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I love Listerine mouthwash. I used to buy it all the time, but then circumstances changed and we had to switch to something cheaper. However, we have been using this Listerine Stay White mouthwash for a while now as we got four 250ml bottles for £1 each. I'm unsure how good that was in comparison to the price for the bigger bottles, as my other half bought them (he's good, but not as good as me at working out value!)
So it comes in a transparent plastic bottle, and the mouthwash itself is very pale blue. The labels on the front are silvery-grey with blue and white and I think the overall idea is to look 'icy'. This ties in with the 'stay white' and freshness that Listerine delivers, and I think this works along with the pale colour of the mouthwash - even the flavour is named Arctic Mint. We are told that this mouthwash "keeps teeth whiter", is antibacterial and helps stop staining by reducing tartar. The cap is black plastic and child proof; to open you have to squeeze and twist. I bet children are smarter than we give them credit for but sometimes it takes me a few goes to get it open! It is not suitable for use by children 12 years and under.
It is recommended to use it twice daily, morning and night and the stated dose is 20ml (4 teaspoons) each time. As with all mouthwash, it tells you not to swig from the bottle but I must admit we always do this! I can't be bothered measuring it into a glass, all that does is leave me with a teaspoon and glass to wash. It smells very strong, as only Listerine does. It smells very similar to the mouthwash they give you in the dentist chair (minty yes but more antiseptic-y and medicinal), and even though I have a long standing deep seated serious dental phobia, I love it! It really gives me confidence that this is a mouthwash designed to do good work, and if they can make it smell or taste half decent then that's simply a bonus.
As with any Listerine, I was expecting 'explosion in my mouth' freshness when I used this one. And I wasn't disappointed! It leaves your mouth feeling so clean, almost stripped. Now, a lot of people probably won't like this as it'll be too harsh. But I really do. It's a challenge to keep it in my mouth for a serious swill without missing any areas, as it makes your tongue tingle like nothing else and it's just great. A few minutes after using it calms down, but for those few minutes your mouth waters a lot. It is very strong tasting, again you taste the mint but because it's so strongly antiseptic it does taste quite harsh, though I'm not sure 'harsh' is the right word!
An important thing to note, is that you really must not store this anywhere too warm - I took a small bottle on holiday with me once (Malta in August), and by the next morning when I went to use it I couldn't. It was stinging my mouth really badly (and not in the usual good way) and I literally couldn't keep it in my mouth at all. I had to dilute it and keep it in the fridge to allow me to use it, although diluting is NOT recommended on the bottle (I'm a bit daft I know it). So if you take it on holiday try and get it in the fridge as soon as you get there; if you don't have these facilities maybe best not to bother taking it!
Since using this, I have actually noticed my teeth looking really clean. I smoke and drink a lot of coffee, so my teeth care routine is quite strict as despite my choice in bad habits I have really nice straight teeth and I don't want them stained. I use an electric toothbrush, tongue scraper and floss as well as mouthwash, so my mouth does generally stay in pretty good shape. But Listerine really is the icing on the cake. It leaves my entire mouth feeling clean - my tongue, gums and of course teeth. After I first started using Listerine, I actually flossed after using it to see how much it did get in between your teeth to remove gunk and I was pleasantly surprised. My teeth are all close together with very little gaps but I didn't pull much out with the floss at all, only some debris from my back teeth where it always gathers more for me. It leaves your breath super fresh for a long time too (unless you come downstairs for coffee and a cigarette after of course...)
So overall I would definitely recommend this if you think you can deal with the mouth stripping sensation! Listerine is, I think, the Marmite of mouthwash. You either love it or hate it. The £1 we paid for these bottles was a good deal for Listerine as it is a more expensive mouthwash, but in my opinion it is worth every penny. Whenever I have mouthwash on my shopping list the first thing I check is if there are any deals on Listerine. If not I usually have to revert to a cheaper one unfortunately, but when times get better I will religiously buy Listerine again. It lasts pretty well as even though I don't measure it out and possibly use a little more each time, you don't need a lot for it to be effective and leave your mouth feeling squeaky clean; if you take too much you will suffer more and possibly not be able to keep it in your mouth long enough! It pays to stick to (roughly!) what the label states.
