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I have recently started to use mouthwash again the last one I used was an alcohol based one some years ago and I didn't like the chemical like taste in my mouth and how long it lasted as it affected things like the way my food and drink tasted.
This mouthwash is not at all like that and is alcohol free ( being for sensitive teeth ) it also Contains fluoride and Kills up to 99.9% of germs in the mouth. I found out about this mouthwash through some research which after getting advice from another dentist that my teeth still need the tarter removed and that the plaque has to be removed within days of the dentist cleaning ( about 10 days ) or it turns to tarter and become to hard.
This lead me to finding a video about plax ( the American version). In the demonstration the girl was shown using plax before and after cleaning her teeth, as this is supposed to make removing the plaque easier by using it beforehand as well. This seemed like a good idea and I have been doing this for several months and had no problems like I did before ( so far so good).
The mouthwash itself comes in a 500ml bottle with a white cap and is £3.29 in Tesco (where I buy it) as of July 2013. It is light pink and is very tasty. It does not sting my mouth at all and I have a few problems with my teeth now and then. I only use a small amount then I don't have a big mouth !
Some people may want a stronger mouthwash , I have used ones like corsydol and listermint but they are a bit strong and just overkill for me. With this I can still eat and drink normally after about 5 or 10 minutes.
This is a review of Colgate Plax sensitive mouthwash. I am on the search for the best mouthwash and have tried plenty. I find they all differ so much in taste and longevity. With this bottle. I was using a sensitive toothpaste and wanted to complement it with a similar mouthwash to see if it made any difference to the tooth sensitivity I have been experiencing.
The bottle is clear plastic and the lid for once is not one of those tamper proof ones you usually get on mouthwash. It is simply a screw top. This suits me as it is kept out of reach of children and doesn't fox me at the point of use. The liquid inside the bottle is a pale pink and you can use the lid as a measuring cup.
I find the taste of this particular variety of mouthwash quite curious. At first I thought it was nasty. It reminded me of the shock you get when you usually chew mint gum and you have a stick of juicy fruit instead. Having said that, it does have minty undertones and is not exactly like juicy fruit (which I don't like). After a week of use, I was totally used to the taste and may go as far as saying I quite liked it. At first I found myself rinsing with water to get rid of the taste which surely defeats the point. I can now carry on after mouthwash without the rinse. I would never throw away something like this so usually persevere with most products rather than waste them.
I bought a 500ml bottle of this mouthwash when it was on offer in Boots. I paid around £2 for it which I think is quite reasonable although I will always look out for offers as I prefer to feel I have got a bargain for something that essentially gets spit (or is it spat?) down the plughole.
The mouthwash is designed to be marketed as a premium brand and I am a lifelong user of Colgate products so trust this innately. The bottle is alcohol free which I presume is a good thing and promises 12 hours of protection from using. Therefore I use this twice a day, morning and night. This 500ml bottle will last me around a month.
As for the sensitive claim, I don't think my teeth have got any worse but I can't say there is a marked improvement either. I like the gentle nature of this product and don't feel it is as harsh as some of the other mouthwashes I have used.
Apart from the initial reaction I had to the taste, I have to say I would buy this again. I found it pleasant to use and the sensitive properties will hopefully help my teeth when drinking cold drinks. I would recommend it as a good mouthwash but will still try other brands depending on offers and prices.
Most of my family use the Colgate brand in our house and always have been impressed by the quality that it provides them, so when purcahsing mouthwash, it's safe to say they'll always go for one from Colgate. I suffer from quite sensitive teeth but do use mouthwash quite a lot, so I was hoping for one that would stop the ouch feeling I sometimes get on my teeth.
You can find this in places like Asda and Boots for around £3, however I bought mine for £1 when it was on offer. Normally, you can find them reduced to, which is always a plus.
Colgate Plax Sensitive is designed to cater towards those with more sensitive teeth, which is why I find it to be much better than the other ones around for my teeth. It doesn't have the sting that happens sometimes with mouthwash on my teeth either which was quite a nice addition!
The mouthwash states that it would kill up to 99.99% of germs and have 12 hour protection against bacteria and plaque, and it does make my teeth feel much cleaner than they have done with previous moutwashes. It also says it delivers fresh breath that's noticeable, I felt that it did do this and it lasted for quite a while.
