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DANGER DANGER DANGER THE WHAT AND WHY EXPLAINED
on October 8, 2015
I thought I was going insane...until I realized it was Listerine who is not taking my health seriously. Horrific company.
I decided to use this product because I hate the horrific feeling of my mouth burning from the alcohol-based version of this product. Not to mention, there may be a slight risk of increased oral cancer (after a long period of use) from any alcohol based rinses due to the intrinsic inflammation such rinses cause inside the mouth.
And so, every morning and night, exactly as per the label's instructions Of Listerine Zero, I would rinse my mouth with this product.
I noticed that after I'd wake up every morning, the inside of my mouth (mainly the gums and cheeks) would slough off (shed) massive amounts of dead tissue. It was disgusting to say the least and highly alarming as well. Others online have called this shedding "white slime", but having a medical background I know it's dead and decaying mucous membranes (the lining of the inside of your mouth). On top of that, I experience redness, significant pain, and ulceration inside the mouth.
At first, I wasn't sure this was due to the Listerine. I thought I may be having a reaction to another product. Maybe it was the new toothpaste. Maybe it was some sort of food. After carefully whittling away the other possibilities, I was 100% sure it was due to the Listerine Zero.
To make sure I wasn't the only one and that this wasn't some isolated incident, I did an online search and notice MASSIVE amounts of people reporting the same problem, including on Listerine's own website!
Listerine KNOWS this is NOT an uncommon reaction to their product despite saying on their website when someone complains: "This is not a reaction we'd expect while using this product" on their own website, however their OWN WEBSITE has a ton of the same complaints as do other websites online. You can google "listerine zero" and see similar reviews on their website.
Since Listerine, being such a "caring company", didn't mention the possibility or warning of this horrific reaction anywhere on their product as a good company would, nor why it was occurring to me, I decided to research it for myself.
The answer for most people? Most likely it is a reaction to an ingredient called sodium lauryl sulfate. What is it? A DETERGENT used in cleaning products known to science and medicine to cause taste alteration, irritation, and ulceration in people. You know what else? SLS has been shown to actually DECREASE the effectiveness of fluoride at preventing tooth decay. The same fluoride found in your toothpaste and in Listerine's product.
Yep, good old Listerine put in a known, irritating, detergent inside of its product that causes the tissues inside of your mouth to die. And it put in the same ingredient to counteract the effects of its fluoride ingredient. Commece slow, sarcastic, clap in Listerine's direction and probably a class action lawsuit in the future.