What about the Crest pro health mouthwash? It does not contain alcohol which concerns me using it so frequently in the listerine increases the chances of oral cancer according to statistics.
Thank you for your question about Crest pro health.
I suggest rinsing after brushing with Listerine followed by ACT mouth rinse:
First the concept of alcohol causing oral cancer has sprung out of the fact that some old and very strong wood alcohols have been linked to a type of cancer in alcoholics.
The pure ethyl alcohol that is used to dissolve the essential oils in Listerine has been tested extensively and has NEVER been shown to cause any oral problems even in patients with dry mouth (xerostomia). The “alcohol” fear has been hyped up by mouth rinse companies looking to squash Listerine in the market and as a selling point for their own products.
I would never want anyone to finish their rinsing program with a mouth rinse that contains alcohol, for another reason because it dries the mouth.
Dry mouth and acidity are the two things that heighten your risk for cavities and dental diseases of all kinds.
Listerine left on teeth would not only dry your mouth, but is acidic.
I suggest immediately rinsing with a mouth called ACT chosen in a flavor that does not contain alcohol.
ACT is a dilute sodium fluoride rinse that works best in an acidic mouth.
The ACT washes away acidity and alcohol and leaves a protective film on teeth that helps to make them whiter, stronger and more acid resistant.
I know ( from 30 years as a clinical dentist) that this sequence of rinsing helps people regain oral health, develop smooth and shiny teeth and enjoy wonderful dental health benefits with or without a dentist to help. I do not have any knowledge about Pro Health. I know that oral care products are big business and you need to be suspicious of new products. I also know that pro-health can stain teeth and make you NEED a dental cleaning because it contains a different fluoride: stannous fluoride.
( My teeth remain very white and I have only had one dental cleaning in twenty years!)
Give it a try if you like, but you may be disappointed.
If you do find it wonderful let me know. I am open minded and would share the information!
Ellie Phillips, DDS