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The Role of Alcohol in Mouthwashes and Rinses

Read more about the important role alcohol plays in a number of LISTERINE® Brand rinses

ALCOHOL: HOW AN INACTIVE INGREDIENT DELIVERS THE ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Even though alcohol is an inactive ingredient, it plays 2 very important roles that contribute to the effectiveness of LISTERINE® Antiseptic mouthwashes:

  • Alcohol acts as a solvent to help solubilize the ingredients 
  • Alcohol also acts as a vehicle for delivering the active ingredients. Alcohol enables the 4 ESSENTIAL Oils to penetrate the plaque biofilm or bacterial communities 
  • The active ingredients, the 4 ESSENTIAL Oils, are integral to reducing plaque and gingivitis

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4 ESSENTIAL Oils

The fixed combination deeply penetrates plaque biofilm, killing bacteria and inhibiting growth