It does have a taste of mint, however this is quite mild, so being someone who hates the taste of mint I was quite happy with it as it isn't as bad as some of them out there. You don't have to use too much for this to work, as after only using half a lid full it seemed to do the job well. This was also a bonus as it does mean that the bottle lasted for quite a while. Mine must last around 2 months before it actually ends up running out completely.
After using the mouthwash, it definitely does what it says on the bottle, as it made my mouth feel fresh for a while and did leave an aftertaste of mint for a while. It also has improved my sensitive teeth quite a bit, as with cold food they don't hurt as much now. I'd definitely recommend it.
As you may know if you have read my other reviews, I am a huge fan of dental hygiene! I am also a huge fan of mouthwash, I am by no means brand loyal and do tend to go with what is on offer at te current time. I love trying new ones and do get bored of using the same one for a while. I usually have two or three different ones on the go in my bathroom at one time! I first tried this 2 weeks ago, I was shopping at tesco and this was on a 3 for 2 offer at £3.29 each, I decided to give it a try and bought three bottles. The reason why I bought it was because I have found Colgate products to be the best for oral hygiene and I use them when they are on offer at better prices than usual as they can be rather expensive at times. I will now go into more detail on the mouthwash and give my opinions! :)
For your money you receive a bottle containing 500ml of mouthwash, the bottle is made out of plastic which is completely clear, the lid is white. It's avert simple design. The mouthwash is clear like water which is strange because it's very rare to see a clear one, they're usually fancy colours to entice you into buying them. The front of the bottle advertises how it is a sensitive mouth wash and that it is completely alcohol free. You are also told that this will gently care for sensitive teeth and gums, it will kill 99.9% of germs, gives you very fresh breath and leaves you with a 12 hour protection after use. It is also antibacterial. The back of the bottle gives you instructions on how to use, you simply fill the cap halfway and swig around your mouth for 30 seconds. It also tells you how it has been clinically tested and approved by dentists and uses flouride to protect teeth against cavities. Overall it has a different plain style to it compared to others on the shelf. It's simple but I believe it's effective as it is a no nonsense design! It tells you exactly what it does without fancy colours and designs.
It is a very different taste to anything I have tried before. It is very mild mint flavour that almost tastes neutral in your mouth. It's not strong and doesn't really feel like mouthwash. However when you spit it out you are left with a fresh minty taste which I found strange! It smells great on your breath though. It's great If you suffer from sensitivity too, I do and it helped me out. My teeth also felt really smooth and clean, it really works nicely. Is one of the best I have tried. It's strange because it's completely see through! It will not tingle your mouth at all so it's great for kids and the whole family!
I really like this mouthwash, it's worth its cost. It may be expensive but it really works and is worth the try. Colgate are a great brand and have very high quality products. I am going to be giving this mouthwash a 5 star rating as it completely works for me. I have a lot left to use and I'm happy to use it all! I would recommend this to anyone with a family who wants something everyone can use, you will calm your sensitive areas of your mouth and have fresh breath all day :)
Thanks for reading my review
I like to take good care of my teeth so mouthwash is a must have in our house. I usually tend to buy stronger mouthwashes such as Listerine but since I am trying to save some pennies and the only mouthwash that was on offer in my local Tesco was this Colgate Plax sensitive mouthwash I thought I would give it a go.
This mouthwash is designed to be used by people with sensitive teeth and gums and has an alcohol free formula in order to provide this more gentle care to your mouth. My teeth are not overly sensitive but I do have a couple of sensitive teeth right at the back so I was intrigued to see how this would affect them.
**What the mouthwash promises**
*Kills up to 99.9% of germs
*Delivers noticeable fresh breath
*12 hour protection against bacteria and plaque
Before using the mouthwash I had a quick sniff to see what the difference was between this sensitive mouthwash and the regular stuff I usually use. I have to say that this smells completely different. It has more mild scent. It smells just like the cool trebor soft mints. The mintiness is still there but is much less in your face.
I followed the guide of how much mouthwash to use and began rinsing away. As I suspected from the scent this mouthwash is very gentle and is not at all hot in your mouth. I wasn't sure how well it would work as I am used to the mouthwashes that you can actually feel working.
After using the mouthwash my breath was fresh and my mouth felt clean. When I use stronger mouthwashes my mouth feels minty fresh for quite some time afterwards but I have to say I was quite disappointed with the minty after taste of this one. After an hour I cannot notice it at all.
