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      20.08.2013 00:41
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      Really good results, but at a minty price.

      I have only recently started using mouthwash, and because I have only tried out a couple so far I am not particularly loyal to any one brand. I had heard many good things about Listerine products, so when I was buying some toiletries I popped one of their products into my basket. Although they had a wide variety of mouthwash available, I went for their 'Fresh Burst' one because it seemed most appropriate for my needs.

      This particular mouthwash is available in Boots, Superdrug and most supermarkets. It retails at around £3.40. This seems like a high price, but when you consider how long a mouthwash actually lasts it is worth the price. You get a standard sized 500ml bottle which lasts a good while, so I was happy to pay this price for a good, branded mouthwash.

      The mouthwash comes in a bottle as shown in the image. It is quite a shocking green shade and has quite a medicinal look to it. Until reading up on this mouthwash after purchasing, I noticed that this contains antiseptic. I think this could explain its slightly medicinal scent. I was a little put off by this, but I would much rather it had that particular scent than a sweet one.

      You use this as you would with any other mouthwash. You need to use 20ml of this and swirl it around your mouth for thirty seconds. This needs to be done both morning and night, and I like to do it after I have brushed my teeth. I pour mine into the cap on the mouthwash as I am the only person who uses this, and I have found this much quicker than using a separate cap or cup to hold the mouthwash. Be sure that you do NOT swallow this product. It only needs to be swished around the mouth and then spat out into the sink.

      It seems easy to use doesn't it? Unfortunately for me, I found it quite a hassle. The flavour of this mouthwash is just so strong and minty. The first few times I used this I couldn't stand to keep it in my mouth for more than ten seconds. Initially, I thought this was because I was new to mouthwash and was not used to using strong oral care products. I am now half way down the bottle and still find the flavour overwhelming. It is unbelievably strong and definitely wouldn't be to most peoples tastes. It actually puts me off using this because I find it so difficult to keep in my mouth for thirty seconds as it makes my mouth feel like it's on fire! I noticed that the longer I used the product, the more I got used to it. However, it is still quite unpleasant.

      Thankfully, the results of this mouthwash make up for its awful taste! The main benefit I noticed of using this is that my breath was much fresher. Obviously whenever using toothpaste or a mouthwash you notice considerable difference to your breath, but this was just a great difference. It leaves a cool, minty taste in your mouth which sticks around quite a while after using the mouthwash. I also noticed that my mouth in general felt much cleaner, and now I have been using this for a few weeks, I have definitely noticed a difference in the overall health of my teeth. Something else which I was happy to read about was that this particular mouthwash has been scientifically proven to reduce plaque by 52% and also to reduce gingivitus (gum disease) by 21% when compared to brushing and flossing alone. The results of this mouthwash really are fantastic, and it goes to show that it does pay off in the end.

      Ingredients:
      Eucalyptol, Menthol, Methyl Salicylate, Thymol, Water, alcohol (21.6%), sorbitol solution, flavoring, poloxamer 407, benzoic acid, sodium saccharin, sodium benzoate, D&C yellow no. 10, FD&C green no. 3

      Note: This mouthwash is only designed to be used by those over the age of 12, and should always be kept out of reach of children. Although recommended for those age 12+ I would urge you not to give teenagers this mouthwash. I find that it is just too strong for them, and effective less stronger mouthwash products are available which could be more suitable for them. If swallowed, this mouthwash could cause serious injury.

      Overall, I have to award the Listerine Fresh Burst Mouthwash 3 stars. The results of this are absolutely fantastic, and I can not fault those at all. I have seen considerable improvements in the freshness of my breath, as well the overall health of my gums and mouth. This mouthwash has also been proven to help combat plaque and gum disease. It seems like the perfect mouthwash, but unfortunately the overwhelming flavour of this just lets it down, and that is why I have to give it three stars. I would consider buying this again simply for its fantastic results, but if I could find a mouthwash that delivered these results but with a weaker flavour, I would purchase that instead. It is almost as if I love and hate this mouthwash at the same time. Thanks for reading and hope this helps.

