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The ranges and availability of oral hygiene products have vastly increased over the last 30 plus years.
I grew up in Australia at a time where there were just a few oral care brand names, with “Listerine” being synonymous with “mouth wash”.
As a child I was expected to brush my teeth. My parents’ regime was to brush and to floss – apparently I was too young to do this, in their view.
I was 12 or 13 years old when my orthodontic treatment started: silver, train-track style braces.
My orthodontist regularly reiterated the importance of good oral hygiene and that I really must include an oral wash in my regime.
Listerine washes are the ones that I have used most frequently over the years, although I do also regularly use a tooth whitening wash from a different brand.
Marketed as a favourite flavoured germ killer that reduces plaque and freshens breath for up to 24 hours, this blue-coloured liquid comes in a clear one litre bottle for a little over £5.
Using this antibacterial wash as directed – a twice daily swoosh/swirl around my mouth for approximately 30 seconds – does seem to keep my gum disease under control. Occasionally I use the liquid as a gargle, although I have less need to do this now that I no longer have tonsiliths which was the root cause of my bad breath a number of years ago.
The flavour of the wash is supposed to be mint; I describe it as a chemical cousin to mint that is neither pleasant nor unpleasant.
I am happy enough with this product. After use my breath does seem fresh – at least to me – and my teeth feel clean. I would not leave it 24 hours between use, however.
Listerine is one of the biggest brands for mouth wash. I am not normally a mouth wash person but saw that Tesco had a sale on mouth wash products. I picked up this Listerine Cool Mint 500ml for £2.
In the past I have used Dentyl, and the reason for that is that I could see the contents of my mouth when spitting out. I guess I saw the bits and thought it was working.
It comes in a clear plastic bottle with a black cap. The cap is used to measure the amount of liquid and also stops little kiddies getting hold of it. Just squeeze both sides of the cap to then unscrew the cap.
It states on the front "Reduces Plaque and Removes upto 97% of Germs Left Behind After Brushing".
On the back it states that you should use the product twice a day. Pour 20ml (fill the cap) with the product and rinse it around your mouth for 30 seconds before spitting out.
Aqua, Alcohol, Sorbitol, Poloxamer 407, Benzoic Acid, Sodium Saccharin, Eucalyptol, Aroma, Methyl Salicylate, Thymol, Menthol, Sodium Benzoate, CI 42053.
(Your guess is as good as mine to what most/if not all those are!)
What is the best way to describe this mouth wash then? Well for smell, take obas oil (that stuff that you rub on your chest when you have a cold). That is exactly what it smells like.
Brush your teeth has per normal. Then take a cap full, well don't. I do not think you need a cap full of this stuff. If you can swirl this around your mouth well, you only need half a cap. It also saves on money aswell.
Due to the alcohol content, the mouth starts to burn before you get close to 30seconds. I normally survive about 20seconds of swirling before the burning starts to becoming annoying. There is also a funny sensation in the mouth like you feel its drying out. Weird sensation when you have the liquid in your mouth.
When you spit out the liquid, it will not show any remains (like Dentyl). What is also noticeable is that your breath is not overpowering with mint as I would have expected.
It freshens my breath so that is a positive, I would guess that it kills germs, but have no way of proving it. Its not the most delightful product to have in your mouth, but its worth the slight discomfort.
Normal price is £3.30 for 500ml.
I used to use this product all the time before I got really bad sensitive teeth. The product tells you to take a full cap worth of the mouthwash twice daily, but I only take quarter twice daily. I think this much of the product is efficient for doing its job. The product itself is very strong and has a high strength of alcohol. I find my mouth burning before the 30 second rinse has finished, so I spit early. The product comes in a transparent bottle with a black lid which is locked for safety purposes. You simply squeeze either side and turn to unlock. When new the product also has a wrapper on its lid, which in my opinion, sometimes is hard to get off. I find myself hacking away with a small pair of scissors to try and open it. The back of the bottle has a guide and ingredients, so be sure to check this out before buying the product in store. The front of the product usually differs. The design has changed over the years. For example, my one right now has a tooth on the front with the Listerine branding logo above it. The mouthwash itself is a pale baby blue colour, this helps to reinforce the fact that this product is of a Cool Mint flavour.
