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Aquafresh Extra Care Mouthwash

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Brand: Aquafresh / Type: Mouthwash / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Refreshes,

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      12.08.2013 18:23
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      A reasonable enough mouth wash if you prefer a mild taste

      I've been a regular user of mouth washes for many years, as in addition to the fresh and minty taste, which I absolutely adore, I try to do my very best when it comes to oral care. I find the prices of mouth washes to be quite ridiculous these days especially as they don't last very long when using twice daily.

      As a consequence I tend to purchase Tesco own brand or the brand names when I can find them on special offer. Whilst I am not a fan of Aquafresh toothpaste, as it's not minty enough for me, I was keen to try out their Extra Care Mouthwash especially as it claims to tingle when being used and I managed to obtain it for half its retail price a couple of months ago.

      As far as mouth washes go, the transparent plastic bottle, which contains 500 ml is fairly appealing to the eye. The liquid contents are of a bright blue, which led me to believe that they offered a cool mint taste as opposed to the fresh mint, which is generally a vivid green colour. However, there is no information contained on the packaging to suggest the taste, which is unusual. The claim is that the mouth wash will strengthen and protect teeth and is suitable for use for adults and children over the age of 6 years.

      I favour the fact that there is an sticky label displaying the words "alcohol free" over the lid and upper section of the bottle, so it is reassuring to know that the product has not been tampered with prior to my purchase. In addition to freshening the mouth, the mouth wash contains an active strengthening mineral, which is claimed to bind to the tooth's enamel. Whilst my teeth are in an excellent condition, earlier this year a small piece of enamel chipped off one of my front teeth, which the dentist is not concerned about. However, the claim was of real interest to me especially if the enamel on my teeth has slightly weakened.

      Similar to that of other brands, it is recommended to use twice daily after brushing the teeth with one capful being sufficient for each use. We are directed to rinse our mouth with the vivid blue liquid for one minute, which is easy enough especially as it does not offer the burning sensation that I adore when it comes to mouth washes. Whilst the taste was both minty and fresh, it was of the cool mint variety and wasn't strong enough for me.

      I eagerly awaited the tingling sensation as I swished the liquid around my teeth, but nothing happened. I anticipated that it would begin once I had spat the mouth wash into the sink, but this wasn't the case. However, when taking a drink of cold water some five minutes or so afterwards, I felt an extremely delicate tingling on my tongue, which was bitterly disappointing, as I had anticipated a sensation similar to that when using a tea tree shower gel. The minty taste that lingered in my mouth was short lived with it vanishing completely after around fifteen minutes, which I felt was extremely poor especially due to the price of this product.

      As for the claims of strengthening tooth enamel, this would be impossible for me to evidence although I would strongly suspect it to be the case. I enjoyed the opportunity of trying out Aquafresh especially as it gave me fresh breath confidence albeit for a very limited period. However, I am glad that I was able to purchase it at half price as I really do not feel that it is worth its £3.05 price tag. As a result, I feel three stars to be appropriate.

      I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.

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        28.05.2012 22:48
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        a good mouthwash!

        I have never been a fussy person in regards to brushing my teeth but after both my brother and sister had issues with their teeth last year I vowed to start looking after my teeth a bit more. I saw this mouthwash on offer in Asda and it was alcohol free (meaning it was better for my teeth) so I decided to give it a try.

        I can honestly review that this is the best alcohol free mouthwash I have used in a long time. It is very long lasting, as when I get in bed I can still taste the minty freshness in my mouth, and I do not wake up with smelly morning breath which my partner enjoys, hoorah! With using this mouthwash, it is good at preventing plaque. This mouthwash is one which shows plaque as once gargled and spat out afterwards, you are able to see blue fragments which used to show bacteria. I have to confess that when I first started using it, I had a lot come out, and was quite shocked at how bad my mouth was! I have been using this mouthwash consistently for about a year I am proud to say I no longer have this issue and do not see residue after I spit it out.

        This mouthwash is suitable for young children aged 6 Years and over, abiding they understand the concept not to swallow it! As it comes for all ages it should be noted that the bottle of this mouthwash does not have a child safety cap so is easy to open; in my house I make sure it is out of reach of my 2 year old so she doesn't start drinking it without me knowing!

        What is annoying about this mouthwash is I have only been able to find it in a supermarket! I have purchased it in supermarkets like Tesco or Asda (I haven't ever seen it in Morrissons). I have not seen it available in any local chemists or pharmacists like Boots or Superdrug. However, whenever I do come across it, they have the 500ml bottle for £1.50 which I think is reasonably priced and as I brush my teeth twice a day (morning and night) this bottle lasts me around a month.

        Overall I would definitely recommend this mouthwash for great oral hygiene!

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          09.08.2011 20:49
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          I always like to use a mouthwash after brushing my teeth, I more often than not use it in the mornings and in the evenings and just brush my teeth without using one for the other times during the day. I have tried both branded and shops own brands of mouthwash and I find them all very good ones, but I do prefer a branded one. I bought this one on special offer for only £1 from my local shop, so I thought I would give it a go since I had not tried this particular one but I have tried the another flavour in this brand and quite liked it.