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      03.02.2012 14:49

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      A good quality mouthwash

      I usually buy this mouthwash as an addition to regular brushing. The mouthwash can be expensive at full price so I tend to stock up when it's on offer.

      The mouthwash tastes nice. I would describe the flavour as fresh, minty and invigorating. A downside to the mouthwash is the fact that it does contain alcohol, which can sometimes dry your mouth out. However, the alcohol level isn't very high and if you're careful with it (i.e that you don't swallow it) you should be okay!

      The mouthwash is long lasting as you only need a small amount of it at a time. I pour some into the cap and swig it around my mouth for thirty seconds or so. The thing about Listerine is that it's quite strong so you may find that your eyes water a little bit when using the mouthwash!

      The mouthwash leaves my mouth feeling clean and fresh and the pleasant aftertaste is a nice touch! The mouthwash leaves my teeth feeling really clean too and it helps to give your teeth (and gums) a thorough clean, even getting into all the hard to reach places.

      I would recommend this mouthwash. It's also great for healing mouth and/ or lip piercings (i.e tongue piercings) as it cleans the wound and speeds up the healing process.

      A great all round mouthwash.

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      01.08.2011 12:50
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      Mouthwash with added Bite!

      For as long as I can remember I have incorporated a Mouthwash into my teeth-cleaning regime and over the years have tried and tested many varieties. Like with other many consumable products I'm not particularly brand-loyal and will buy whatever is on offer at the time of purchase. I don't ask for much out of a Mouthwash, so long as it helps freshen my breath and works alongside toothpaste in keeping my teeth clean then I'll buy whatever takes my eye. Listerine Freshburst caught my attention the last time I needed a mouthwash and for no other reason that it was on offer I bought a bottle, at half price at just over a pound I thought it was a great price and now that I've nearly finished off my bottle I thought it was time I wrote a review about my experience with it.

      As shown in my picture the bottle is rather unassuming, it's simply presented with a stickered label on the front and has a black child-proof screw top lid. I am informed that this is an AntiBacterial Mouthwash and Listerine state that it "reduces plaque by up to 56% more than brushing alone". The liquid mouthwash is minty-green in colour and provides 24 hour protection against plaque and lasting fresh breath confidence according to the bottle which goes on to state that It is clinically proven to prevent and reduce plaque, a major cause of gum disease, it kills bacteria between teeth and also freshens breath. The directions for use simply state to pour four teaspoons full into a glass and then rinse around teeth and gums for around 30 seconds then spit out, personally I don't bother carefully measuring it out and I can't see that it matters if you just take as little or as much as you want to be honest.

      I use this Mouthwash after brushing my teeth, it is very strong in mint flavour and while the taste of it is pleasant enough it does have quite a kick to it which did take a few days to get used to. The antibacterial properties really work into my teeth and gums and at first I thought the mouthwash was going to be a little too powerful as it left my gums and the insides of my cheeks feeling tingly and almost numb. It wasn't a pleasant experience at first I must admit but I stuck with it and after a couple of days began to get used to the sensation and once my teeth had been cleaned and the mouthwash spat out I was left with cleaner looking, smooth teeth. The best thing about this mouthwash for me is that it does leave my breath smelling fresh, being a smoker I'm always concerned about having stale breath and tend to pick up mouthwashes that are formulated to help deal with this problem. Whilst the mouthwash is undeniably strong and very astringent I do think its one of the best I have used as a breath-freshener and it's on that basis that I would buy it again once my bottle has run out.

      As for how it cleaned my teeth I couldn't say if it was any better or worse than any other Mouthwashes that I have tried in the past but it is definitely one of the strongest and to some people it may be a little too harsh in all honesty. I realise that mouthwashes in general do have to have some potency to them but Listerine's Freshburst is perhaps too strong and unless you are smoker or suffer from bad breath then it might be better off avoided. I've been using my bottle for a couple of weeks now and whilst I can't deny that my breath is undoubtedly fresher than it would be if I didn't use a mouthwash there's something about the overall sensation that this gives which I still find to be off-putting.

      Would I buy it again? Yes, I probably would but only if it was on offer - there are many brands of Mouthwash available and I have used a number of them in the past but can't remember any of the others being quite as strong as this one and whilst I do think its an excellent breath freshener I do think it's perhaps a little too intense and probably one I wouldn't rush out to buy again.

