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~*~The Product~ 'A smart mouth'! ~*~
The 500ml alcohol free mouth wash comes in an 8 ½" sturdy transparent recyclable plastic bottle. With predominant colours of bright warm mandarin orange and ocean blue the product appears like it will rejuvenate and furnish positive results. The familiar 'Aquafresh' three stripe logo compliments the Navy blue title as the 'Extreme clean' burnt orange wording evokes the idea that this product means business on resolving dental issues! The labelling on this product has been very well thought out, with its variations in themes such as sparking effervescent bubbles surrounding the differing striped design of swirls of white, orange and silver conjuring up the feeling that this is going to be a stimulating and refreshing mouth wash.
The bold capitals stating that this is a 'purifying mouth wash...cool mint...actively freshens breath...helps clean the tongue...helps keep gums healthy'; all combine to provoke the thought that this is going to be an effective resource in promoting dental hygiene. The reverse of the labelling is even busier in design and information than the front, with details on usage directions, safety guidelines and repetitions of the marketing hype as given on the opposite side. There's a year's shelf life given for the contents, but no doubt, most consumers would have used this product within weeks of purchase so in plenty of time! Noteworthy is this product is not suitable for children six years and under.
As there are many folk that need to be aware of ingredients in products due to specific health concerns the ingredients is noted as: Aqua, Glycerin, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Citrate, Aroma, Zinc Chloride, Sodium Fluoride, Cetylpyridinium Chloride, Sodium Saccharin, Contains: Sodium Fluoride (250 ppm Fluoride).
~*~My Usage Experience~ 'Straight from the horse's mouth'! ~*~
I was interested to see if the hype of advertising material such as "Actively freshens breath..Helps clean the tongue..Helps keep gums healthy..Aquafresh Extreme Clean mouthwash purifies your breath for a fresh experience of clean..Actively freshens breath: reaches where your toothbrush can't to target sources of bad breath..Helps clean the tongue: kills 99% of bad breath causing bacteria found on the tongue*..Help keep gums healthy: by effectively reducing the bacteria that cause plaque..*in laboratory tests" would really prove true!
*Reason for purchase*
I was looking to buy an alcohol free mouth wash that wasn't too expensive. I specifically wanted an alcohol free fluid for the following reasons, far better articulated than I could put it, the website http://www.harrisdental.com/why-use-mout​hwash-choosing-the-right-one states, "There are several types of mouthwashes and it is important to find the right one for your needs. It is a great idea for everyone to use an antiseptic mouthwash which contains fluoride to help regulate bacteria while strengthening your teeth. Many mouthwashes often contain alcohol while others don't; does your mouth tend to be dry throughout the day? Try using an alcohol-free mouthwash to avoid intensifying your dry mouth. Non-alcohol based mouthwashes may be more expensive than the generic alcohol-based products, but it is a good idea to avoid the ones that contain alcohol because the acidity and sugars in alcohol tend to damage teeth over time". Sainsbury's are currently offering this product for half its normal price so I decided to order this in my online shop.
The contents have a pure image as the fluid looks like water. Unlike water though, when the bottle is disturbed the contents move like a watery oil, much like a condensed baby oil product. When the bottle is shook the fluid produces gentle bubbly suds that rise to the top.
*Ease of Usage*
Although there is a slim, small sticky strip of paper that is placed across the container and orange lid, a simple but firm half twist opens the cap. Thereafter, the lid is opened with even more ease.
Umm, this is a little disappointing for me as although it certainly smells minty, which I like, it is when I use the product that this aroma overwhelms in a negative sense! On first inhaling the scent I found the fresh, striking and cool overtones rather too overpowering, so much so that my eyes felt a little sensitive and slightly irritated! But on the whole, the fragrance leaves me with a positive revitalised sense of a cleansing aromatic herb like bouquet.
Initially I hated the taste! I only tried half a cap full the first time I used the product and felt pretty repulsed by the taste as I swilled it around my mouth. I couldn't even go on to gargle with the mouth wash and spat it out almost immediately. The liquid tasted like pre-chewed gum, I can only imagine what that taste like but a kind of stale mint combined with a sharp antiseptic like substance! I hate wasting money so I have continued to use this product on a daily basis. I am glad to report that I have actually gotten used to the taste and it now doesn't affect me in the same negative way. I cannot say I like the taste but just accustomed to it. I still only use half a cap full because any more makes me feel queasy. The aftertaste is rather like when one has had the same piece of chewed mint gum in the mouth far too long! I feel concerned that I may be giving an unwarranted negative opinion but this is according to my personal taste. As we are all unique individuals, you may feel quite different about the flavour and more positive.
The manufacture's promise that using this product 'actively freshens breath'. I would say that my breath is freshened but not to the extent I would have expected after reading all the promotional material!
As for the mouthwash helping to 'clean the tongue', as we are aware, our old enemy the bad type of bacteria gets into the grooves of the tongue and surfaces, which in turn can furnish some pretty appalling bad breath. A little scraper designed for removing such contaminants on the tongue certainly helps in this regard. It is mouth washes that can combine with this effective tool by washing the debris away. This particular mouth wash works like most others and seems to be efficient enough as a secondary tool.
