When Dr. Joseph Lawrence came up with his unique formula for LISTERINE® mouthwash, he made sure to pay an homage to Dr. Joseph Lister, the English surgeon that pioneered antiseptic surgical methods, leading to more patients surviving than ever before.
Since its launch, LISTERINE® has been subjected to research and clinical trials by different experts and is now recognized for effectively helping prevent plaque deposition and gingival inflammation.
The powerful swish that kills 99.9% of germs that cause bad breath, plaque, and gingivitis for a cleaner, healthier mouth has come a long way. We have Inherited Dr. Lister’s desire to “help as many people as possible,” and continue our research to protect people’s mouths.
The LISTERINE® History at a Glance
LISTERINE® envisions a more sustainable future & launches LISTERINE® COOL MINT® Zero Alcohol Mouthwash Concentrate using 60% less plastic than a 500mL LISTERINE® bottle
Crystal Block Technology: Technology that physically block tooth sensitivity at its source**
**Via blocked dentin tubules
Rapid Fusion Technology: technology that boosts fluoride uptake in tooth enamel
The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs accepts LISTERINE®
Antiplaque and antigingivitis ADA guidelines developed
Plaque is recognized as the primary cause of caries and periodontal disease
Fluoride determined to reduce the development of caries
Johnson & Johnson starts producing floss from nylon
LISTERINE® becomes available to consumers over-the-counter
Johnson & Johnson introduces silk dental floss
LISTERINE® is developed as a surgical antiseptic
Joseph Lister used carbolic acid spray as a surgical antiseptic