      I paid around a pound for my bottle and when not on offer it usually sells for around £2.00 and is available from supermarkets and chemists. Listerine's Freshburst gets 3 stars from me as a rating, it's excellent in some regards but in others it's maybe a little too harsh so I'm in two-minds about this one overall.

      Thanks for reading my review, please note that this also appears on ciao under my username.

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        14.12.2010 16:29
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        A product that divides opinion, but I love it.

        I am well aware that Listerene mouthwash divides opinion, much like Marmite, and is either a "love it" or "hate it" product. For those that have never tried this particular brand of mouthwash before, the dividing line between this and other products of its type is that it creates a burning sensation in the mouth when you use it, a sensation so powerful, that for a lot of people, it is an actual test of endurance to keep the product in the mouth for the full 30 seconds stated on the instructions. I must admit that I am firmly on the "love it" side of the line, and no, that does not mean I am some kind of sadist who enjoys pain!


        Listerene comes in various flavours and varieties, and also in varying strengths. The product I am reviewing is Freshburst Listerene, which is a bright green colour and has a minty flavour.


        The bottle I have at home is a 500ml bottle, although this product is available in smaller sized bottles. The average bottle will cost just under £4 in most supermarkets or chemists, but you can often but it as part of a multibuy offer or buy one get one free. This is well worth it, and if I see this product on promotion, I always stock up, as it is something I will buy anyway, and I would rather have it for as little money as possible. The bottle is clear, so you can see the green liquid inside, which fills the bottle all the way up to the base of the cap. The cap is a twist off childproof cap, to prevent kids (and probably most adults) at getting to the product inside. The cap is further protected with a tamper proof seal, which gives you peace of mind when buying.


        The front of the bottle states that this product reduces plaque by up to 56% more than brushing alone, with a handy picture of what that actually looks like. I am always a bit dubious of claims like this. After all, 56% seems a bit of a random number, and I would love to know where the manufacturers get their figures from, and what weird research goes into finding this out! Answers on a postcard please...From my personal experience, this mouthwash is very effective at reducing plaque, but I never actually measures the plaque on my teeth to see if there was 56% less than before!


        The label on the back of the bottle gives instructions to use the mouthwash twice a day, rinsing for 30 seconds. The benefits are listed as:

        Preventing and reducing plaque

        Killing bacteria between teeth

        Freshening breath

        There is also a warning about not giving the product to kids under 12, and not diluting the product, swallowing it, or my favourite, swigging from the bottle! Ok, I know it contains alcohol, but you can get a bottle of wine cheaper than a bottle of this, and wine generally tastes better. I won't be swigging from the bottle any time soon.


        So , now to the important bit. What the product is like to use. The instructions tell you to put 4 teaspoons into a glass and rinse, but I can't be bothered doing that. I simply fill the lid to the line and use that instead. The burn doesn't hit you at first, as you taste the lovely cooling minty flavour, but within a few seconds of swishing, you can feel the insides of your cheeks slowly eroding! The ad with the "exploding mouth" is a very accurate representation of how it feels to rinse with Listerene! Then it really is a case of seeing if you can go the full 30 seconds before spitting it out. Usually, once I have got halfway, I can usually do it. The first 15 seconds are the worst!


        After rinsing, the mouth feels really refreshed and you certainly feel that your breath is fresher. I do honestly feel that when I use this product morning and evening, that the plaque levels in my mouth are drastically reduced, and I never seem to have any problems with my oral health. This is also a product that I like to have a quick swish with before going out, as I know my breath will smell great! I have tried other mouthwashes, but they all seem a little bland compared to Listerene, and I think a lot of the non alcoholic mouthwashes can even taste a little soapy, so I always go back to Listerene, like an old friend.


        In conclusion, I think that this is a product that really works, and definitely leaves the mouth feeling clean and fresh. On the other hand, I appreciate that not everyone will like the burning sensation, and also that there has been a lot of controversy in the news about the health risks associated with mouthwashes containing alcohol, so obviously buying this product is a matter of personal choice and preference. It should also be emphasized that children cannot use this product, so if you have a family, you may wish to buy an alternative mouthwash for your children, or a product designed for the whole family.

