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LISTERINE Whitening Plus Restoring Fluoride Rinse, Clean Mint (old formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the LISTERINE Whitening Plus Restoring Fluoride Rinse, Clean Mint (old formulation) product label collected on July 23, 2013 for safety according to the methodology outlined in our Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. We assess the ingredients listed on the labels of personal care products based on data in toxicity and regulatory databases, government and health agency assessments and the open scientific literature. EWG's rating for LISTERINE Whitening Plus Restoring Fluoride Rinse, Clean Mint (old formulation) is 4.

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Data last updated: July 2013

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is LOW

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Multiple, additive exposure sources
  • Contamination concerns
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Miscellaneous
  • Occupational hazards
  • Persistence and bioaccumulation
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Fair
SODIUM FLUORIDE
Appeared as: SODIUM FLUORIDE (0.221% (0.01% W/V FLUORIDE ION)

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
• Occupational hazards (high)

Good

• Use restrictions (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
• Occupational hazards (high)

Fair
UNSPECIFIED FLAVOR
Appeared as: FLAVOR

None

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Fair
ETHANOL
Appeared as: ALCOHOL

• Enhanced skin absorption
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)

Limited

• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Robust

Fair
SORBITOL
Appeared as: SORBITOL SOLUTION

Fair

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)

Fair

• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

Fair

• Use restrictions (low)

Limited

Product's Animal Testing Policies

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Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Active Ingredients: Sodium Fluoride (0.221% (0.01% w/v fluoride ion), Anticav), Inactive Ingredients: Water, Alcohol 10.5%, Sorbitol Solution, Hydrogen Peroxide, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Extract, Flavor, Poloxamer 407, Sodium Saccharin, Phosphoric Acid, Disodium Phosphate, Sucralose

Directions from packaging:

Important: Read directions for proper use. To Open: Squeeze smooth areas on cap and turn. To Close: Turn cap until it locks. Adults and Children 12 Years of Age and Older: Use twice daily after brushing your teeth with a toothpaste. Vigorously swish 10 ml (2 teaspoonfuls) of rinse between your teeth for 1 minute and then spit out. Do not swallow the rinse. Do not eat or drink for 30 minutes after rinsing. Supervise children as necessary until capable of using without supervision. Children Under 12 Years of Age: Consult a dentist or doctor. Store at controlled room temperature 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C).

Warnings from packaging:

Stop use and ask a dentist if oral irritation or tooth sensitivity occurs. Keep out of reach of children. If more than used for rinsing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away. Do not use if printed Listerine band around cap is broken or missing.

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