However I have noticed an improvement on my sensitive teeth. Usually when I eat something cold or the wind touches my teeth in a strange way it does irritate my teeth. But since using this mouthwash I have to say this has decreased dramatically.
**Price and availability**
You can find this mouthwash in supermarkets and pharmaceutical stores. I found this on offer for £1 but it usual retail price is around £3.00- £3.50
I like this mouthwash and I think that it does a good job at cleaning and maintaining the health of my teeth and gums. I would purchase this again if it was on offer however if I had the choice between this and a stronger mouthwash I would go with the stronger one as it just makes my mouth feel fresher for longer.
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Colgate Plax Sensitive
I have always been a keen user of Colgate products. For some reason they never seem to disappoint me. Despite it not being the cheapest brand available, I am always willing to pay extra for the Colgate quality. I started buying this mouthwash a while ago when my teeth were going through a sensitive patch. The sensitivity in my teeth has since calmed down however I still buy this mouthwash as I think it definitely attributes to keeping it at bay.
This is an alcohol free mouthwash which is a lovely light pink colour. Its aim is to effectively kill germs whilst freshening breath and gently caring for sensitive teeth and gums. The mouthwash supposedly also offers 12 hour protection against bacteria and plaque.
I like the packaging of the mouthwash, it comes in a 500ml clear bottle. I like the fact that you can see the colour and consistency of the mouthwash through the bottle, there is nothing to hide, I can also see when I am running low.
You are meant to use the mouthwash twice a day, once at morning and once at night which is the typical mouthwash routine. A bottle usually lasts me a few weeks at least and I do use it twice a day.
I trust this mouthwash to do its job effectively and to be safe to my teeth. It is clinically tested by dentists and I have only ever had positive effects from Colgate products. The ingredients all look very chemical to me but as long as the amount instructed is used and none of it is swallowed I trust that it is only having a good effect on my mouth.
The mouthwash smells very strong of mint, but a good mint smell like spearmint, almost like a melted bottle of polo's. The consistency is thin like water and the taste is rather nice. It doesn't taste chemically, it just tastes of sweet mint and there is no rancid aftertaste either.
I use this mouthwash daily and the reason is because I have not found another which keeps my mouth feeling fresher for longer. I like how there is no alcohol in the mouthwash as it makes it taste a lot better and there is no aftertaste. I never need to use the full amount recommended for it to be effective either which is always a plus as that way the bottle lasts a little bit longer.
This mouthwash does not irritate my gums or leave a burning sensation in my mouth. When I use it I really do feel that it is protecting my teeth and gums and not doing them any harm. It is sensitive to my teeth and after use my mouth feels clean and refreshed.
As far as it lasting for 12 hours, it would be nice to find a mouthwash that does in fact do that but I think that it is a bit over ambitious. If I don't use the mouthwash at night then I can tell the difference though which shows me it definitely does something for the 12 hours.
Overall I really like this mouthwash and I wouldn't use another, for now. I definitely would recommend it to anyone who doesn't feel like they are getting the most out of their mouthwash as this one certainly ticks all the boxes for me.
Available in most supermarkets and pharmacies costing approximately £3 which I find to be great value for money.
Review also on Ciao under luceey.
I like using mouthwash for the extra freshness you get afterwards. I have tried several brands and keep going back to the same one which is Dentyl PH. Unless it's on offer it is rather expensive and I like to make savings wherever I can. I picked up a 500ml bottle of this last week in Morrisons for just £1! other Plax mouthwashes are also on the same offer too.
I picked this one mainly because it said 'sensitive' on the front and partially because it is pink (I love pink things)
The bottle is see through with a white screw top lid. The mouthwash is a lovely pink colour which you can see through the bottle. The bottle states that mouthwash is alcohol free and provides 12 hour protection against plaque and bacteria. On the back of the bottle you are advised that the mouthwash has been proven to fight plaque and bacteria for 12 hours, contains flouride to fight cavities and strengthen teeth,
strengthens gums and protects against gum problems, cleans even in the hard to reach places and has a refreshing taste which will help keep breath fresh for up to 12 hours.