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          03.08.2010 21:39
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          Mouthwash With Strong Minty Flavour

          When it comes to oral hygiene, I've always been slightly obsessive. I really like my mouth the feel clean and fresh.

          I've tried various mouthwashes over the years, all with various merits but none that I wanted to stick with. Browsing through my local Boots store, I saw that all the Listerine products were on a BOGOF offer. I had tried many of the flavours before, but had never tried Freshburst. I decided to go for it, and got two 500ml bottles for around £3.50. It also comes in a 250ml bottle.

          It claims that Listerine Freshburst Antibacterial Mouthwash prevents and reduces plaque by up to 56% more than brushing alone, kills bacteria between teeth and freshens breath. The mouthwash itself is a bright green colour and comes in a clear plastic bottle with a black lid. The lid is child safe very similar to bleach and disinfectant bottles.

          On opening the bottle you immediately notice the fresh minty smell of the mouthwash. According to the directions, the product is best used in the morning and evening after brushing your teeth. It is recommended that you pour 20ml into a glass and then swish around your mouth for 30 seconds and spit out. I've realised that the lid provides an adequate amount to rinse around your mouth properly.

          When you first start swishing, you get a very fresh and pleasant taste in the mouth. However this taste gets stronger and stronger and after about 20 seconds you will be dying to spit it out. On doing so, there is burning sensation in you mouth for a few seconds afterwards. I say burning for want of a better word. It isn't painful, you just know that something is going on in there. Which for me is an advantage, I like to feel that things are working. In terms of freshening the breath, this mouthwash is definitely a winner. The fresh flavour stays in your mouth for a few hours afterwards.

          It says on the bottle that this product is not suitable for children under 12 years of age. I can understand this, as it's very strong so the child safe lid is definitely a good idea.

          I can't say I've noticed much improvement in terms of reducing plaque build up, as I brushed my teeth at least twice a day and flossed regularly before I started using it. Although I must say my mouth does feel healthier.

          I would definitely recommend this product, but understand that it won't be for everyone. It does taste strong, but you do get used to it after a while and the results are worth it.

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          02.08.2010 00:28
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          Mouthwash is another one of them items I look for half price or BOGOF offers and buy a couple while they are cheap, I had had a few bad buys with what i thought were good brand names in oral health so although i still look for bargains I will only buy the the best brand names in mouthwash now.

          What is it?
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          I am sure just about everybody has heard of Listerine but for those who don't know about it Listerine Freshburst comes in a 250ml or 500ml clear plastic bottle with a black screw off safty cap, it's a very good safety top which you have to squeeze at 2 points on the cap before it will start to unscrew.

          The label is white and green with black lettering for the title, Freshburst Listerine Antibacterial Mouthwash, and there are a couple of medical looking teeth pictures, the back of the bottle has lots of information about ingredients. instructions and warnings which i will list later.

          My Experience
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          The liquid it's self is an opaque bright'ish green colour and looks quite refreshing, after removing the tamper proof cellophane from the cap squeeze the 2 marked parts to release the safety lock which allows you to unscrew it, on this bottle it doesn't say use the cap as a measure it says use 20ml, as this is my mouthwash and only I use it i tend to just take a small swig from the bottle, rinse it round my mouth for about 20 seconds then spit it out.

          While rinsing my mouth it has a very nice refreshing mint/spearmint flavour, when you spit it out you can see it has done some cleaning round your mouth, although it leaves your mouth a little hot it's also very fresh and feels really clean, some reviews say it's really hot but i think it's just the right amount of fresh mintyness.

          As I am a smoker I know my breath can get a bit rough, Listerine cleans my mouth and leaves long lasting freshness, at least until my next smoke!

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          Price info:
          250ml............around £2
          500ml...........around £3.50
          Look out for offers in your local supermarket/chemist, the last 250ml bottle i bought was on offer for £1.00, and i have seen multi buy offers on the 500ml bottles in Asda.

