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      11.08.2013 23:30
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      A good quality mouthwash to protect your teeth and gums

      The hygienist at my dentist recommended that I use mouthwash as a extra precaution against gum disease and to generally give my teeth a bit more protection. I have tried other Listerine products but tend to stick to this one as it is specifically for your gums as well as teeth.

      The bottle is clear so you can see the green liquid inside and can easily see how much is left. There are the usual directions for use and ingredients on the bottle and it has a child proof cap which you have to press equally at each side to open the lid. It is not suitable for children under 12 years old but I wouldn't think that many children of this age would need to use this.

      It is an antibacterial mouthwash and is supposed to reduce plaque by up to 56% more than brushing alone and strengthens tooth enamel to help protect against decay which I assume is down to the ingredients. It also claims to kill the bacteria between teeth and freshen your breath.

      As soon as you open the bottle you can smell the mouthwash which is quite strong and a bit medicated, it says that it is Freshmint but I think it smells a bit stronger than this description. However it doesn't taste too strong and is quite fresh and minty. I have used other Listerine mouthwashes which are far stronger than this one. I would say that I can still taste it up to about half an hour after using.

      It is recommended that you use it morning and night after brushing and to use 20ml each time. Personally I think that twice a day is a bit too much as I do look after my teeth quite well in general, and I probably use it about two or three times a week. As it is only me who uses it I don't bother pouring it into a glass or even the lid and just swig it out of the bottle. I really couldn't say how much exactly I use but it is enough to swizzle round my mouth and gargle comfortably. I would say that I keep it in my mouth for about 20 to 30 seconds before spitting it out.

      I would say that my teeth feel so clean and smooth after use and I am confident that my teeth and gums are clean and that every last bit of food and drink has been removed. My gums also feel a bit tingly and just very clean.

      There are other similar products which are cheaper in price however I rate Listerine and recommend it as it is a well known quality brand and I feel that I am giving my teeth the best possible care. It is currently on offer at Boots for two 500ml bottles for £5 which will last you for ages.

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      29.10.2012 18:57
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      A really good mouthwash

      Something we always have in our bathroom is mouthwash, my usual choice is Corsodyl but recently I tried Listerine as I had a money off voucher for it, I bought my Listerine Antibacterial Mouthwash from my local Tesco where it is currently selling for £3.00 for a 500ml bottle, the one I chose was Freshmint.

      Listerine is sold in a clear plastic bottle allowing you to see the blue/green liquid inside, the label on the front gives the Listerine name and informs the customer that this is an antibacterial mouthwash that will strengthen your teeth against decay. The front of bottle also promises that Listerine will "reduce plaque by up to 56% more than brushing alone".

      The back of the bottle gives the directions for use, ingredients and also repeats the promises that are on the front of the bottle. It also advises that the mouthwash should not be used by children under the age of 12 years.

      The bottle has a safety cap on it which needs to be pressed each side before unscrewing, once I had removed the lid I took a quick sniff of the liquid, it smelt lovely, really strong and fresh with a slight medical aroma too. Freshmint is an ideal name for this.

      The instructions state that this is best used night and morning after brushing, 20ml's should be swilled around the mouth for 30seconds before spitting out.

      The first time I used Listerine I was quite shocked at how strong it is, having said that though it tastes lovely, its strong, fresh and minty and left my mouth with a real tingle to it. After I had used it Listerine left a lovely taste in my mouth but more importantly it left my mouth feeling incredibly clean and fresh, I was impressed, the fresh feeling lasted a long while too.

      I have nearly finished ,my bottle of Listerine now and intend to buy another, in my opinion as a mouthwash its ideal, it has a lovely taste, and it leaves my mouth feeling really clean and fresh. As for any long term benefits only time will tell but if you use mouthwash and want something that leaves your mouth feeling clean and fresh then I would definitely recommend Listerine Antibacterial Mouthwash, Its reasonably priced and is one of the nicest tasting mouthwashes I have used.

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      10.09.2012 22:06
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      A great mouthwash'

      Introduction:

      I am a huge fan of mouthwash and use it on a daily basis. I like the clean mouth taste and the fact that I know my gums and the hard to reach places are being properly cleaned and maintained! I have tried all sorts of mouthwash, but I am always lead back to Listerine as I feel it gives the best clean of any mouthwash, and nothing beats the strong taste. I had tried a few different Listerine mouthwashes in the past, but had never tied the teeth and gum defence one, I saw it in tesco on offer so I thought it would be worth a try. I have nothing but praise for this mouthwash and I will now explain why!