          This one I am reviewing is the Spearmint flavour and it comes in a transparent plastic bottle and the amount in the bottle is 250ml so quite a good size for the price. It has twist lid of which is very easy to twist the first time it is opened. The liquid inside has a hint of blue colour, it looks really refreshing inside the bottle too. It has a very strong smell of the spearmint flavour. This smell is really pleasant and it smells very fresh. The smell is very apparent immediately the top is removed with this one.

          After brushing my teeth I just fill the cap and rinse for up to 1 minute, I find this one does not burn my mouth for the whole minute as I have often found other brands have burned my mouth and I have had to spit it out well before the minute but this one is super and is quite a mild one for the mouth. It feels really refreshing while rinsing and when I have finished rinsing, I find my mouth and teeth feel amazingly refreshed and clean. When I glide my tongue over my teeth I can feel them feeling nice and clean. I have had a few problems with my gums in recent months and this wash has not irritated them to make them feel sore again, quite the opposite, this one has helped to keep them in good condition and has been nice and gentle on my gums in a way they feel really nice and they feel absolutely fine and I have had no problems with any gum irritation.

          This one is ideal for all the family to use but it cannot be used for children under the age of 6 years old. It must not be swallowed but that is common sense if you use a mouthwash on a regular basis but for people who are just starting to use one then this is the advice not to swallow it.

          It contains an active strengthening mineral which binds to the tooth enamel to help proect in the areas that need the most attention. We cannot brush every single part of our teeth no matter how hard we try and this wash can reach those areas while rinsing to help keep the teeth in a good condition and make them just that little bit stronger and healthier for as long as possible.

          I find this one also refreshes my tongue, it does not burn it in the same way as it does not burn my gums. It is a really good quality wash and one that is excellent value for the money.

          The bottle is also slimline, which means it is very easy to hold in the hands and it is not too bulky or tall and so it can easily fit inside my bathroom cabinet and not take up too much space.

          I really do love the taste of this one, I love the way it refreshes my mouth and works hard to reach areas I cannot reach with my toothbrush alone. I highly do recommend it for others to give it a go. I would definitely buy this one again because it gives me all the results that I expect from a branded mouthwash.

          I give this one 5 stars.

          Also on Ciao under my username Pinky50.

          Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.

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            03.08.2011 23:27
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            Not too impressed!

            I like to take good care of my teeth and if you've read my recent reviews you'll know that recently I have invested in an electrical toothbrush, which I love! Now, even when I used a manual toothbrush part of my daily regime was to use a mouthwash. I can't say that I am loyal to any particular brand so when I spotted the Aquafresh extra care mouthwash on offer whilst shopping a couple of months ago I decided to give it a go. Ordinarily this retails at around the £3 mark but I picked it up on offer at £2.

            The Aquafresh extra care mouthwash comes in four 'flavours'; mint breeze, tingling mint, spearmint and cool mint. The one being reviewed here is the Mint Breeze variety.The mouthwash comes in a 500ml bottle that is transparent. This is great as it allows you to see how much of the product is left. The mouthwash itself doesn't appear to be particularly exciting, being a clear liquid, especially when surrounded by other brightly coloured ones sitting on the shelf instore. Still, you shouldn't judge a product by its appearance!

            The label at the back gives some more details about the product. The mouthwash is alcohol free which for me as a Muslim is an important requirement. Also it is suitable for the whole family from ages 6 years and upwards. The mouthwash not only acts to freshen the mouth but also contains an active strengthening mineral, which binds to the tooth's enamel, to help protect it in areas that need it most.

            I am quite weary of the fact that I regularly drink fruit and vegetable juices along with smoothies, which although are great for my body they are not so good for my teeth. I am sure all of you must have seen the adverts on tv where dentists show the effect of juices on wearing away at tooth enamel so a product that helps to strengthen this is a bonus in my view. I am however surprised to note that this mouthwash doesn't mention anything about removing plaque that brushing may have missed. It's something that most other mouthwashes highlight so I am not sure what effect, if any, this has on removing plaque. I must admit that I didn't notice this fact until it came to writing this review!

            The mouthwash itself is used in the standard way. It is recommended to be used twice a day after brushing. The cap should be filled and the product should be rinsed in the mouth for up to a minute before spitting out. When swishing this around in my mouth I was surprised to note how sweet this was. The 'mintyness' is very mild and I don't think it would do a particularly good job of removing any strong odours, so if you've eaten something particularly oniony or garlicky then you might want to reach for something stronger!

            Despite being alcohol free I found this quite strong and after about 20 seconds it did start to burn my tongue. For an adult this wasn't too bad but I am sure this is not something that young children will like! After rinsing out, my mouth didn't feel particularly fresh and the sweetness of the mouthwash remained which I didn't particularly like, but I could see that this would be a bonus for young children. Scanning through the list of ingredients I spotted glycerin and saccharin both of which are sweet tasting. As for it's enamel protecting qualities - I could't really comment on this but my dentist didn't mention that I had any problems in this area anyway when I visited a couple of months ago.

            Overall, I can't say that I was too impressed with this mouthwash. I found it too sweet and not minty enough. On occasions when I've had particularly strong foods this hasn't worked too well at freshening my mouth and I can usually still taste the remains of my meal amongst the lingering sweetness! Even when I haven't eaten anything particularly strong it just leaves my mouth feeling sweet rather than fresh. I think next time I may try one of the other more mintier mouthwashes in this range.

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