“ Brand: Boots / Type: Mouthwash / What it does: Protects „
I'm not a fan of strong minty mouthwashes, or of spending a fortune for a brand only to find it doesn't last long or tastes foul. I used to use Listerine Citrus because I found this pleasant to use but can cost upto around £4 for a medium sized bottle. I came across Smile in Boots and found they had it in Citrus flavour so I decided to give it a go. I'm glad I did because I'm very happy with it, just as well really because when I bought it it was on buy one get one free!
Everyone knows that good dental hygene is a must if you want pretty, healthy gnashers. Truth is, the brands know that you want a nice smile and they charge you for the privilege in thinking you're getting top quality products that will give you perfect teeth. I'm not a dental professional so I can't say for sure if the claims on this mouthwash, or on any, are accurate. But I would say this is just as good as any leading brand at a better price, and I've read surveys that have found similar cheaper versions to be just as good too.
Smile TotalCare comes in a 500ml clear plastic bottle with a blue screw top and costs £1.99. It's described as an antiseptic mouthwash that 'works all around the mouth to kill bacterial that can cause gum problems and bad breath' by using 'clinically proven anti-bacterial ingredients' that work in proteting your teeth/gums. The mouthwash should therefore kill bacteria that lead to gum problems and bad breath whilst giving you long lasting plaque protection.
The product should be used twice daily for maximum results and should only be used by those aged 6+. To use, simply fill the cap half way (it says undiluted, and I don't think there's any need to add water anyway as it isn't too overwhelming), rinse around your mouth for upto a minute and spit out.
It has a very fruity taste, not too sharp, and reminds me of Fanta. After a minute of thinking I'd been washing my mouth with pop, I realised that I got the feeling it was working, though it wasn't too strong, sharp or powerful. I can't really say if it works on my teeth as such because I'm no dentist, but it made my mouth feel clean and my breath fresher.
Overall it's a good price and 500ml is a very decent size to last you a while at around £2. I would definitely recommend this, especially if you're like me and don't particularly like the strong minty mouthwashes.
Ive always gone for the most expensive mouth wash in boots, but this time i thought id go for the stores own brand as it was so much cheaper and i guessed the ingredients were pretty much the same.
When i used it for the first time, i found that it was really caring to the mouth, there was not much more "stinging" than any of the other brand mouth washes id used; it tasted and smelled really nice. It leaves your breath smelling fresh.
I use mine everyday in the morning and in the evening too after brushing and flossing my teeth.
This opened my eyes that there is no real need to go for the more expensive brands where you can get the same thing for much, much more cheaper. it does exactly what the more expensive brands can do and you save a bundle in the long run.
this is highly recommended
Some time ago my sister gave me a bottle of peppermint flavoured mouthwash to try as she had tried it and liked it. I cant remember now what product it was but it got me hooked on mouthwash as an idea.
I have never particularly enjoyed the taste of peppermint and as you all know most of the dental products on the market today are flavoured with peppermint. So my quest now was to find a good mouthwash that worked well but tasted of something that I actually liked!
Enter Boots Smile Totalcare Citrus Antiseptic Mouthwash, currently on sale in Boots (no, really?) at £1.99 per bottle and on offer at buy on get one free. If you do like this product it is worth waiting for the offers as they regularly sell for 2 for 1 or 3 for 2, so I stock up then! Of course you also get your advantage points too!
It comes in a 500ml clear plastic bottle with a childproof blue plastic screw top. The label on the front has the blue and white Boots logo in the top left hand corner. The word smile is written in blue with a star on the top of the i to give the impression of sparkling teeth presumably.
The rest of the label is orange and has the information that Totalcare Citrus kills bacteria that can cause gum problems and bad breath and that it gives long lasting plaque protection and fresh breath.
The writing on the back of the bottle is not on a label but rather in white letters directly on the bottle so you are trying to read what it says without having a contrast behind the letters. Add this to the fact that the letters are SMALL (and I do mean small) and reading it is going to be very tricky indeed.
By angling the bottle away from me under a bright light whilst wearing my spectacles and using a magnifying glass I can just about make out most of the writing. Thinking about it it would probably have been easier to read when the bottle was full as the white writing would have stood out better against the orange liquid inside the bottle.
Anyway the writing on the back of the bottle tells you how to use the mouthwash. You take off the cap by squeezing the sides of it and unscrewing. To be fair it isnt the best childproof top I have ever seen but it would probably make opening difficult enough to deter them!
To use the mouthwash you first brush your teeth as normal. You then half fill the cap with undiluted mouthwash, put it into your mouth and rinse it round your teeth and gums for up to 60 seconds and then spit it out. You are advised not to swallow it although I invariably swallow a little.
The liquid itself is orange in colour and the taste is a cross between an antiseptic and a citrus taste which sounds pretty disgusting but is in fact fairly pleasant well as pleasant as a mouthwash is ever going to be anyway!
After using this product my mouth always feels really clean and fresh, and my breath smells fresh too. There are always bits in the sink after using the mouthwash no matter how well I have brushed my teeth beforehand. (Just like on the advert for a rival product!)
Whether this actually has any effect on plaque or the bacteria that cause gum infections I cant say. I havent had any problems with my gums but I dont know if this has anything to do with the mouthwash or not. It isnt really something that can be quantified.
I will just say that for me there is one last advantage with this product and this one is going to sound really sad it matches the decoration in my bedroom so looks good on the shelf above the sink.
For those of you who prefer the taste of peppermint (and maybe have a blue room to match to) this product also comes in Coolmint flavour and they also do a low alcohol version for sensitive teeth, so everybodys happy then!
Just a last word of warning this product is not suitable for children under 6 years of age.
Antiseptic mouthwash designed to kill bacteria that may cause gum problems and bad breath / With clinically proven anti-bacterial ingredients to help protect teeth and gums /