          Directions for use:
          Especially effective when used morning and evening after brushing. Pour 20ml (approximately two thirds of a capful) into cap, rinse around the teeth and gums for 30 seconds, gargle and spit out. Rinse cap after use.

          Warnings:
          Not suitable for use in children under 12 years of age. Do not use if bottle seal is broken when purchased. Do not swallow. Cold weather may cloud Listerine but its antiseptic properties are not affected. Do not dilute or swig from bottle. If problems in the mouth persist for more than a few days, see your dentist. Keep out of the reach of children.

          Ingrediants:
          Aqua, Alcohol, Sorbitol, Poloxamer 407, Benzoic Acid, Eucalyptol, Menthol, Thymol, Methyl Salicylate, Aroma, Sodium Saccharin, Sodium Benzoate CI42053, CI47005.

          Web site:
          Listerine has a very good web site with lots of useful info about oral hygine as well as more info on all the other variaties of Listerine.
          http://www.listerine.co.uk/

          This one looses 1 star as it's very expensive, I recomend you look out for it on offer and give it a try.

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            01.02.2010 14:27
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            Listerine Freshburst is my chosen tag-team partner for the ol' toothpaste.

            Listerine Freshburst comes in a see through, 500ml, squarish bottle. The bottle is wider at both the top and the bottom, leaving a thinner area in the middle for taking a hold of it. There aren't many curvy parts on the container, which I think gives it a serious 'I'm here to get the job done' look.

            The mouthwash itself is a bright green colour; fortunately this doesn't change the colour of your teeth to match.

            The screw cap on the bottle is childproof, so you have to squeeze at the designated points and then turn to get the top off. Once you get the top off you just pour 20ml into a glass (I choose to fill have the cap up) and start gargling and swirling for 30 seconds.

            The first thing that you will find is how strong this is. After about 10 seconds it does get a little burny, which I think is good, it gives me the impression it is actually doing something.

            The taste of the mouthwash is also very strong, but I find it quite pleasant and it leaves your breath smelling a sort of minty fresh.

            Another thing I have noticed is shortly after using my mouth feels a little numb, again I don't mind because I think it shows it's working. This feeling of numbness wears off after around a minute or two. Perhaps the half-cap, verging on full cap I use is a little too much.

            The claims of the mouthwash are as such:

            *Reduces plaque by up to 56% more than brushing alone

            *Used twice daily, Freshburst Listerine provides 24-hour protection against plaque and lasting fresh breath confidence

            *Prevents & reduces plaque, a major cause of gum disease

            *Kills bacteria between teeth

            *Freshens breath

            The only one I know to be working is the freshens breath claim, I have no way of knowing about the rest, but I'll take Listerine's word for it.

            I'd definitely recommend this mouthwash. It feels like it's working and leaves a nice fresh taste in your mouth. I would have to say this is the best mouthwash I have used.

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              13.11.2009 15:26
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              This is a good mouthwash.

              I used Listerine Coolmint for years. When I saw this Listerine Antiseptic Freshburst, I decided to give it try.

              PACKAGING

              The clear plastic bottle is uniquely designed with its slip-proof body. The bottle is broad just below the neck and at the bottom part but is narrow at the center. This prevents the bottle from slipping from my hand even when it's wet. The bottle is transparent and colourless which makes me see the content clearly. The black screw lid also serves as a measuring cup for the mouthwash but I actually prefer to take it straight from the bottle.

              THE PROMISE

              * Prevents & Reduces Gingivitis
              * Fights Bad Breath
              * Kills Germs Between Teeth

              INGREDIENTS

              Active
              Thymol (.064%)
              Eucalyptol (.092%)
              Methyl Salicylate (.060%)
              Menthol (.042%)

              Inactive
              Water, Alcohol (21.6%), Flavoring, Poloxamer 407, Benzoic Acid, Sorbitol Solution, Sodium Saccharin, Sodium Benzoate, D&C Yellow 10, FD&C Green 3

              Price: £3.29 for a 500ml bottle

              THE LIQUID

              Listerine Antiseptic Freshburst has bright green colour with strong minty and alcohol scent. The liquid should be used full strength without diluting it. Upon taking it, I immediately feel a burning sensation on my mouth especially on my tongue. The direction says I have to gargle if for 30 seconds to get the optimum benefit. However, the burning sensation is almost unbearable for me so I have to spit it after about 8 seconds. The burning feeling just makes my eyes water so I have to knock off 1 star from my rating.