I find the product very satisfying. Though it burns the taste of it is very subtle and leaves your mouth minty fresh but not in an overpowering way like the original. I think the guidelines are a little extensive though. I could not fit a whole cap worth of this product in my mouth. Well I could but then my mouth would be the size of a balloon and I wouldn't be able to swirl it around. The bottle size on a whole is brilliant for the large bottle. If you use a whole mouthful twice a day you'd probably buy this every week and it would be costly. However, as I only use a little of this product twice a day it lasts me around 3 weeks. I find that after using this product after brushing my teeth, that my teeth are literally squeaky clean and bacteria free.
The bottle comes in three sizes. A holiday size, a small bottle (250ml) and large (500ml). I buy the large and this is costly at £3.50, but now that I use the sensitive one I find that I only buy this one when it is on offer in Superdrug for £1.50 - £2.00. If you want to buy this product at Superdrug your asking for a price around £3.50. This is different depending on which store though. I find that Wilkinson can sell this mouthwash cheaper than them.
I would highly recommend this product to any consumer of mouthwash. I understand that not everyone uses mouthwash, but for me it is a must. If you want a subtle mouthwash that isn't as harsh as some others this Cool Mint Listerine mouthwash is definitely for you. However, I would recommend that you shop around for this product to get it at a cheaper price. I have tried many mouthwash brands but I always go back to Listerine.
I have always had concerns that my teeth are not as white and clean as they should be, despite my dentist assuring me that there is not a problem. I have tried a number of different brands of mouthwash and while none of them have a taste I like I have found Listerine Coolmint to be the least offensive.
The bottle is clear so you can see the colour of the liquid you will be swooshing and in this case it is somewhere between very pale blue and very pale green- leaning to pale blue. The way I normally use it is to brush my teeth and then use a small amount of the mouthwash to swill away anything that is left. I have recently been told that this is not the right way to do it and that the mouthwash should be used first.
Whichever way you do it, it should be sloshed around in your mouth for about 30 seconds but I can never leave it that long. It tingles too much and I have to get rid of it before then. Not quite sure why it gets the name Cool mint - I have not found it to be cooling at all. Maybe I am identifying a strong product with a good product.
I worried when it said that it is not to be used if you are younger than 12 but it seems that is just because there is alcohol in it.
The last bottle I bought was last week and it cost £2.35 in a branch of Rowland's Chemists and I don't think was too bad for a 250ml bottle. As I don't use a lot this is likely to last me for 2 months but I don't use a great deal at a time it may be best to look at this being 4 or 5 weeks' worth.
The claims are that this can deal with most cases of bad breath and get rid of germs leaving a fresh taste for 24 hours but as previously mentioned I don't get much of a good taste at all. There is also advice to use the product before you go to bed as the manufacturers claim that this is when germs breed. At least this explains the 24 hours protection - you use it more often.
In summery I will use this until I manage to find a better tasting one as it does give me a bit more confidence that my teeth are free of germs and breath is OK. It loses a star for the taste.
This is my favourite of the Listerine range of mouthwash.
The product comes in a nice big bottle with a cap with a lock mechanism, and it hasn't leaked on me even though I've bought it on numerous travels. It would probably last you about a month or so if you use it once a day, and you most probably can buy it on offer on a supermarket.
I really really like the Cool Mint flavour of the mouthwash. It is a nice, sweet, pleasant taste that stays in your mouth for a sufficiently long period. Unlike the Original Listerine, because of the flavour I actually feel like my teeth are cleaner and I feel more confident throughout the day. It is simple and pleasant to use - just guggle it in your mouth for about 30 seconds and spit it out, just like any other mouthwash.
I would consider this product to be effective, because without using a mouthwash I feel that my teeth is not as clean, my breath is not as fresh, etc. etc. etc. I would definitely highly recommend this product.