To use the mouthwash you need to fill the cap to the line which is 20ml and rinse for 30 seconds before spitting out. You are advised not to swallow the mouthwash. I find that 20ml is far too much for me! I use half of that amount. The mouthwash has a lovely minty taste, but compared to other mouthwashes I have tried it is really mild and plesant. I normally find that certain mouthwashes particularly the ones with alcohol sting my gums and irritate them. This mouthwash however was really gentle and didn't sting.
After using this my mouth felt cleaner and my breath fresher. I am doubtful that the freshness would last 12 hours particularly if you eat strong foods. The bottle recommends that you use this morning and night for best results. I have been doing so for a week and my teeth feel cleaner and my mouth generally fresher. I would definately buy this one again as even checking the full price which is only £2.80 in Tesco it is still cheaper than other brands.
Having recently suffered from pain in the mouth area, specifically around my wisdom teeth, I decided I should make an attempt at caring for my mouth and teeth slightly better than I have up to now. A trip to Asda soon saw me with 2 bottles of mouthwash. At the time, Asda had a deal on the Colgate Plax mouthwashes, being 2 for £3. We purchased one bottle of the Sensitive variety and a second bottle of different flavour, which if is on here, I shall also review. The reason for buying 2 different flavours was in case we didn't like one, we would have a second to use instead. I don't know if the deal is still on, as I have no need to buy more mouthwash at the minute, but it is a good deal. The Sensitive variety alone costs £3.49!!!
Anywho, the mouthwash is a light pink colour in a clear bottle. I shall not describe the bottle or instructions as well, it's a bottle with liquid in it and if your reading this, I'm going to make the assumption you can read instructions on said bottle. It's mouthwash as well. I mean, how hard is it to put some in mouth, wash around, rinse out. If that is beyond your comprehension, this please do not buy any mouthwash.
So I take a swig of this mouthwash and the first thing I notice is the distintive flavour. Everytime I use it, all I can think of is cheap chewing gum you could buy back in the last century. It is not a pleasant taste and it does make me rinse it around rather quickly, getting into the nooks and crannies, in an attempt to get it out of my mouth quickly. So, quick rinse, gargle and out she goes. I find a quick rinse around with water after use gets rid of the aftertaste, which is as pleasant as the taste when it's in your mouth.
After use, my teeth feel nice and clean, smooth and my breath is good enough that the wife allows me to kiss her!! I find it does last a long time as well. When used at night, I wake up and my teeth still feel pretty clean and smooth. If used in the morning, I can eat some food and they still feel pretty good. Obviously, the more food you eat, the quicker the feeling goes.
I would recommend this brand of mouthwash, but not this flavour, even for sensitive teeth, try a different flavour and see how that goes first.
Having just looked at the other reviews and stated earlier I was going to review the different flavour I used, well I'm not. There is no point as it will be the same as this review, other than the taste was brilliant and much better than this one. So get the Colgate Plax classic version and your onto a winner.
I have run out of Listerine and noticed that Tescos currently have a Buy One Get One Free (BOGOF) offer on Colgate Plax which I have not tried for a while. One of the mouthwashes I purchased was Colgate Plax Sensitive Gentle Care.
Packaging and appearance: The mouthwash is contained within a 500ml transparent plastic bottle. The Colgate logo is fairly obvious, with the Plax letters in bold white font. Also apparent is a small clock which indicates that the product provides 12 hour protection against bacteria and plaque. The mouthwash is a fairly unnatural looking dark pink colour with some bubbles on the top liquid layer.
Smell: The mouthwash does not contain alcohol and is a "gentle fresh mint" flavour. This is a fairly accurate description of the smell, the lack of alcohol means the smell is fairly non descript, except for a subtle minty smell.
Taste: The minty taste is a lot stronger than the smell, but is quite palatable and you do not feel like spitting the mouthwash out straight away. The foam does however build up in the mouth. Also, the aftertaste is not the best, but my breath does feel a lot fresher.
The claims: According to the product, the formula has been developed for people with sensitive teeth and gums. The product further claims that it provides 12 hour protection against bacteria and plaque. Other claims include that the product contains fluoride (one of the ingredients in sodium fluoride), strengthens gums and protects against gum problems, cleans hard to reach places and gives a long lasting fresh breath. Most of these claims are not possible to verify, but I did feel that the product gave a fresh breath for a long period of time, especially after gargling.
Overall: Given that this product is on BOGOF, it is good value and does taste OK and provides a fresh breath. The main drawbacks are that I found that foam builds up in your mouth and that the aftertaste is not the best. I would consider buying this product again if it is on special offer but I prefer Listerine.