              EFFECT

              After gargling with Listerine Antiseptic Freshburst, the burning sensation dies down in about 10 seconds. It is not recommended to gargle with water right after cleansing with this mouthwash. My mouth then feels dry and really clean. My breath becomes fresh and minty though the minty scent doesn't really last long.

              PRECAUTION

              Listerine Antiseptic Freshburst must not be used by children under 12 years old. It is advisable to keep this mouthwash out of children's reach. Kids usually follow what older people do. When kids see you orally taking this mouthwash, the tendency is that they might mistaken it is a drinking soda.

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                18.10.2009 14:25
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                I have an intense dislike of people with bad breath and as such this dislike fuels an obsession I have with my own breath and making sure that it is nice and fresh as much as I can possibly make it, hence I floss regulalry, clean my teeth after meals and use a mouth wash as well.

                The current one I have in the bathroom is Listerene Freshburst which is green in colour and comes in a clear plastic bottle which is easy to crip and a screw off lid into which you can pour some of the mouthwash to drink from after brushing.

                It has a really strong mint taste that is almost harsh in its nature, certainly you can really taste it when you are swirling the mouth wash around your mouth. It does feel like you can almost feel thios mouthwash stripping away the palque and any bits of stubborn food left in your mouth and certainly when I spit this out I'm amazed at how much my electric tooth brush has managed to miss and I always brush for two minutes as mine has a built in timer.

                The benefit of using such an effective mouth wash is that your mouth is really clean and hence less likely to pick up infections and I find that my breath is nice and fresh for the rest of the morning provided I stick to drinking water and avoid coffee or any non fruit snacks.

                If you can stand the strong taste then this is well worth using as it is so effective.

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                17.10.2009 22:36
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                A Long Lasting Mouthwash That's A Bit Too Strong

                This must be on special offer at the minute and that's the only reason I can think we'd have it in the bathroom because my mum usually buys the supermarket own mouthwash.

                I got an infection in my gum a few months ago and it wouldn't go away for ages so the dentist gave me mega powerful antibiotics and said to use any mouthwash 3 times a day. I've got into the habit of doing it and now my mouth doesn't feel clean unless I've swilled with mouthwash at least in the morning after I've brushed my teeth, and I don't mind it because I like the taste of most mouthwashes.

                This Listerine is mad though, it's a proper bright green colour and the taste matches the colour if you see what I mean. It's EXTREMLEY minty and the name of it is right because the mint taste does burst into your mouth but it's so strong it feels like it's burning your mouth.

                I can't manage more than a few seconds of swilling with this mouthwash because the mint doesn't cool my mouth down, it's that strong that it really does feel like it's burning especially the insides of my cheeks gets sore if I use it for too long. I started diluting it down with water and that helped a bit but it did take a lot of the mintiness away and wasn't as fresh.

                The effects of the mouthwash are long lasting and that's not always a good thing because anything you eat and drink for about 4 hours after will taste weird because of the strong mint aftertaste.

                It did make my mouth feel cleaner and fresher after I'd brushed my teeth and that lasted for a while. One night I used it before I went to bed and my mouth felt fresher when I got up in the morning and that's deffo a good thing! lol

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                  Following the theme of clean teeth, here we are with some mouth wash. We purchased this as it was the cheapest at the time. You can currently get this for £2 in Asda for a 100ml bottle.

                  It's a standard plastic bottle, listing all the ingredients and so forth on the labels. As you can see in the picture, it is a see through green liquid.

                  The instructions tell you to fill the cap up and put in your mouth (the liquid, not the cap). I always find that this a large amount of liquid in my mouth and usually only half fill the cap. Once inside your mouth, you just swill it a round and round, conccentrating on getting it into all parts of your mouth.

                  Once you start doing this, you understand how Listerine works on cleaning your mouth. It burns everything off in there. I don't know if it actually does that, but that is certainly what it feels like. It is not a pleasant feeling at all. It feels like I'm swilling petrol around in my mouth.

