Listerine Burns the Mouth, Why?

By | August 31, 2016

Nothing gives a more bad feeling than bad breath while talking. This is the reason advertisements are making gains from selling mouthwash and toothpaste that get rid of mouth bacteria. It doesn’t matter if the bacteria in the mouth is killed or not, but the fact is that everyone wants to smell good.

Listerine is a brand of antiseptic mouthwash. It was a product of a long research. The original formula had a strong flavor although variations were released that are comparatively milder. The name was inspired from Joseph Lister who was the father of modern antiseptic. Dentists tested Listerine in 1895 for the first time and it became the first ever mouthwash in the United States in 1914. In the past, Listerine could be purchased in a glass bottle placed inside a cardboard box. This product packaging went on for more the 80 years and was later changed in 1992.

The essence of cool mint was added to the product line in 1992. After two years, Listerine Antiseptic Formula and Cool Mint were two other brands that were sold in plastic bottles. Listerine comes with fresh burst and citrus scent. In 2004, cinnamon scent was introduced but did not prove successful. Listerine is made by Pfizer. There are seven scents of Listerine available in the market today. Recently, Listerine has introduced a whitening formula.

Causes of the burning sensation in the mouth

The ingredients of Listerine are methyl, thymol, eucalyptol, menthol and salicilate. These are all isomers. Listerine contains roughly 26% ethanol weight per volume which is insufficient to kill bacteria in the mouth. These ingredients are only dissolved into the tongue, gums and teeth. A burning sensation is felt when these active ingredients come in contact with the mouth and gum tissues and are propelled by brushing.

Listerine is an antiseptic and it cleans the surface of the oral cavity leaving behind and antiseptic sensation. It cannot end bad breath because while gurgling, the active ingredients are spitted out along with the saliva. Is Listerine a cause of cancer?

As Listerine is a famous and most preferred mouth wash throughout the world, rumors have surfaced that its active ingredients caused cancer. The fact is that the ingredients of Listerine act as a solvent which is a stingy 26.9% weight per volume, this makes it far away from causing oral cancer. To further crush this rumor, Rossie O’Donnel promoted Listerine in her talk show. She kissed a guest in the name of the product and the name of Listerine was revived.

There are other products with the same name as Listerine, there are mint-flavor strips and toothpastes that serve as a mouthwash. Listerine was introduced with a breath freshener spray in 2005 called PocketMist.

Listerine is considered by many as an advertising wonder. It its peak days, TV commercials were shown with young women repulsing likely boyfriends because of their bad breaths. Bad breath was not considered a main teen dating issue in the US back in the 1950s

Source by Tauqeer Ul Hassan

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