I like to take very good care of my dental health and hygiene, as we all do in our house. As well as using a good quality toothpaste and dental floss, I like to use a decent mouthwash. I have used a few different kinds over the years and some of them have been really terrible, but one of the better ones I have found is Listerine. I particularly like the Coolmint Antibacterial Mouthwash which I get from our Pound shop and it comes in a large 250ml plastic bottle with a black twist off top. The top is childproof - which is always a good thing in our house!
I really personally like this mouthwash as it not only leaves my mouth and breath feeling very fresh but it also reduces the formation of plaque on my teeth. I have found as I have reached my 40th year that my plaque deposits have gradually increased. The dentist reckons I', not producing enough saliva (apparently) though I don't know how I can rectify this. I tend to chew gum in the hope that it may help. However, I have found that since using Listerine Coolmint Mouthwash, my plaque problem has subsided somewhat (though it still remains, it is not as bad as it used to be).
It is easy and simple to use. Personally, I just pour the mouthwash into the top of the bottle, pouring right to the top, and then I swish this around inside my mouth for a good thirty seconds or so, and let it do its work. After thirty seconds, I spit it out down the sink and make sure I have not swallowed any of it in the process.
The best bits for me is when I spit it out into the sink and I can see small bits of food debris. This assures me that although I think I have been cleaning my teeth thoroughly with my toothbrush, that there is always room for improvement as far as oral hygiene is concerned, and the mouthwash appears to extract the small food bits that otherwise would have remained in my mouth all day and possibly caused me bad breath.
I personally love the way this mouthwash makes my mouth feel minty clean and fresh after I have used it and also, this feeling lasts for some considerable time into the late morning I find.
Overall, I am very pleased with this mouthwash and I will continue to use it as I feel it is one of the best on the market at the current time.
If the sign of an effective mouthwash is that it blows you away when you use it, then Listerine Cool Mint is one effective mouthwash.
The thing is because Listerine Cool Mint is so tingly and strong in flavour is does give the impression it works better than other mouthwashes.
Mouthwash is now an essential step in my dental regime. I brush my teeth, floss and gargle with mouthwash. If I miss out any of the steps my mouth doesn't appear as clean. There are a whole host of mouthwashes available from all the major toothbrush and paste manufacturers and Listerine is one of the most expensive on the market at around £3.99 a bottle.
It does last a good month even when used twice a day but then most mouthwashes come in large enough bottles to do this.
The liquid is blue to suggest the cool mint flavour and also a freshness and cleanness. The mouthwash promises to reduce plaque twice as effectively as brushing alone.
The mouthwash does contain a tiny percentage of alcohol so it is not suitable for use by all the family. From its taste I would say it has a much higher alcohol content than any other mouthwash. When you take a small amount, by pouring it into the lid of the bottle and from there into your mouth, your mouth is set on fire. It is similar to taking a shot of pure alcohol. Your tongue and cheeks tingle with it. There is a hint of mint taste there but it does little to ease the fire of the mixture.
It becomes a challenge to hold the mouthwash in your mouth for any significant amount of time and even when you have spat it out the tingling remains for about a minute afterwards. But as I have said earlier this all makes you feel you are using something heavy duty and effective that is going to strip any plaque and other nasties from your mouth. My teeth certainly feel squeaky clean after use, my mouth refreshed if slightly burnt, and my breath fresh.
Listerine has come up with Listerine Zero which comes without the alcohol but because it is milder it does not appear to be as effective and is even more expensive despite being alcohol free.
Given the choice I would choose Listerine mouthwash over the others as it is strangely reassuring to have your socks blown off by your mouthwash as it can't help but make you think it is doing a good job.
I have probably tried and tested every brand of mouthwash in a bid to find one that offers a strong and minty taste, which unfortunately, toothpastes alone are unable to deliver. I have to admit that I go through far too much of the stuff and that's not because I'm a smoker or have bad breath, but simply due to the fact that I love a clean and fresh taste in my mouth.
Over the years I have found myself liking a few brands and repeatedly purchased one belonging to Tesco due to the reasonable price. However, I am increasingly becoming frustrated with Tesco as for the last few months their shelves for certain products have remained empty and as a consequence, I have not been able to repurchase their mouthwash. Consequently, I have once again been trying other brands with this review discussing Listerine Coolmint, which belongs to Johnson and Johnson Ltd and is marketed as an antibacterial mouthwash.