                  Then we come to spit it out and the aftertaste it leaves. My mouth is generally pretty moist, but after using this, it leaves my mouth feeling very dry. It is horrible, even after washing out the taste with water, having a drink, etc, it just feels dry. I end up going to sleep with a dry, uncomfortable feeling in my mouth.

                  I would not recommend this to anyone, it's just not good enough taste wise or after effects wise. Sure, it appears to clean my mouth and make my breath fresh, but it's just not worth it.

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                    06.09.2009 15:05
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                    Just what you need for extra clean teeth!

                    There's mouthwashes...and then there's Listerine. A product such as Dentyl ph does the job, and you can clearly see the 'results' when you spit it back into the sink, but Listerine is a slightly cheaper but just as convincing mouthwash.

                    It's main selling point is arguably it's incredibly strong flavour, which many will find overpowering and even uncomfortable; although milder tasting types are available apparently. (Thanks Wikipedia!)

                    The Listerine brand has a consistent slogan of "Kills germs that cause bad breath", and being an antiseptic mouthwash it will do just that. The Freshburst version which I'm reviewing today has a particularly strong antiseptic feel to it. By that I mean the strong flavour is very overpowering - almost alcoholic it taste, along with the obvious essence of mint. But the strong flavour is the antiseptic working its magic, and this is how Listerine differs from other mouthwashes on the market.

                    It's a emerald green colour, and it comes in a clear plastic bottle which vary in size. From the regular 500ml bottle, to smaller, convenient bottles that you may wish to carry in travel bags for example.

                    There are obviously other types of Listerine products out there, all depending on taste preference really as they will do the same job of course...There's Coolmint (Blue) and Original (Yellow-ish) which are arguably their two more popular products compared to the green Freshmint one.

                    Now, looking on the American Listerine site, it gives a lot of information on each Listerine product, but for the Freshmint option it lists these as the 'active ingredients'...

                    water, alcohol (21.6%), sorbitol solution, flavoring, poloxamer 407, benzoic acid, sodium saccharin, sodium benzoate, D&C yellow no. 10, FD&C green no. 3

                    Yes, clearly there's a lot of alcohol in it, which is why the taste is just so strong. There's obviously instructions for use and things to advise against, all of which you'd expect to find - Do not use with children under 12 years of age. Keep out of reach of children. If more than used for rinsing is accidentally swallowed, seek medical help...either that or you'll be drunk very quickly!!

                    Many dentists recommend using a mouthwash and I'm sure will recommend Listerine. In recent years there has been the odd health scare regarding it and the links it may have with oral cancer - which have never been proven I should clearly state. But many hygienists will also recommend rinsing your mouth with it for 30 seconds...go on, try it. I dare you. Because it's that strong it will leave your mouth burning...but one heck of a lot cleaner!!

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                      31.07.2009 08:46
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                      Strong mint mouthwash for fresh breath and plaque free teeth

                      I always use mouth wash as I have a very strict dental routine mostly because I hate having treatment at the dentist ! Since becoming pregnant I have suffered horrendous morning (all day) sickness. Without going into details I became concerned at the amount of times I was being sick and the impact it was having on my teeth. Therefore I changed from my regular Colgate mouthwash (which I felt was not removing plaque build up on my teeth) for Listerine Freshburst mouthwash which is renowned for being quite a tough mouthwash.

                      ***Packaging***

                      The Listerine bottle is pretty simple and plain. The bottle is clear plastic so you can see the bright green mouthwash inside. The bottle has a black plastic lid which is childproof. It is childproof for safety reasons however even I find it quite difficult to remove the lid at times and requires quite a lot of strength when twisting the lid. The white label on the front of the bottle has an image of some teeth and gums.

                      ***Price***

                      I bought a bottle of Listerine Freshburst mouthwash for £2.00 in Asda for a 250ml bottle. This was on special from the usual selling price of £3.25. In comparisons to other mouthwash products all of the Listerine products are more expensive by around 50p however they are a reputable brand and so far I have noticed a considerable positive difference in the condition of my teeth.

