“ Brand: Boots / Type: Mouthwash / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Refreshes, „
I am a comparatively recent convert to mouthwash, but it's now one of my essentials. I was in Boots recently looking to buy some, but the Listerine stuff I bad bought previously was no longer on special offer and the price was rather offputting. I plumped instead for a couple of bottles of Boots own brand mouthwash, which was priced much more affordably at £1.99 for 500ml. One of the bottles I chose was the Smile Sensitive Antiseptic Mouthwash. The see-through bottle has a pink metallic label with the Boots Smile design of white circles and the product name. The label is reasonably attractive and eye-catching: but then you don't buy mouthwash for the packaging! The label states the product kills bacteria; provides long-lasting plaque protection; and helps freshen breath. On the back there is a clear label stating that the Sensitive Mouthwash has been formulated without alcohol to be extra kind to sensitive teeth and gums. Included are instructions on how to keep your teeth and gums healthy: I won't repeat these as I'm sure you all know how to look after your mouth! The mouthwash itself is a kind of aqua blue in colour and the flavour is described as 'Freshmint'. After I removed the cap (which was rather tricky), I tried the mouthwash out and found that it certainly tasted both minty and fresh. However it was quite mild: it certainly does not provide that 'whoosh' feeling that other mouthwash does. I've used up the whole bottle now: so, does the mouthwash live up to its claims? I'm not a scientist, so I can't judge whether or not the product kills bacteria. This is a common claim made by makers of mouthwashes, and I can't imagine this mouthwash is any worse than most, although it does feel milder than, say, Listerine, and designing a mouthwash for sensitive teeth and gums may mean that compromises have to be reached over the product's strength. However, all this is merely conjecture. Similarly, I can't prove whether or not the mouthwash provides long-lasting plaque protection, but my mouth DOES feel clean and fresh for a long time after using the product, which I feel is promising. One thing I CAN say is that the product helps freshen breath, if not to the extent of the really strong Listerine mouthwash I tried - and that was SO strong that it made my teeth more sensitive! I don't have particularly sensitive teeth, but after using the Listerine product they were feeling a bit dodgy. Since using this mouthwash my teeth have no longer felt sensitive, sharp or on edge, which is a point in its favour. It's certainly a product I'd consider buying in the future. To summarise, I do recommend this mouthwash: it does a good job, is value for money and seems to be good for sensitive teeth (although I can't speak for those with REALLY sensitive teeth!).