My purchase was of a 250ml bottle as it was on special offer and at the back of my mind I could recall having purchased this brand many years ago, but had stopped buying for a reason that I could not remember. I favoured the fact that the lid was securely protected with a transparent seal so I had the assurance that nobody had tampered with the product. Despite the directions advising to squeeze the lid whilst turning I initially struggled to remove it, which subsequently, hurt my poor fingers.
The vivid blue coloured mouthwash emits an extremely strong smell of minty alcohol, which I found considerably breathtaking. I'm normally a fan of extra strength mouthwashes and toothpastes, but the powerful aroma caused my nose to burn and my eyes to water and I must admit that I was a little surprised, particularly as this product is described as "coolmint". Whilst some brands of mouthwash provide markings on the inside of the lid to enable the liquid to be measured Listermint have failed to include this. Consequently, the suggestion is to use 4 x 5ml teaspoons to dispense the recommended 20ml of liquid into a glass. I tried this once or twice, but unfortunately, have limited time in the mornings, so the remainder of the bottle was used through guesswork.
The moment I poured the liquid into my mouth I felt as if I had set fire to my tongue and gums and the vivid memories of using the product in the past came flooding back. This is hot, hot, hot and initially made me squirm, but I persevered in swishing the minty liquid around my mouth for the recommended thirty seconds and was so thankful when it was time to spit it out! I normally rinse my mouth with cold water after using mouthwashes and as this intensifies the taste I decided against it on the occasions that I used Listerine.
I am so glad that I opted to purchase a 250ml bottle as opposed to one of the larger sizes and as I cannot abide waste I continued to use the product, but it was necessary to dilute the liquid as I simply couldn't cope with the burning sensation. On a positive note, the mouthwash definitely left my mouth feeling clean and fresh for a good few hours after using, but it contains too much alcohol for my liking. Obviously, it is impossible for me to evidence the claim that the product reduces plaque by up to 56%. The mouthwash should be used within 12 months of opening and the bottle can be recycled once empty. It should not be used by children under the age of 12 years although I feel the bottle should carry an over 18's warning!
I am surprised that I couldn't tolerate this mouthwash, particularly as I normally favour a burning sensation, but it was simply too much for me and I'm not sure how Listermint can name this flavour as "cool". This is definitely an effective mouthwash, but for the reasons discussed above, it receives only 3 stars from me and it's not something I will repurchase.
I have checked the Tesco website and would advise that until 12 March you can purchase the 250 ml bottle for £1.10 after which it will return to its normal price of £2.20. The 500 ml bottle is listed at £3.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
@ About @
Listerine coolmint comes in a large 1 litre bottle which will last you for about a month. I use 2 cups a day and fill it to the small plastic line inside the screw top. The ridge on the inside of the cap is for screwing it back on correctly, but you can use it as a sort of cup, I certainly do.
Fill it to the ridge and this is more than enough to swish around your mouth. The bottle is made from thick plastic and has a small plastic seal with Listerine written on the top. This has a perforated strip on the side to make it easier getting off.
@ Taste & Texture @
The first thing to note about Listerine is the sheer sting you go get from it. You put it in your mouth and after about 4 seconds the sting starts to kick in. It's not like hot chilli sauce in our mouth, but more like your taste buds are vibrating around on your rouge. It has a real kick to it, and if you don't like a burning sensation, this is not for you.
In the Listerine TV advertisement they show the picture of a hosepipe running around at high speed in our mouth, then an explosion. This is (in a way) accurate, it's like someone has just shoved a jet wash in my mouth and put it on high power. The burning sensation to me is fantastic. I love a really nice feel good feeling after mouthwash like my mouth has been cleaned. My eyes do water when I leave it in for over 40 seconds so by then I've spat it out.
