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LISTERINE® Usage Guidelines and Covid-19 Outbreak

 

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health stands by the World Health Organization

The effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic are undeniable. We encourage Consumers to learn about and follow guidance provided by the World Health Organization.

 

OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19

At Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health, we are committed to helping individuals and communities around the world manage the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19. Our teams are actively working to maintain production of high-demand consumer health products, including LISTERINE® brand products.

As COVID-19 strains healthcare resources globally, it is more important than ever to help people stay healthy and out of a stressed healthcare system. Our mouthwash is in high demand as consumers focus on personal hygiene. We are prioritizing the continued production of high-demand products to maintain supply, all while ensuring the highest level of quality and safety.

 

Johnson & Johnson’s Response to Dental Professionals

USE AS DIRECTED

There have been consumer questions around the effectiveness of LISTERINE® against COVID-19. The health and safety of our consumers is paramount. Here are some frequently asked questions with answers from the makers of LISTERINE®.

No. LISTERINE® is a daily mouthwash which has been proven to kill 99.9% of germs* that cause bad breath, plaque and gingivitis. LISTERINE® mouth rinse has not been tested against the coronavirus and is not intended to prevent or treat COVID-19. Patients should follow the preventive measures issued by the World Health Organization including washing hands frequently, maintaining social distance and avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth.

*Lab test only. Germ kill% in the mouth can be lower

No. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the use of a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol in order to protect yourself. Only some LISTERINE® formulations contain alcohol, and if present is only around 20% alcohol. LISTERINE® is not intended to be used, nor would it be beneficial as a hand sanitizer or surface disinfectant.

No. LISTERINE® mouth rinse has not been tested against the coronavirus and is not intended to prevent or treat COVID-19.

No. LISTERINE® mouthwash has not been tested against any strains of coronavirus.

Only some LISTERINE® formulations contain alcohol, and if present is only around 20% alcohol. LISTERINE® is not intended to be used, nor would it be beneficial as a hand sanitizer or surface disinfectant.

LISTERINE® is clinically proven to kill 99.9 % of germs* that cause bad breath, plaque and gingivitis.

*Lab test only. Germ kill% in the mouth can be lower

LISTERINE® products are only intended to be used to help prevent common oral health problems like bad breath, plaque, cavities, gingivitis and tooth stains. Patients should consult with their doctor or pharmacist on how to treat, prevent or relieve the pain of a sore throat.

 

OTHER PRODUCT RELATED QUESTIONS

Reduced Call Center and Contact Us Support

Due to the evolving public health emergency, you may experience a delayed response when contacting our Call Center and Contact Us. We appreciate your patience as we strive to provide the best service for you and your patients during this time.