcohol. This is higher than many brands of beer and wine, which is why many alcoholics will choose to drink Listerine over other brands.
What's the difference between purple and blue Listerine? ›
There are two main types of mouthwashes within each brand: (1) fluorides and (2) antiseptics. Fluorides are good for your teeth and antiseptics are good for your gums. The green and blue bottles represent the antiseptic mouthwash, while the purple represents the fluoride mouthwash.Is TheraBreath or Listerine better? ›
Final Verdict. We chose the TheraBreath Healthy Gums Oral Rinse as the best overall pick because it combats germs linked to gingivitis without irritating the gums. Listerine's Zero Alcohol Mouthwash is another alcohol-free option.What is yellow Listerine good for? ›
Clinically proven health benefits. The power to kill germs that lead to bad breath, plaque and gum disease. 21% greater gingivitis reduction than merely brushing and flossing alone. Was shown in a clinical study to reduce 52% more plaque than brushing and flossing alone.What is the stuff you spit out after mouthwash? ›
First off the clumps of stuff you spit out is NOT pieces of skin inside your mouth. It is a chemical reaction with saliva, plaque, and bacteria that tends to clump up after rinsing our your mouth.Is Brown Listerine supposed to burn? ›
It's not unusual for mouthwash to burn as you rinse your mouth with it. Ingredients like alcohol and menthol, which cause the burning sensation, are often found in mouthwash.Can Listerine make you fail a breathalyzer? ›
Alcohol-based mouthwash products, like Listerine, can cause you to fail a Breathalyzer test for as long as 10 minutes after use. If you're a driver under the age of 21, the effect could last even longer since the blood alcohol content thresholds are even lower for an underage DWI.When did Listerine stop using alcohol? ›
In 2009, Johnson and Johnson launched a new alcohol-free version of the product called Listerine Zero.Why is Listerine so strong? ›
Most Listerine products, a popular antiseptic mouthwash brand, cause a burning sensation. Listerine contains menthol, eucalyptol, thymol, methyl salicylate and alcohol. The first four ingredients are essential oils. It is the alcohol and the essential oils in the products that cause the burn.