What is it?
A dental mouthwash
What does it do?
It claims to help prevent and reduce plaque and tartar build up, helps to kill bacteria between the teeth, freshen breath and also keep teeth naturally white. This also claims to reduce plaque by up to 56% more than brushing alone.
How does it work?
Listerine recommends using the mouthwash at least twice a day - particularly effective after brushing and flossing. Pour about 20ml (2 tablespoonfuls) into a glass tumbler, rinse around the teeth and gums for around 30 seconds, gargle and then spit out.
Though it would be much more convenient, I don't think the cap is really intended for measuring out the mouthwash anyway as there are no measuring markers on it - this is in comparison with some of the other mouthwashes that have had them with their caps. The cap edge has two wide prongs sticking out, so that can put people off using the cap to sip from it. The cap is also one of those child secure lock caps as it contains alcohol. Personally, I still use it anyway - generally, I find half a capful roughly equates to the recommended amount to use.
Does it work?
I have yet to see my teeth becoming whiter though this does leave my mouth feeling very fresh and clean after using it. This particular one - 'advanced control tartar formula' is one part of the new range that Listerine have been promoting recently. I think after all these years they have decided to have a revamp or something but this mouthwash not only is much improved but it feels very different too. A few years ago, I had tried using one their original mouthwashes and they were very difficult to use. The mouthwash itself had a very strong stinging sensation - it literally felt as if I was rinsing with strong stripping acid. So I was pretty reluctant to use this at first - however, it was either to use this borrowed from my sister or go without as I had run out of my own during a holiday.
I was very surprised. The stinging sensation is still there, however, it is much milder now - I don't really feel it while rinsing and gargling but just as it leaves my mouth - my tongue really feels as if it's being stripped by the acid and also leaves it quite white and furry - though this disappears after breakfast generally. It doesn't really affect my taste as I have found with a few other mouthwashes, and this is quite important.
Although it states 'Arctic Mint' on the bottle - and I was pretty worried about how strong it could be - it's actually surprisingly quite a mild minty flavour, if it's not this I don't know what it is that's making my tongue sting...
How much does it cost?
The new range mouthwashes are a little more expensive than usual, £3.69 for a 500ml bottle.
This new improved version is so much better than the original ones - it's nice to know that it does a little more than just reducing plaque - i.e. tartar control, keeping teeth white, fresh breath and kill bacteria...
In particular, is its improved 'invigorating' taste. I am a little more inclined to use it again knowing that it's milder - though I'm still a little comfortable with the significant stinging on my tongue. This mouthwash does contain a fair amount of alcohol - it is the second item listed after water, so I guess it's more of the alcohol that I'm sensitive to. I usually use the alcohol free mouthwashes anyway, so I'm hoping that they do an alcohol free version.
Thanks for reading. xx
I have a stringent brushing, flossing and mouth washing routine because I simply hate the thought of having things stuck to my teeth or talking to someone and they can't face you because your breath is that bad so when I saw the ad`s and read all the good things being said about Listerine advanced tartar control I had to give it a try.
It comes in the same shaped bottle as all the other Listerine's and is available in two sizes, the one I bought being the 250ml bottle at a cost of £1 from my local poundland. My first try of this stuff came a few days after purchasing it because I had a little drop of my Colgate mouthwash still left, when the morning to open this came and I took my first gargle with it, swirled it around my mouth then spat it out quicker than I normally would, They should call this stuff Blisterine!!
In my opinion this stuff is far too strong and actually feels like it is burning your throat, mouth and tongue (not a good feeling). I am sure it probably does what it claims to do but I doubt many people will use it often enough to find out, I used it a grand total of twice before reverting back to my old favourite Colgate.
The minty taste is not too bad but it is accompanied by a burning sensation and it is not like a strong mint burn it feels like a completely separate burning to the actual taste. I think if you were to gargle battery acid whilst sucking on an extra strong mint you could re-create the sensation!
I understand that Listerine and other likeminded companies are trying to find new and better ways of helping us look after our teeth and gums but come on guys remember we have to put this chemical crammed, skin blistering liquid in our mouths.
