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Beware of Your Mouthwash II

Posted Nov 17 2008 9:10pm

My last post on different mouthwashes generated a lot of comments.  For some time, I have been looking for an alternative to the "big two": Listerine and Crest Pro-Health. 

I came across this research abstract(pdf) presented by the "Tom's of Maine" company.  Tom's compared their natural toothpaste to other natural toothpastes along with major brands.  The clear winner to me was "Listerine Essential Care", a toothpaste I'd never even heard of. 

Listerine mouthwash uses a combination of four essential oils that has been proven to exhibit antiplaque and antigingivitis properties.  But the whole solution contains alochol, the use of which has been connected to oral cancer.  But this Listerine toothpaste seems to solve the problem: it contains the four essential oils, no alcohol, and also contains fluoride like a regular toothpaste.

Lately, I've been experimenting with just using the Listerine toothpaste only and no mouthwash.  So far, it seems to be working pretty well, so I will continue using this product for now. 

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