I am suffering from sensitive teeth and gums at the moment so I have been looking out for products which may help me deal with this whilst combating the problems that are causing it.
This bottle is a 500ml bottle of pink mouthwash which is provided in a clear bottle with a white screw top lid which doubles up as a measuring device for your mouthwash. Simply fill the cap to the line (20ml) and then rinse this around your mouth for about 25-30 seconds and then gargle and spit the mouthwash back out. It has quite a gentle mint flavouring and is nothing too overpowering. I do find with some mouthwashes that they make my eyes water and I feel the need to swallow so I never end up doing the full amount of time required for it to be most effective. I am not having this problem with this mouthwash and that's obviously quite pleasing for me as I automatically feel that I am doing more for my dental health already.
It does not contain alcohol (which may be a plus for some?) and it does make me feel like my mouth is healthier in general. It does not affect my sensitive teeth or gums at all and I have not experienced any bleeding when using this product. I can't really see much muck being removed from my mouth when I spit in to the sink (yuck!) but I can physically see my teeth are cleaner all around. It is a very refreshing mouthwash and I use it twice a day (morning & evening) and feel that my breath is much fresher because of this product.
The 500ml bottle that I have been reviewing (no, not the exact one!) is available for £3.65 from Tesco but this is probably available on special offer somewhere else and I would definitely recommend trying this is you suffer from sensitive teeth or gums. I am rating this mouthwash 4/5 and it has lost one star from me because the price is a little expensive.
What s it?
A dental mouthwash.
An alcohol-free dental mouthwash formulated especially for sensitive and gums, and provides up to 12 hours' protection against bacteria and plaque.
What so I think of it?
I think this mouthwash is fab. There weren't really many alcohol-free mouthwashes around and this is probably one of the more decent ones, plus it being produced by Colgate.
The mouthwash comes as a transparent pink liquid, and is doesn't sting like many mouthwashes do. It has a slightly sweet taste, almost mint-like, though it's not meant to have a minty taste and actually, it is pretty difficult to pin-point the actual flavour of it, but more importantly it isn't unpleasant, though my dad says he doesn't really like it as it tastes too sweet and syrupy to him.
After rinsing my mouth always feels fresh and clean, there is no strong taste or residue left in the mouth, and generally, it does feel very similar to water and doesn't appear to stain the teeth.
The mouthwash is also a very good one to use overnight as it protects up to 12 hours. I know it is working as I generally don't get any problems in the mornings, unlike another I had used previously, and I could really feel the difference in my mouth in the mornings.
The price of this mouthwash varies dramatically from time to time. But generally, it costs around £3.50 for a 500ml bottle. There are special promotions on this, like BOGOF offers, but lately, I have found this to be very occasional. Obviously, I'm not the only one who thinks it's good. It is a little on the dearer side compared to many other mouthwashes, but this is a good decent alcohol-free mouthwash that works and if very effective.
Thanks for reading. xx
I've just started using mouthwash.
The first bottle I bought was Dentyl pH Mouthwash. It tasted lovely and worked really well. However, I was a bit dubious about it because of the colours and the sparkly bits and what have you.
The second was Listerine. It burned!! I found out that it was the alcohol, and (not liking it at all) I put it up on the shelf out of the way. However, one morning I decided to try it again, and after a while I got used to the burning and it wasn't so bad. I liked it, it tasted good, it was a trusted well-used brand, it worked well and it's my favourite so far.
When that ran out, I decided to try Colgate Plax because of a review I found on here. I bought it...and I HATE it!
It told me to fill the cap to the line...huh? The cap was huge, and the line was way up. I filled it to about half the line, and that filled my whole mouth. Am I getting the lines wrong, or is the dosage just ridiculous?? I used the soft mint flavour, and it's disgusting. Really weak and horrible. I spat it out and I rinsed my mouth. About 5 mins later, I started feeling sick in my stomach. I still feel it now, and I have a disgusting taste in my mouth.
Next time, I'm buying Listerine again unless I see something else worth trying.
But is it me, or Plax? Do I just have to get used to it, or it is really that bad?
Do you know the feeling when you run your tongue along the inside of your teeth and feel a layer of fur has grown on them? Do you know what it is like when brushing your teeth just does not do enough to remove this fur? Are you self-conscious about what odour meets the person standing opposite you when you open your mouth to speak?
