“ Brand: Boots / Type: Mouthwash / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
Last year, my son was complaining about his mouth being a bit sore. When I mentioned this to the dentist, she suggested that it was probably because his adult teeth were starting to push against his baby teeth. I noticed his teeth were particularly sensitive when eating cold food like apples from the fridge, so I decided he would benefit from adding a mouthwash to his dental routine.
Although this mouthwash is recommended for children aged 6 plus, I feel that my son at age 4 (almost 5) was mature enough mentally to use this, as well as phyiscally being bigger than the average 4 year old. We have been using this mouthwash as part of his daily dental routine now for over 6 months, and he has stopped complaining about his teeth hurting unless they are at the stage where they are getting close to falling out.
Before I started him using the mouthwash, I wanted to be sure that he would use good technique with it, and also that he knew he had to spit it out, so I made him watch me use my mouthwash, and then copy me using water. When he was competent with water, I let him try the mouthwash, and he has been very good with it.
I also tried the mouth wash myself before he had it as I wanted to make sure it would not be too strong a taste for him. The taste is minty, more spearminty to me, and I would definitely say it was mild. I liked the taste of it, but I wouldn't say it leaves my mouth as fresh as an adult mouthwash. It is great for children though, and as it is alcohol free, I am confident it will not hurt his mouth as he is using it.
The bottle is a clear plastic bottle with a childproof screw on lid. It looks very attractive to kids as there is a sea scene with what looks like a dolphin on the label. The blue liquid is visible through the bottle. It contains 250ml of the mouth wash for £1.85. This is pretty good value compared to other brands of mouth wash available for children. The recommended amount per use is 10ml, measured using a line inside the lid. The liquid needs using up within 24 months of opening, but when it is being used daily at the recommended dosage, then the bottle is going to last approximately 25 days.
My son is very good about using this and he always asks me to pour it for him. I feel it has made a difference to his routine. His teeth were already in a good condition as he had a dental check before he started using this, but when it is said to help kill the bacteria in his mouth and also provide flouride to help prevent cavities, I feel more confident that I am doing the best for him to keep his smile good for life.
I have also started to let my younger son who is almost 4 start to use some of this mouth wash. He is less good about letting me get into his teeth, and I noticed that sometimes his breath had a bit of a pong to it. I followed the same routine of getting him to practice with water first, and now I have upgraded to letting him have half mouthwash half water in the cup. Even though he has only been doing this for a few weeks, I have already noticed that he no longer has the strange scent to his breath.
Overall, I think this is simple to use, and has good results when used regularly as part of a good mouthcare routine involving brushing twice daily and regular dental checks.
Harry's been moaning a bit about his gums at the moment, and while I can't see that there is anything wrong with them, I decided to look into his dental hygiene routine a bit. He brushes his teeth twice a day with my help, but my sister-in-law who is a dentist suggested I get him onto a child friendly mouthwash just to make sure his entire mouth was getting a good clean. I looked into it and the most commonly used one was the Listerine for Children but after speaking to a few parents, I decided that the Boots one would be worth a try. Firstly, it was about 1/3 of the price of the Listerine so if Harry didn't like it, I wouldn't mind chucking it and secondly he gets on well with his other Boots products that he uses.
Boots Smile Kids Mildmint mouthwash is a product specifically formulated for children over 6 years of age. It is put at this age because you have to be sure your child will be able to use it properly i.e. not swallow it every time they use it. Harry is 5 1/2 but I explained to him how to do it, made him watch me and see how I use mouthwash for a few days then decided he was ready to give it a go himself. It comes in a 250ml bottle, the liquid is a nice blue in colour so children will easily be able to monitor how much of their bottle they've used so far, and the label on the front is brightly coloured and very child friendly. The lid on the bottle is a child-safety lid though, and you have to squeeze both sides of it to open so little people can't accidentally swallow half the bottle.
To use it, simply dispense a small amount of the mouthwash into the cap. You're supposed to put it up to the line but I find that's too much for Harry so just use your common sense and use how much you think your child will be able to handle. They need to then put it into their mouth, and swish it around for up a minute. Again, this is a bit long for Harry and he manages about 30 seconds before spitting it out. The good thing with mouthwash is that children will be able to see how clean their mouth is by the remains in the sink... lovely! I've actually gone to the trouble of tasting this for the purposes of this review, it's a very pleasant mint flavour which isn't too strong, although after a while it does get stronger. The taste lingers for a while and is very pleasant, I can't see children disliking this product unless they have a severe disliking to anything minty!
I thought this product is great value for money, and one I hope to continue using with Harry for a while yet. He's been using it for about a week now and hasn't complained of any sore gums since he's been using it. His mouth is clean and fresh, and his teeth and gums are nice and healthy too. It also keeps breath nice and fresh, although Harry has never had bad breath from what I've noticed! It only cost me £1.83 which I think is great compared to the £4.50 odd price tag of the Listerine equivalent for children. It did take a bit of persuading to get Harry to use this product but once he was used to the sensation and knowing what to do, he is happy to use it in the evening after he's brushed his teeth. He does mention if he leaves it in too long his mouth is "burning" but that could just be because he isn't used to the sensation just yet. I would recommend this mouthwash to parents of children aged 6 and over as a good product to keep a good dental hygiene routine for your children, and took look after little gums and teeth too.
Recommended for children over 6 years of age.
Price: £1.83 for 250ml
Available in Boots stores and on www.boots.com
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