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      I paid £2 for this 250ml bottle of Listerine, I would say it is more expensive than other brands, but you pay for what you get! It's excellent. The bottle is small and has a child safe opening on the top which you squeeze and then push, it is simple to use and fits nicely In the bathroom cabinet. The mouthwash is a green colour. The bottle says that it cleans gums and teeth and is said to reduce plaque levels by as much as 56%. This is brilliant and you are will informed of the benefits of using the mouthwash. We are told to use twice daily. The benefits of using the product are that it freshens your breath, kills bacteria between the teeth and prevents plaque and gum disease. All of these factors make it a good mouthwash to have In your bathroom!

      Did it work?:

      For me , it works a treat! My teeth feel very clean after use and it has decreases the inflammation on my gums from the places I miss when I brush. My breath smells nice for a long time. You can feel the mouthwash working as it has a very strong taste, some people may not like the strong ness of the taste but I really do. You only need a small amount of mouthwash at a time. This has worked the best for me as I know it's working and it gives me the piece of mind that I am not missing anywhere in my mouth After brushing. I have been using this for nearly 4 months now and have found I have no dental problems. I recently went for a check up and everything was perfect. I would recommend this to you, it is definately worth a try. 

      Overall:

      This product gets 5 stars from me. It does exactly what it is meant to do. I love the taste and I love my mouth feeling this clean. The price does vary on this and it can be much more expensive than other brands. It's worth paying a but extra for the quality this gives you. Thanks for reading my review! Please note that you must be over the age of 12 to use this product,

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      Josh

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      30.03.2012 12:41
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      Mouthwash

      I am really fussy when it comes to oral hygiene, using an electric toothbrush, floss and a mouthwash as part of my morning and evening routine. Recently, I decided to give Listerine freshmint mouthwash a try as it was on offer.

      Listerine freshmint mouthwash comes in a clear plastic, screw top bottle. The pale green liquid is visible and looks quite pleasant. The claims on the bottle are that using this mouthwash will reduce plaque by up to 56% more than brushing alone. It is also claimed that Listerine will kill bacteria lurking between teeth and help to give you fresh breath. All sounds good so far!

      The first problem I had with this product was opening the screw top! It is really tricky to do. However once the top had been removed I was hit with the strong and rather unpleasant smell of the antiseptic liquid! It is recommended that you use 20ml of Listerine and swirl it around your mouth for 30 seconds before spitting it out. The taste of this mouthwash is extremely strong and I really struggled to keep it in my mouth for a few seconds. It actually caused an unpleasant burning sensation.

      Once I had recovered, my mouth did feel clean and fresh. It is recommended that you use this mouthwash twice a day. However once was more than enough for me! Listerine mouthwash is also available in a milder coolmint version and this would have been a better buy as far as I am concerned!

      Listerine mouthwash is widely available and will cost you £3.30 for a 500ml bottle from Tesco. I will be sticking with my Colgate mouthwash in future!

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        23.11.2011 10:05
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        Listerine Teeth & Gum Defense Freshmint Mouthwash

        Mouthwash is something I have been using for a couple of years now. I mainly used the mouthwash of the brand Listerine. The main reason for using Mouthwash is after I was getting tired of always having some kind of problem with my teeth of the dentist. Using a mouth wash seemed like a good addition with brushing my teeth to help me to get a better dentail hygiene. It works for me because the first time I returned to the dentist after I had used Listerine a few months, I even got compliments from him!

        The Listerine brand has been around for a very long time and was first used in 1895 by dentists and in 1914 was the first mouthwash which was sold in America. The product was designed by Dr. Joseph Lawrence and Jordan Wheat Lambert. For a long time the product was sold not only as a mouthwash but also as a remedy for sore throats and colds but in the seventies it appeared that this was not true and Listerine was forbidden to sell the product as a remedy.

        Listerine Original was the first mouthwash of this brand but these days there are a lot of versions available like this flavoured one Listerine Teeth & Gum Defense Freshmint Mouthwash. The biggest difference is that the Original one is unflavoured but it does have a smell, the smell of alcohol. You can notice it when you use it because it's very strong bitter taste. For some people a bit too strong and even a bit painful. For me I find it pleaseant to use this mouthwash because of the Freshmint it gives you a fresher smell instead of a alcohol smell.