The taste is like orbit gum, a really sweet taste. It says "cool mint" but the minty flavour isn't that strong. It is more like a cold acidic flavour. When you spit the Listerine out it leaves the same taste in your mouth for a while after, giving you fresh breath. Somehow it makes your tongue feel cold afterwards too, when you suck air into your mouth it makes you feel like you have cold air rushing up your tongue.
@ Overall @
This is a really good mouthwash. For me, everything I've just said to me personally, is a positive. Some don't like the tingling/ burning sensation but I do, and it gives you that really great feel good feeling after a rinse. It leaves a nice taste in our mouth but stops stinging within 5 seconds of spitting it out.
This really is another "marmite" thing. You either love it or hate it. I recommend you try it and if you can't stand the sting on your tongue, but love the taste, Listerine do make this in a tamer version which would be more suited to you.
I have tried various different mouthwashes, as I like to use them alongside brushing my teeth for added freshness and protection. Mouthwashes reach the areas where a toothbrush cannot, and they give the mouth a good deep refreshing clean. I like the fact that they clean the entire mouth, leaving it feeling thoroughly clean. I have no preference when it comes to mouthwash, as they are all designed with the same idea. I just want a mouthwash that will clean the areas where my toothbrush struggles to reach, and for it to leave my teeth and mouth feeling fresh and clean.
My shopping trips are always interesting when my lively toddler is in tow, I end up buying items with little comparing, as it is generally a mad dash round and my eyes barely get to look on the shelves. I picked up a bottle of the Listerine Coolmint Antibacterial Mouthwash, mainly for the pretty spearmint colour. Retailing at £2 a bottle, it is comparable with its counterparts, though the bottle is a small 250ml size. Listerine comes in a variety of flavours all of which have different cleaning properties.
I tend to use mouthwash in the evening after brushing, and in the middle of the day shortly after lunch to give my mouth a quick freshen up. It is advised that this mouthwash is used twice daily preferably morning and evening after brushing to protect against plaque. It is said to give 24 hours protection, prevent and remove plaque reducing it by 56% more than brushing alone, kill bacteria between teeth, and freshen breath. 20 ml (4 x 5 ml teaspoonfuls) should be poured into a clean glass, and it advises against taking it from the bottle. It is to be rinsed around teeth and gums for 30 seconds and deposited into the sink afterwards.
I never accurately measure the amount of mouthwash, as I don't think it is essential. Pouring some into a glass, I noticed the vivid colour and pungent smell. It actually reminded me of the mouthwash that dentists use, as I always find that they are heavily scented. It has a very clinical smell, which made me believe that it would be strong. I wasn't wrong. It was incredibly powerful, as it made my entire mouth burn and tingle. I was unable to wait the recommended 30 seconds, as it was not very pleasant, and I couldn't keep it in my mouth any longer. The tingling and cooling sensation lasted a good amount of time after, too.
I was a little apprehensive to continue using it, as it was that strong. However, I wasn't prepared to let it go to waste, so I bravely persevered hoping that it wasn't as bad as I remembered. Unfortunately, it was as bad, and again I wasn't able to use it for the full 30 seconds. I tend to store my mouthwash in the lounge, and rinse it around my mouth as I make my way to the bathroom. The first few times I rushed to the bathroom, as it felt like my mouth was going to explode. Not one to give up, I continued, through madness or just plain stinginess, either way I felt I had to finish the bottle.
After several days use, I finally adjusted to the burning sensation and it had become tolerable. After using, it leaves a cooling sensation in the mouth and an unusual minty taste, not awful, just a little bitter. The taste and feeling lasts for a considerable amount of time, and my mouth does feel much fresher and cleaner after use. I am also amazed to see the remnants in the sink after use. It gets into all the areas where the toothbrush misses and in between teeth to give a deep lasting clean.
The mouthwash is not suitable for children under 12 years of age. The bottle features a safety cap that is to be squeezed whilst twisted. Once open it is to be used within 12 months, with daily use it will only last a couple of weeks, so there is no worry there. Though, it may take a few months to pluck up the courage to use it again due to the strength. It leaves my mouth feeling considerably cleaner and fresher after use, and has lasting power.
This mouthwash is far stronger than any other I've tried, and it does take a little getting used to. I would buy it again, but I don't think it would be my first choice.
