Base Range

LISTERINE® Base Range – the classic formulation of four Essential Oils for plaque reduction

The LISTERINE® base range contains the LISTERINE® four Essential Oils – menthol, eucalyptol, methyl salicylate and thymol. Adding LISTERINE® to a patient’s oral care regimen can reduce plaque levels significantly more than brushing and flossing alone.1

LISTERINE® penetrates deep into the biofilm to kill plaque bacteria2,3 and reduces the overall bacterial burden in the mouth.2 In fact, LISTERINE® has been shown to kill up to 97% of oral bacteria in vivo4 post-brushing, without disrupting the normal balance of flora.5

In a study of 378 people entered into a 6-month, examiner-blind, randomised, parallel-group trial, LISTERINE® Coolmint, part of the Base Range, produced a 69.7% reduction in the plaque index.6

Teeth and Gum Defence

LISTERINE® Teeth and Gum Defence combines the four Essential Oils of LISTERINE® with 100 ppm fluoride, adding fluoride to the antibacterial properties of the base range.

Stay White

LISTERINE® Stay White provides the combination of the four LISTERINE® Essential Oils with zinc chloride to reduce calculus formation.

Smart Rinse

Children’s dental health is not always optimal.


  1. Sharma N et al. Adjunctive benefit of an essential oil containing mouthrinse in reducing plaque and gingivitis in patients who brush and floss regularly. A six-month study. J Am Dent Assoc 2004; 135: 496–504.
  2. Fine DH et al. In vivo antimicrobial effectiveness of an essential oil-containing mouth rinse 12 h after a single use and 14 days' use. J Clin Periodontol 2005; 32: 335–340.
  3. Fine DH et al. Comparative antimicrobial activities of antiseptic mouthrinses against isogenic planktonic and biofilm forms of Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans. J Clin Periodontol 2001; 28: 697–700.
  4. Data on file, FCLGBP00238, McNeil-PPC, Inc.
  5. Minah G et al. Effects of 6 months use of an antiseptic mouth rinse on supragingival dental plaque microflora. J Clin Periodontol 1989; 16: 347–352.
  6. Sharma NC et al. Superiority of an essential oil mouthrinse when compared with a 0.05% cetylpyridinium chloride containing mouthrinse: a six-month study. Int Dent J 2010; 60: 175–180.