I do not know about you, but my cleaning my teeth is probably the most important part of my daily hygiene routine. I brush at least two times a day, if not three. I also floss regularly. And, as if my dentist could not be proud enough already of my good habits, I also use mouthwash.
There are loads of different mouthwash manufacturers out there, but today I want to introduce to you the one oral hygiene product that I would not want to live without.
Plax is manufactured by Colgate (now also known as Colgate-Palmolive). It comes in a tall see-through plastic bottle with an oval base and contains 500ml of product. I have also seen smaller versions of the product, though they are less frequently sold.
Plax is available in three flavours, each represented by its own distinct colour: The red liquid is called 'original'. The blue liquid is called 'cool mint' and the green liquid is called 'soft mint'.I have tried all three available ranges.
The green soft mint flavour is my favorite. I usually do not purchase the other ones in this range, unless they are currently sold out. The name is very appropriate for its flavour: a subtle mint flavour. It is not strong and overpowering, just pleasant and sweet. It does not irritate your throat or mouth.
The blue cool mint flavour is my second favorite. Like the name says, it does have a cool and tingly feeling when you put it in your mouth. Unlike the soft mint version, however, it is quite strong and may be overpowering (and perhaps even irritating) for those who are sensitive.
The red original flavour is my least favorite. Although it also has a gentle mint flavour, there is a distinctive clinical taste to it. It tastes like something you might have got at the dentist office. Try to avoid this one if you can.
The mouthwash can either be used before brushing or after brushing. The theory behind the pre-brushing rinse is simple: It is supposed to loosen some of the plaque on your teeth and thus aid the toothbrush in its removal. The post-brushing use is more for those concerned about the freshness of their breath.
I tend to use a cap full of product before I brush my teeth. I rigourously rinse my mouth, moving the liquid from my left to my right cheek and through the spaces of my teeth. After 30 to 60 seconds, I spit the product into the sink.
I then tend to proceed with my brushing, which lasts between 2 and 3 minutes. Following this, I can feel a noticeable difference from before. The "fur coat" that I referred to above is noticeable reduced.
My boyfriend tends to use the product after brushing, as a mouthwash. Living in close proximity to him on a daily basis, I can only vouch for the product's effect. He has never had bad breath in the last 18 months.
Plax claims to last up to 12 hours. While this may be true of the 'fresh breath' effect, it is not so much true of the 'cleaner teeth' feeling. A few hours after using the product and after having drunk tea or coffee and eaten a meal, the fur coat does tend to re-appear.
The effect of Plax will largely depend on when you last visited your dentist. I find that if I just had my teeth cleaned by the dentist or a hygienist and use Plax, the fur coat tends to take a lot longer to re-appear. I also find that Plax prolongs the time period that passes until I feel like I need another proper dental cleaning.
A 500ml bottle of Plax shared between two people tends to last about 10 to 14 days, if used once or twice daily.
***Price and availability***
Plax is relatively expensive. It is usually priced between £2.79 and £2.99, depending on where you buy it. It is available at all major supermarkets and drugstores/ pharmacies.
Some retailers do special deals. Every few weeks Sainsbury's tends to run a 2 for 1 deal on this product. Boots often makes a "2 for £4" offer on this item. So it is highly recommended to stock up at this time.
I would definitely recommend using this product to anyone who cares a lot about oral hygiene. It really does help keep your mouth feeling healthier. Always remember that it works better if you get your teeth cleaned on a regular basis. I would also highly recommend waiting for the special offers to come around. £3 for one bottle might sound pricey, but if you manage to reduce the price to £2 or £1.50, it is a real bargain!