So what about the accuracy in the company's statement that using this product 'helps keep gums healthy'? As the mouthwash helps to remove food debris from my teeth, it is logical to presume that it is fairly effective as a good protective agent for the gums. Since using this product I have not be troubled by mild gingivitis, of which I have suffered from time to time when I have had a sore throat and not been able to cleanse my mouth and teeth in the same way as my normal routine. Apart from the less than appealing taste of the actual product, I have not experienced tainted breath either. Therefore, full marks awarded under this sub-heading!
~*~*Supplementary Information~ 'Watch Your Mouth'! ~*~
I felt that a portion of noteworthy information on the subject of choosing mouthwashes would be apt to include in my review of this product.
"What to look for in a mouthwash..Buying a mouthwash can be a bewildering experience if you see how many products there are on the supermarket shelves.They promise to fight gingivitis, prevent tooth decay, freshen your breath, and improve whitening or all of the above. Choosing a good mouth rinse can be easier if you consider the ingredients and their effects. One of the fastest ways to absorb anything into the body is through the mouth. This is why certain drugs such as heart medication nitroglycerin, and some pain relief drugs are administered under the tongue.Remember digestion starts in our mouth. We need good bacteria in balance, and aiming to kill all bacteria with powerful antibacterial mouth rinses in our mouth doesn't make sense.Ingredients to avoid.We think it is wise to avoid some ingredients especially if you use these on a regular basis and over a long period of time. Alcohol. This dries out the mouth tissue which promotes a breeding ground for bacteria that cause bad breath.
The carcinogenicity of alcohol is a consideration too.Triclosan. This is an antibacterial and antifungal agent. There are concerns over its safety. Sodium Laural Sulphate. This is a widely used detergent that also dries out the mucosa of the mouth and makes it more susceptible to irritants. Fluoride. Controversial I know, but don't need to be in a mouth rinse as well as the many other sources that we are exposed to. Saccharin is a sweetener. It is a suspected carcinogen while sucralose may trigger migraines in some people. Synthetic colours can also be troublesome. General Use..If you would like to implement a mouthwash into your daily brushing and flossing routine try adding ½ a teaspoon of salt and/or baking soda to a glass of water. These have been proven to be safe, and they have potent antiseptic and acid neutralising properties. Use a good quality mineral sea salt they are also cost effective"!
~*~Would I Recommend? ~ 'Took the words right out of my mouth'!~*~
I am in a quandary on whether this product should be recommended as it seems to have fairly equalising pros and cons! After giving the matter some thought, I say 'yes' if you are looking for an average, inexpensive, less inclusive and basic mouth wash. But, this is where I have to say that once I finish the contents of this product I will not purchase it again! The overall lack of positives leave me feeling disappointed and more ready to pay extra for comprehensively structured mouth wash. Even the freshness I experience from the mouth wash is short lived! For instance, I will be including in my list of what to look for in a mouthwash such things as the more 'Natural mouthwashes' that 'contain herbal ingredients such as chamomile and aloe Vera which are known for their soothing qualities'.
But whatever one I next buy, I will ensure the hype of taste will be far more flavoursome! :~)
Aquafresh Extreme Clean Mouthwash 500ml is currently available at Sainsbury's on a saving of 50% as it was £2.55 but now only £1.27
Thank you for reading my review on this mouth wash :~)
Although I use mouthwash as part of my morning and evening routine, I do find it quite expensive for what it is, so I tend to switch between brands depending on what's on offer. I stumbled across this during a recent shop, and have just come to the end of the bottle, despite not being overly impressed with its effectiveness.
The mouthwash is from Aquafresh, and is part of their Extreme Clean range. I can't remember what the offer was at the time, but it is currently priced at £2.55 for 500ml. It is alcohol-free, and claims to reach places your toothbrush can't, in order to provide fresh breath and keep gums healthy and plaque free.
I really didn't get along too well with this mouthwash, finding it very weak and ineffective. I tend to find when mouthwash claims to be alcohol-free, this is usually an indication of its strength, and this was no exception. It is clear in colour, and tastes pretty awful, being minty with a horrible clinical almost chemical taste to it. It doesn't feel particularly pleasant in the mouth, which I wouldn't have minded but it didn't really seem to do much for the cleanliness of my mouth either. I found after using this in the morning, by the time I got to work the fresh feeling had already worn off, and I felt a bit self conscious that my breath wasn't as pleasant as it should be after using toothpaste and mouthwash before leaving the house.
Annoyingly, I also found using the mouthwash a bit irritating, because I use the lid to pour out the mouthwash and the lid of this one has a little lip on the end. This meant that after I swallowed the mouthwash, there was always a little at the bottom that I couldn't get out without throwing my head right back - not something I want to be doing first thing in the morning when I'm still waking up.
Obviously, I can't comment on the effectiveness of the mouthwash on the things you can't see, i.e. plaque and gum disease. I have reasonably good teeth and gums, which my dentist says is partly due to having a good routine when it comes to dental hygiene, so in this respect I guess using this was better than using nothing. However, I just didn't feel my mouth was fresh or clean after using this, and this is one of my main requirements from a mouthwash, so for this reason I won't be re-purchasing this one, regardless of whether it's on offer or not.
(Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)