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Frequently Asked Questions

Why use Listerine when you brush?

I brush my teeth every day, why do I need LISTERINE®?

Brushing cleans only 25% of your mouth, germs may get left behind even after you brush. Think about it, when was the last time you cleaned under your tongue, or on the roof of your mouth? Leftover germs may cause gum problems, plaque and even bad breath. LISTERINE® reaches your whole mouth to remove 99.9% germs and reduces gum problems in 2 weeks*.

How does LISTERINE® remove bad breath?

We often think that bad breath is just because of food that we eat but it can, in fact, be caused by leftover germs in your mouth! LISTERINE® reaches your whole mouth to remove 99.9% germs* that cause bad breath, giving you a whole-mouth clean feel. LISTERINE® ® mouthwash seeps deeper to attack the root of what causes bad breath making it far more effective than any superficial solution.

What else does LISTERINE® do apart from just giving you fresh breath?

Leftover germs may cause oral problems like bleeding gums and plaque, besides bad breath. LISTERINE® reaches your whole mouth, including hard-to-reach places where brushing misses, to remove 99.9% germs that cause these oral problems. In just 2 weeks, LISTERINE® reduces gum problems. *

How do I know I have gum problems?

Red, swollen and irritated gums, followed by a bit of blood in the sink after brushing or flossing are some of the first signs of early gum problems. Gums go from firm and healthy pink to irritated, red and puffy.

Usage – What, How, When?

When should I use LISTERINE®?

We recommend that you use LISTERINE® twice a day after brushing.

Can I replace brushing with LISTERINE®?

We recommend using LISTERINE® twice a day in addition to brushing.

Should I mix it with water before rinsing?

For best results, use undiluted 20ml of LISTERINE®.

How should LISTERINE® be used?

Rinse twice a day for 30 seconds each, with undiluted 20ml of LISTERINE® Mouthwash.

Which LISTERINE® should I use?

All variants of LISTERINE® mouthwash reach your whole mouth and rinse deep to remove 99.9% germs & reduce gum problems in 2 weeks.*

  • If you’re looking for a refreshing after-taste, try LISTERINE® Cool Mint Mouthwash or LISTERINE® Fresh Burst Mouthwash
  • For protection against cavities, we recommend LISTERINE® Cavity Fighter Mouthwash
  • If you’re looking for that intense LISTERINE® clean without any flavor, LISTERINE® Original Mouthwash is for you!
  • Looking for the power of LISTERINE® but prefer a mild taste? Try LISTERINE® Cool Mint Mild Taste Mouthwash.

The taste of LISTERINE® is so intense – is this normal?

Yes, it is perfectly normal to experience intense taste initially. It gets easier with every use. LISTERINE®’s unique formulation influences the taste and intensity of the final product.

Prefer a Mild Taste? All you need to know about the New Listerine

Is LISTERINE ® Cool Mint ® Mild Taste as effective as other LISTERINE ® mouthwashes?

Yes! LISTERINE® Cool Mint® Mild Taste Mouthwash packs the same power of LISTERINE®, in a mild taste. Swish with LISTERINE® Cool Mint® Mild Taste Mouthwash for 30 seconds twice a day, to remove 99.9% germs from your whole mouth and reduce gum problems in 2 weeks*.

Can anyone use LISTERINE® Cool Mint® Mild Taste Mouthwash?

Yes, anyone can use LISTERINE® Cool Mint® Mild Taste Mouthwash; it packs the power of LISTERINE® in a mild taste. If you’re someone who has tried LISTERINE® before and would prefer a mild tasting option, we recommend that you try this product!

Can children use this if it is mild?

LISTERINE® Cool Mint ® Mild Taste is suitable for children above 12 years of age.

How to use LISTERINE® Cool Mint Mild Taste?

Rinse twice a day for 30 seconds each, with undiluted 20ml of LISTERINE® Mouthwash.

*when used twice daily, individual results may vary. Based on clinical study for determination of the anti-plaque and anti-gingivitis activity, Feb. 2011 and Aug. 2017