Composition. The active ingredients listed on Listerine bottles are essential oils which are menthol (mint) 0.042%, thymol (thyme) 0.064%, methyl salicylate (wintergreen) 0.06%, and eucalyptol (eucalyptus) 0.092%.
Herein, what is the active ingredient in mouthwash that kills bacteria?
To combat plaque and gingivitis: Choose a rinse with cetylpyridinium or essential oils. Prescription rinses with chlorhexidine are most effective. Alcohol kills bacteria, but because of the cancer concerns, the previous ingredients are preferable.
What is in Listerine that kills bacteria?
The formula is clinically proven to kill germs that cause plaque, gingivitis, and bad breath. In fact, no other over-the-counter mouthwash has been proven in lab studies to penetrate the plaque biofilm — the layer of bacteria that can collect on surfaces in the mouth — deeper than Listerine Antiseptic.
What is in mouth wash?
Mouthwash, mouth rinse, oral rinse, or mouth bath is a liquid which is held in the mouth passively or swilled around the mouth by contraction of the perioral muscles and/or movement of the head, and may be gargled, where the head is tilted back and the liquid bubbled at the back of the mouth.