        Listerine recommends to use this product twice a day and after brushing, so in the morning and evening and then for 30 seconds with about 20ml. This is around ¾ of the cap of the bottle.

        I must say that it works for me. My dentist has indeed indicated that I have less plaque and I have less problems with my teeth. They look cleaner and simply are cleaner. The problem I have is that the product contains alcohol which makes your mouth completely dry after around 10 minutes. What is the cause of bad breath? Having a dry mouth. This is easily solved and after using Listerine I rinse my mouth with water and thus my mouth is less dry.

        I am positive about this product but it's important to realize that it has to be used as an addition and that you still must brush our teeth two times a day. I also find it an expensive product compared to other brands but I think it's worth. Especially the Freshmint is a nice smell which makes it more pleasant to use this product.

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        12.11.2011 21:45

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        A brilliant mouthwash doing just what it should!

        I use this mouthwash every day, not only does it give me confidence about having minty fresh breath, I also know that it is cleaning my teeth. After visiting the hygienist and telling her I use listerine, her response was any other mouthwash I would have said no to but listerine is good. I really like the green 'fresh mint' listerine because of it's flavour and how I feel it leaves my breath smelling, I have tried some of the other flavours but have always gone back to this one. On the bottle it says to gargle for 30 seconds, however, I don't think this is possible, after about 10 seconds you are really to get rid of it because of it's strength. I use this product once a day, this type of usage means the bottle lasts over a month. It's more expensive than other brands of mouthwash, but I wouldn't choose any other mouthwash over listerine. I have total confidence in this product and would recommend it to anyone.

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        22.08.2011 12:21
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        I think this one might be too overpowering for some, but I like to feel things working

        Dental hygiene is more important to me in recent years as I had trouble with bleeding gums during pregnancy, and after horrible morning sickness I also ended up breaking a tooth which then needed removing in a horrible extraction that went badly wrong. I ended up with a blistered mouth and most of the roots remaining in my gum, and for a long time after the bit of root was just floating around and randomly popping in and out of the gum and it took months to settle down.

        I have been left with a bit of a phobia about the dentist. I can go for a check up and be ok, but some of my older fillings have needed replacing and I got so worked up the dentist was telling me to relax and breathe.

        So, top and bottom of it, I know I have to take good care where I can, as I can't face having the treatment if things go wrong.

        My first experience with mouthwash was the dentist prescribed me corsodyl to deal with the bleeding gums. This was ok till the bleeding cleared up, but I couldn't use this long term as it was rank. I thought mouthwashes were meant to leave your mouth feeling nice and refreshed.

        So, it makes sense for me to use the teeth and gum defence listerine because of my history with bleeding gums. This is a green colour in appearance. It has a strong mint smell to it when first opening the bottle.

        Using the mouthwash, this is where Listerine stands out from other mouthwashes for me. Some people might see this as a bad thing, but this has a definite strong alcohol sensation and taste with it when you are using it.

        The recommended use is to swirl 20ml around your mouth for 30 seconds. I find that the sensation I get is one of burning, and this is not that pleasant. So much so, I can't hold it in my mouth for the whole 30 seconds. I think it is closer to half of that. My husband does not seem to have the same difficulty as me so maybe I am just a big girly wimp.

        Now, you might be thinking why don't you just buy a milder mouthwash from another brand that is not as alcohol based. Well, I think that for me, that is because this one makes my mouth stay feeling fresh for a lot longer. The burning sensation subsides to leave a very fresh and clean feeling in my mouth. I also have no problems at all with bleeding gums while using this. As bleeding gums can be a link to heart disease, it is important for me to treat it and not leave myself at risk of other illnesses in the future.

        I only use this in the morning as I would not want to do it before bed, and instead just rely on my normal toothpaste and brushing routine. It doesn't stop all plaque build up on my teeth. I do need some assistance from the dentist with a polish when I see them, but overall my teeth are not doing too bad.

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          17.05.2011 16:22

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          Guaranteed Fresh Breath

          I never used mouthwash until my dentist recommended it to help freshen my breath. I though it was an unnecessary expense. I chose Listerine because several of my friends recommended it. It claims to help get rid of plaque and protect your teeth and gums. It has a very strong minty taste and it stings a lot when gargling. Although it stings I enjoy using it because of the benefits. My gums appeared whitish but after using the product they are now a healthy pink. My breath remains fresh all day. I no longer need to check my breath every hour or avoid talking to people due to a fear of bad breath. My friends and family all complimented about the minty smell of my breath. My teeth also look a little whiter since I started using the product. One 500 ml bottle lasts a long time, I buy one bottle every month.The light blue colour also brightens my cabinent and makes it really appear minty. The product is worth every cent spent on it.

