Listerine Users: Question About Rinsing (No Joke)

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I'm curious as to whether or not after using Listerine you rinse your mouth out with water? Or do you just let the Listerine residue stay on your teeth and tongue (it makes them green/blue). The instructions on the bottle don't say? What's a mouthwasher to do? =)
 

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I use the original yellow-brown Listerine, not the green or blue that you mention, for that exact reason. I don't want to go around with a blue mouth all day.

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I always rinse my mouth out immediately after using any type of mouthwash. I don't want to be swallowing any amount of that stuff if I can help it.
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I don't. 'Course, I use Listerine at night. In the morning, I use Act (a fluoride mouthwash), which says specifically not to eat or drink anything for 30 min after using. I just follow the same habit with the Listerine, even though it isn't necessary.
Since the active ingredient in Listerine is alcohol (I believe), which kills the bacteria during rinsing, I doubt it affect reduce its effectiveness if you rinse afterwards.
You could probably call the Listerine people and ask them
 

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No rinse for me either using the blue-green...
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I wouldn't recommend mouthwash on a regular basis in any case. If you are a smoker and/or heavy coffee drinker, using mouthwash regularly will leave your teeth more prone to stains. Don't know why, just happens.
If you are brushing and flossing regularly, you shouldn't really need mouthwash every day anyway.
Just my 2 cents.
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If you are brushing and flossing regularly, you shouldn't really need mouthwash every day anyway.
For those of us who loathe flossing, it's a partial alternative.
I've not seen anyu evidence of increased stainage -- but I don't drink/smoke. And it seems to have helped at my last dentist appt.
 

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I rinse...thoroughly. I don't want to be swallowing that stuff. The 30 seconds it's in your mouth is all it needs to do its job.
My dentist said that if the burning feeling is too much for you then you can actually cut it with water. I assume that means that you can dilute it a bit. I tried it and the burning does go away. But the burning doesn't really bother me too much anymore so I don't dilute.
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1. Floss
2. Rinse with Listerine
3. Brush Teeth
4. Rinse
This is what'd I recommend. Every visit to the dentist, I've always been complimented on my teeth's cleanliness. This is one of those things where it's worth going the extra mile.
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It depends really. Some mornings, damn, it just seems as though the stuff has tripled in potency overnight. It burns like hell and I have to rinse out. Mostly, though, I have no qualms with leaving it.
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I have been known, on occassion, to swallow the Listerine after a quick rinse (not a thorough "gunk buster" rinse, but a quickie). I normally do this before I do an improv show (I perform at Comedysports in KCMO), so that my breath is clean during the show. Nothing worse than doing comedy with someone who has ass breath.
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I usually rinse with ice cold water afterwards. I go to bed after brushing and I don't want to be swallowing alcohol all night.
BTW, after gargling with the old-fashioned Listerine, do your eyes get really bloodshot and watery like you're really stoned or is that just me?
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You're not supposed to rinse! At least that's what my oral hygenist preaches. Sure, it feels good when you rinse w/ H20, but unless you don't want the mouthwash to be effective, forget about it! Also, make sure you don't bite down/keep your teeth clenched when you brush.
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Mouthwash? Flossing? Brushing? What's all this?

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I have a question!!!
After you finish brushing, do you just simply spit the toothpaste out and you're done, or do you rinse out all the foam and toothpaste out of your moutn after you're done??? I've been brought up to rinse it all out when im finsihed, but i see on osme TV shows they just spit...
Whts the best way to do it?
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Hmmm... I use Scope. Well, Presidents Choice brand "Exact". But I'm pretty sure it's scope. Is it the same as listerine that you're supposed to 'leave it on' all day'?? I've never heard that at all.
Also, I've never tried Listerine, which is supposed to be better?
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I use Scope too. To be honest, the thought of rinsing after gargling has never occured to me. I'd rather have Scope residue in my mouth than my nasty tap water anyway.
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