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Whereas I try to skimp and save wherever possible I always insist on the better-known brands of mouthwash because I'd hate us all to lose our teeth or experience gum disease.
To be honest I have steered clear of this Coolmint for a while because I remember it being so strong but I hadn't the heart to tell hubby when he came from Costco with a few bottles for us. He paid just over £5 each for the 1 litre 'value pack' ones which were on offer. I have used other Listerine mouthwashes but I think this must be the strongest tasting one of all - so much so that every time I rinse with it I brace myself because it feels like it is burning my mouth.
The product looks slightly different to the one in the Dooyoo picture as mine has '1l value pack' blazened across the top in bright red and obviously is a bigger size. On the front it has a 'before' and 'after' picture and it claims to 'reduce plaque by up to 56% more than brushing alone' - better blooming had do after the discomfort it has caused me!
Listerine Coolmint is a kind of ocean blue liquid and once you grapple with the childproof safety cap the antiseptic/ eucalyptus smell really hits you reminding me of the dentist and hospital visits. Funnily enough it states 'do not swallow' - I cannot imagine anyone wanting to/ being able to swallow this because of the acrid taste.
The ingredients are listed on the label on the reverse of the bottle for those who want to/ can understand terms such as methyl salicylate, poloxamer, benzoic acid etc. the one thing I would point out though is that it contains alcohol which means it may not be suitable for some.
It states that you should pour 4 x 5ml teaspoons in a glass and rinse for 30 seconds. This doesn't sound a long time but believe me it seems ages when you are using something as strong as this. After rinsing and spitting out all I want to do is have a glass of water which defeats the whole object really doesn't it?
I am nearing the end of this first huge bottle (only another 7 to go!) and just hope that the mouthwash lives up to its claim that it will do the following -
- prevent and reduce plaque
- kill bacteria between teeth
- freshen breath
I must admit that it does work though and I certainly notice a big difference if I forget to use it in the morning. After rinsing my teeth feel smooth and squeaky clean whilst my gums feel refreshed and healthy - much better results than if I have only brushed my teeth.
In conclusion I have to say that this stuff does seem to make a difference and would recommend trying a small bottle if you haven't used this before. Be warned though, it is VERY strong!
I have used Listerine a good few times now as I always like to have a mouthwash handy. I used to buy any mouth wash as I always expected them to work the same but one night I seen an advert on the TV about Listerine consisting of a man or a lady having a little explosion in the mouth from using Listerine and I decided to give it a go since I noticed it was on offer the following day at Wilkinson's for a pound.
I always go for the cool mint Listerine as I like something very fresh. Listerine comes in a clear bottle which the bright liquid can be seen through. In my case the liquid is a very nice greeny blue colour. I tend to just go for the 250ml bottles as they tend to be on offer quite often and it does last me a good while. The Listerine bottle comes with a child friendly lid that has to be opened by squeezing the two small sections and turning.
Listerine cool mint is an antibacterial mouthwash that is designed to reduce plaque by up to 56% more than brushing teeth alone. If the product is used twice daily it promises to provide 24 hour protection against plaque and also provides long lasting breath freshness. The bottle promises to prevent and reduce plaque, kill bacteria between the teeth and freshens breath.
Listerine can be poured directly into the cap of the bottle then into the mouth after brushing. The point is to swill the solution around for 30 seconds or as long as you can before the mint starts to kick in and you feel a numbing burning sensation in the mouth. Two swills of water are required after using this just to make the mouth feel normal again.
The smell of this mouth wash is strong and reminds me of the dentist but it isn't too unpleasant and you can smell the mint. Unfortunately when using this wash it is incredibly strong and I find it hard to keep it in my mouth for very long before I start feeling the burning sensation on my tongue and inner cheeks. Putting the sensation aside I have to say that I do actually love this product as after using it after brushing my mouth does feel extremely clean and it certainly does freshen breath.
This is now the only mouth wash that I use and I would certainly recommend it. If cool mint isn't for you then other varieties such as soft mint, original, fresh burst and many more are available. They can be rather expensive for the 500ml bottles so I would recommend looking around for the best price or offers.