***Further product info***
A few weeks ago, when my partner and I were messing about and pretending to insult each other, he mentioned I had ‘morning breath’ sometimes. Now, I know the comment was made in fun, but there is that saying ‘Never a truer word than spoken in jest’ so I was still a bit worried. After all, no-one wants to be smelly! I went through a little checklist - I don’t smoke, I rarely drink coffee, I clean my teeth every day and regularly go to the Dentist. I couldn’t see any problems there. So I kept asking him (you know how persistent women can be!) and he finally admitted that I sometimes had that yucky breath first thing in the morning, before my restorative cure-all cup of tea. So this upset me a bit – I mean, I want to be kissable, right?! I went for a browse round my local chemists and came out with some dental floss and mouthwash. I haven't used mouthwash before, because it seemed an expensive luxury to me and I was always worried my children would swallow it my mistake. However, my youngest is now almost six, so I thought it would be okay -and so far she’s been very good and not touched it. There were about four different brands of mouthwash in the shop - some were around £4 and I really couldn’t afford that on a regular basis! I opted for one that was a good make, but only £2.17 for a 250ml bottle – Colgate Total Plax Fresh mouthwash. It has the familiar Colgate logo on and comes in a see-through plastic bottle. It is described as an ‘anti-plaque mouthrinse’ and offers 12-hour protection, long lasting fresh breath and also says it fights gum problems and cavities. So, it sounds pretty impressive. It is not recommended for children younger than six years old. My older kids (11, almost 10 and 8 years old) have used it occasionally and seemed to like it and haven't had any problems with it. You can use it before or a
fter brushing your teeth. You pour a cap-full out, rinse it round your mouth then spit it out. Do not swallow! (Being a woman, I never do!!!) The one I bought is bright green and called soft mint. It smells and tastes nice – it is minty, but not really spearmint or peppermint, more like the sort of taste you get from Dentyne chewing gum. I am very impressed with it. I feel my breath is fresher and this gives me more confidence. If I am going out in a hurry and don’t have chance to brush my teeth for a second time, I rinse with the mouthwash and feel that will still do the trick. The only disadvantage to it is the price. The bottle is about half-full now and I bought it less than a week ago, so this could work out about £4 a month. I do think it’s worth it though and feel it will become a permanent addition to our shopping list. Here comes the boring bit … It contains that old favourite Aqua, plus sorbitol, alcohol, glycerin, aroma, menthol, disodium phosphate, PVM/MA copolymer, sodium fluoride, sodium hydroxide, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, sodium saccharin, triclosan, CI 42090 and CI 47005. Most of those, I have no clue what they are, of course. The mouthwash is made by Colgate-Palmolive, based in Guildford and can be contacted by phoning 00-800-321-321-32.
You know the scenario, you are out on the town, you are the life and soul of the party and whatever you say results in reams of laughter, and then you catch the whiff of bad breath. Cigarettes, alcohol all at least ten days old and it suddenly dawns on you. God was it my jokes or my personal hygiene they were all laughing at? You will never know, you go all quiet and it is as if you have a split personality, the others think that you have come over all-unnecessary and leave you alone. Great what was so promising turns out to be a disaster. You could never be sure that it was not your breath you caught a whiff of. Well insurance is always wise and in the meat market this is never truer. I would like to introduce you to the insurance that you may need ~ Colgate total Plax mouthwash. This little beauty is easy to use, simply rinse and gargle for 1 minute after flossing and before brushing your teeth. Twice a day is best but once will do. It fights plaque for 12 hours and plaque is what traps those nasty niffs in your mouth all around your teeth. This will result in long-lasting fresh breath and fight gum disease and cavities. Colgate claim that they have the results of unequivocal clinical tests that prove their claims. I cannot vouch for their tests I can, however, recommend Plax on the basis of ten years experience on myself. I have religiously used this product and have never had a problem since. I have not had a filling in the last ten years and my dentist says that he is impressed. He also says that since the onset of Plax the number of cavities in the teeth of adults has dropped dramatically. How does Plax work? It contains co polymers, which are gentle round abrasives, and triclosan which is an antiseptic, designed to dislodge plaque and kill anaerobic bacteria that live between your teeth and turn sugars into foul smelling waste products. It also contains glycerine and menthol to give it that medicine taste and feel but add n
othing to its efficacy. It also contains alcohol so it is not recommended for children. This is wise as the abrasives could result in immature tooth enamel being thinned. Healthy teeth and gums is the result. Is a minute a day worth it? Well yes it is the cheapest insurance policy in terms of time and money that I have and it is worth it. Plax costs around two pounds a bottle and this 500 ml bottle lasts my wife and I about two months. Not bad for bathroom products generally and it is more effective than mouth sprays and the like. Socialise with confidence, take out the Plax insurance policy, then you may discover that it was indeed not your breath that drove your friends away, they just got bored LOL.
Aims to attack the bacteria which cause plaque and bad breath for up to 12 hours