                      ***The Claims***

                      The claims on the bottle are that "Listerine reduces plaque by 56% more than brushing alone". It also claims to freshen breath and kill bacteria.

                      ***The Product***

                      The Freshburst mouthwash is bright green in colour. Directions for use are to use 20ml twice a day and swill around mouth for 30 seconds.

                      The only negative is that the product felt like it was burning my mouth as I swilled it around, in particular my tongue, which tingled for around 5 minutes after using the mouthwash. Because of the burning sensation I struggled to keep the mouthwash in my mouth for 30 seconds on the first few uses. As I have grown used to the sensation I can now keep swilling for 30 seconds. The taste is fresh mint. The mint is apparent but taste is not so noticeable at first; the burning sensation is!

                      Immediately after use my breath felt extremely fresh and my gums and tongue were tingling from the mouthwash, giving a very clean bacteria free feeling. When I ran my tongue over my teeth my teeth felt clean and smooth and felt less gritty. After two or three uses my teeth felt noticeably cleaner and more bright and glossy when I smiled. This product was definitely worth paying extra for.

                      ***Overall***

                      My breath is fresh after use and stays fresh for much longer than my regular Colgate mouthwash. My teeth felt noticeabley cleaner after the first use and after a few uses I noticed there was less of a build up on my teeth. If you can get over the stinging sensation of the mouthwash in your mouth, you will certainly get over the sting of the cost, which is outweighed by the benefits of the product. Top marks!

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                        21.03.2009 17:05

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                        Good product, would recommend and use again

                        Recently my job has required me to teach kids about oral hygiene and impress upon them the need to clean our teeth properly. Needless to say this prompted me to take a good look at my own routine and purchase some mouthwash!

                        I opted for Listerine purely because I seem to remember my Dad using it (so it must be good!) and it looks like it would do the job. And boy, it certainly feels like it's doing something!

                        The taste is both sweet and minty. It is strong, but not so strong that it made my eyes water. I'm able to rinse and gargle for the required 30 seconds without discomfort and it pleasantly freshens my breath and finishes off my tooth-brushing routine. I specifically chose Freshburst because it's one of the Anti-bacterial options and I like to do some extra gargling when I feel a cold coming on, or have a sore throat. I reckon it helps nip them in the bud - although I'm not sure what the doctor would say!

                        Overall a good product, does what it says on the bottle at a decent price.

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                        11.03.2009 17:10
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                        fresh breath good teeth

                        The British are well known for their bad teeth. They say is all genetic but the truth is that United Kingdom has an atrocious dental care system and extremely expensive.
                        But fear not! There is a way to avoid the butcher ...oooups I meant dentist. It works for me and it will work for you, but you must be dedicated or else would you rather face the consequences?

                        The solution is called Listerine Freshburst, an antibacterial mouthwash that will reduce plaque by up to 56% more then brushing alone. This is the claim they make and I swear by it.
                        My teeth are in a tip top condition since I started using Listerine 2 years ago. I have not had a single dot of plaque that has appeared on my teeth since I have been using it.
                        Haw does it taste like and haw do you use it:

                        This has a strong taste of Menthol and Eucalyptus. When I say strong I mean it. If you never used Listerine before while you try to follow the instructions and rinse well for 30 seconds you could very well be in tears if you are sensitive. So first time take it slow and try only a little. I promise you that within a week you won't feel the strong taste anymore, don't give up and keep persevering at it, it will not harm you!
                        I recommend you brush your teeth well for 5 minutes morning and evening and use Listerine Freshburst every time after. Unless you like going to the dentist of course.

                        I know there are many mouthwashes out there and I have tried them all before, don't waste your money on them, as far as I am concerned they are just plain flavoured water with very little benefits. They don't come even a little bit near what Listerine can do.

                        Listerine Freshburst is a wonderful product modern age has brought us and I highly recommend it for its effectiveness. Is done a fantastic job in keeping my teeth white and plaque free, one thing less I don't have to see my dentist for and that makes it all worth while.

                        You can find this product easy at every supermarket or drug store is not expensive at all and come in a 500ml package that will last you for ages.

                        This review has been posted on ciao website also!

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                        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