Dear Dr. Ellie:
I have been hearing a lot about crest pro health mouth wash. what are your opinions about that and is it better then Listerine? I had recently heard that rinsing with alcohol based mouth washes can cause oral cancer which is why I have been looking for something else besides Listerine.
I think the companies with mouth rinses to sell love to promote negative stories about Listerine the top selling mouth rinse for generations, (it was originally used as an antiseptic for skin during the 1800s!)
I agree that you do not want to leave alcohol on teeth at the end of mouth rinsing not because of oral cancer but because it dries the mouth and dries the teeth. The whitening products with peroxide are far more likely to cause oral cancer than anything else. Don’t use any of these!
I suggest a sequence of mouth rinsing in which Listerine is used before the final rinse. This way we use the cleaning benefits of Listerine but eliminate the mouth drying alcohol by rinsing it off with a non-alcohol protective rinse (ACT).
My system is amazing when you use it in the way I recommend.
If you want to try these other systems remember they were designed by people who are making money from the sales. I have no investment in any of these rinses or toothpaste. You can go to Walgreens and buy them all.
Why do I do what I do? Because my system works and over the years your teeth get healthier and healthier. Try it for yourself and then you will be able to compare the other products (if you want to).