I would suggest if you have a mouthwash you are happy with then you stick to it, other Listerine's in their range are actually ok but this one is awful!
Thanks for reading!
Advanced Tartar Control Listerine is definitely the strongest-tasting Listerine I've ever used, and probably the strongest kind of mouthwash full stop. I can imagine some people preferring a milder wash, as the experience of gargling this can border on the painful!
However, the flavour is pleasant and it certainly leaves your mouth feeling refreshed and clean, and the stingyness makes it an excellent wake-me-up in the morning. Being quite lazy I sometimes forget to use the mouthwash, but have noticed that when I bother to use it regularly my teeth are noticeably whiter, my breath is fresher, and my mouth feels cleaner and smoother - moreso than when I've used the other, cheaper versions of Listerine and supermarket own brands.
As a qualified and registered dental nurse i am very regimental about my oral health routine, i brush in the morning for the reccommended 2 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste, floss my teeth, and then rinse with my old faithful Listerine tartar control.
Listerine comes in different flavours and each one is designed to prevent different dental ailments.
Listerine tartar control is designed to reduce the build up of plaque on the teeth and prevent the build up of Tartar (hence the name), plaque is caused by food debris in the mouth mixing quite happily with salvia, this will cause the sticky build up of plaque on the teeth and if its not removed it will become Tartar or to call it by its correct name, Calculus.
You can purchase listerine in different sized bottles, i opt for the 250ml, it has a black lid, and the seal is clear with listerine written in yellow letters, just below the lid it has a red sticker with white writing, this white writing will tell you what your particular listerine product is designed to do.
Further below is a silver sticker, with a smaller red sticker/white writing telling you again what the product does, underneath this in big black writing it says tartar control LISTERINE ANTISEPTIC MOUTHWASH, kills the germs that cause dental plaque and bad breath, and the flavour is Cleanmint.
Listerine is accredited by the BDA (british dental assocation)
and is produced by Pifzer consumer healthcare walton on the hill surrey.
It is reccommended for daily use, twice a day and it is clinically proven to reduce the prevent and reduce plaque, which is a major of cause of gum disease, it will prevent and fight tartar and kills the bacteria from in between the teeth
(the interproximal spaces) and yes it really does freshen the breath!
The ingredients are Aqua, Alcohol(which gives it that burning sort of taste most people dislike so much) Sorbitol Aroma,Poloxamer 407,Sodium Saccharin,Benzoic acid,Eucalyptol, Zinc Chloride,Methyl Salicylate,Thymol,Sodium Benzonate and Menthol (which gives it the fresh minty taste)
It is simple to use, simply put 20ml/4x5 teaspoon fulls into a glass, NEVER swill straight from the bottle, rinse around the mouth and spit after 30 seconds, do not be tempted to rinse mouth with water after, and bingo your mouth is now being protected from the nasty germs that like to live in there.
I use this every day, and i also check its working by using Disclosing Tablets, these are little pink/blue/purple tablets which you can buy from most supermarkets or from your dentist, you brush your teeth and then chew on of these little beauties, let the tablet do its stuff before spitting out and it will stain the areas of your mouth where the plaque likes to live.
I would reccomend listerine to everybody as part of their oral health routine, and if the taste it a bit strong for some people you can get listerine alcohol free which works just as well.
So what you waiting for? my advice? BUY BUY BUY.
Thanks for reading!
A fairly newly introduced product in the UK market is Listerine Tartar Control antiseptic mouthwash. A bit of a mouthful, but one that serves the health of your mouth and teeth right. I started using and still am Listerine some years ago, and have been kept satisfied with it. Sincerely, I wouldn't say or I wouldn't know if it actually has any differences when compared with other mouthwashes found in the market. What I can easily say is that after some years of use and in conjunction with daily brushing, I have not yet experienced much of toothaches so far. It does give you a fresh breath also, which can go a long way especially in the mornings. Of course it is not a miracle potion! It won't make much of a difference in your teeth hygiene unless combined with a daily teeth-cleaning routine that should last at least 4-7 minutes. On top of the above, I find it be reasonably priced at £2.66 for the bottle of 500ml.
To help prevent and reduce plaque build-up and gingivitis, prevent tartar buildup, and fight bad breath /