I recently bought this product from Boots as it was on one of thos 3 for 2 offers so i thought id give it a try, I'd used different mouthwashes previously but to be completely honest none of them compared to this one! It honestly leaves my mouth feeling SUPER clean afterwards, where others had just made it feel ok, I'm very concious about my teeth and their cleanliness as a smoker and find that this product keeps them as white as possible. One problem I find is that it leaves my mouth very dry for about 30 seconds afterwards yet it literally lasts for 30 secs. I am totally in love with this product and cannot see myself going back to the old ones i used to use "back in the day". Another thing I tested was giving my teeth a quick rinse with this before brushing and for my teeth this actually whitens them even more than using it after brushing, i now use this product twice when i brush my teeth and the feel of them are AMAZING ive never felt anything like it... try for yourself. I understand like any other product, what works for one person may not work for another, but you may aswell try, you've got nothing to lose. The company also have miniture versions of this product which last about 10 washes that you may want to try before buying the larger bottles. I only recommend these as i hate having a product in the house that I'm never going to use. I strongly recommend people at least trying this product. ENJOY!
I've never previously been one of those people who uses mouthwash regularly but I've recently decided to really go for oral hygiene especially since I have my tongue pierced which can cause plaque. I bought a 250ml bottle of coolmint from Tesco for £2.00 which is quite a good price and I didn't want to get a big bottle, I wanted to test the water a bit.
Not much to say about the bottle itself. It has a fairly simple design which is curved so it's easy to pick up. It also has an accident-proof lid which you have to squeeze to get into - great if you have children I guess. The label claims to reduce plaque by 56% more than brushing which, if true, is brilliant! On the back it also says it gives you fresh breath. I have not found this to be the case unfortunately, I think the smell is overwhelming and doesn't last. The taste is also horrible, it wasn't coolmint at all, it just burnt! I thought maybe it was because I was a newbie on the mouthwash front but no, it still burns 2 months later! So much so that' I've diluted it with water in order to finish the bottle - defeats the object of mouthwash then! It might well revmove 56% more plaque than brushing but for me, it's not worth the pain. I think I will continue to experiment with other brands and flavours!
Listerine Cool Mint is a really effective tool in the fight against tartar and tooth decay. I am fastidious about oral hygiene and am always on the lookout for good products to help me keep my teeth sparkling clean. Listerine Cool Mint claims to;
· Reduce more plaque than brushing alone
· Prevent and reduce build up of tartar
· Kill oral bacteria
· Freshen your breath
I usually rinse my mouth with this immediately after doing my teeth for about 30 seconds, making sure I slosh it all around my mouth. The Cool Mint flavour is much gentler than other Listerine flavours, which I would struggle to keep in my mouth for 30 seconds. With the Cool Mint variety this is not a problem, it does the job without blowing your head off.
The packaging is very straight forward with a list of active ingredients on the back of the bottle. The product has a safety cap which should deter children (and bleery eyed adults) from opening it.
I think this product is particularly useful for getting to parts of your mouth that you might miss during brushing (like your very back teeth). You can really feel it working and my mouth definitely feels cleaner after using it. I have noticed that my gums would occasionally bleed if I brushed too hard. This doesn't seem to be happening since I started using Listerine Cool Mint, which is all good!
Listerine Cool Mint is fairly long lasting. My breath feels fresh and minty for a good long while after using it. I don't know if it quite lasts for 12 hours as the bottle suggests, but it definitely lasts a long time.
My bottle of Listerine Cool Mint cost me £2.00 in Boots for a 250 ml bottle, which I think is quite good value, considering the product really does work.
I would definitely recommend this product to adults everywhere (due to the alcohol content of Listerine Cool Mint, it is not suitable for children). It gets the job done and keeps working long after you have spat it down the sink.
Antiseptic mouthwash / Plaque is a major cause of gum disease / The strong Listerine formula, when used in addition to regular brushing, is clinically proven to significantly reduce the build-up of plaque / Original Listerine kills the bacteria that cause ba