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          10.04.2011 21:57
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          Definitely would recommend

          Having grown up with poor oral hygiene, I noticed blood when I used to brush then my dentist told me that I had gum disease and told me I needed to floss and use mouthwash. I chose Listerine as it's always advertised as 'dentist recommended'. I chose the Teeth and gum defence as I thought since I had gum disease this should help.. and boy did it?
          The first time I used this mouthwash my eyes filled up with tears and there was no way that I would be able to rinse for 30 sec. The mouthwash is a green colour ( grassy green) and the bottle is filled to the top which makes me think that I am getting my money's worth. I usually fill up the lid which I find is a good amount to use. It does have a very strong taste to it but it does not taste medicinal/unpleasant so don't be put off. Rinse and spit it out. I have been using this mouthwash for over 7 years and even to this day, my tongue feels like it's burning and my mouth feels super clean and fresh. They have even made different sized bottles but I usually get the 400ml bottle which lasts around a month. I use the mouthwash twice daily alongside brushing and flossing. It really does work, I no longer have gum disease and I've not needed a filling in over 7 years. I'm not just saying it but I put this down to me using Listerine. I have tried other mouthwashes since but Listerine is the only one-particularly the teeth and gum defence, whereby I feel that my mouth is nice and clean. There are always offers in various shops and supermarkets so I make sure that I stock up.

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          29.03.2011 01:05
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          Great mouthwash.

          **Introduction**

          A few weeks ago I was looking for a new mouthwash having run out of my previous aquafresh bottle and decided to pick up a bottle of Listerine which I believe was on offer but I have forgotten the price of the offer. I had previously had a bottle of strong aquafresh which I felt was a little too strong, I had bought Listerine before and decided to buy again when I saw the milder freshmint rather than a stronger minty flavour. So what are the benefits of a good mouthwash other than fresh minty breath and does this mouthwash really do it's job well?. Read on to find my opinion on this particular mouthwash. You can buy one of the bottles for £2.20 at the moment in Boots and they can often be found in various offers. You can also find them in 500ml bottles which are ideal for a household.

          **In Use**

          Use twice a day after brushing your teeth, Just fill up the cap with the mouthwash and Gargle for 30 seconds then spit out, make sure you don't swallow too much as excessive flouride intake can be harmful. Whilst it's swirling around your mouth you can feel it working and it certainly does a good job at Strengthening tooth enamel to help protect against decay, Preventing and reducing plaque which is a major cause of gum disease.
          And it also Kills any bacteria between teeth and most noticeably Freshens your breath. If you use a mouthwash you will want it to be a decent tasting one and this one gives your mouth a nice fresh feel and gets you ready for the day ahead. It also helps to protect your gums which is very important for your teeth as gum disease can lead to tooth loss.

          **Overall**

          I would recommend this mouthwash for anyone who's looking to get a new mouthwash or who feels they should start using a mouthwash. This is one of the best mouthwashes out there and is relatively cheap compared to some others. The Mouthwash works best with a similar minty toothpaste as you wouldn't want a combination of two completely different minty styles. This mouthwash works really well as a do it all product for a healthy mouth and set of teeth. Some people only concentrate on their teeth and not their whole mouth. This works well in both areas. One of the best mouthwashes around.

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            05.02.2011 00:07
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            The best mouthwash on the market

            I don't know why, but even after brushing my teeth my mouth never feels clean till i have had a good gargle with some mouthwash. After trying many different brands, eventually i came across Listerine and it has been a staple item in my bathroom cabinet ever since.

            Some may say its pricey, but a little goes a long way and you really do get a lot of it in the bottle. I paid £5 for two bottles from Asda when i last stocked up, i find its best to buy it during the promotions. Basically, like any other mouth wash you gargle a cap full all around your mouth and at the back of your throat. The taste at first can be very over powering, so you may find you cant keep it in your mouth for long- after a while you become used to it though and it doesn't phase you. I love the tingly fresh feeling it gives me, i can literally feel it working its way all around my mouth and for a while after my mouth still tastes really fresh. I also found that before using it my gums used to bleed- a sign of gum disease, after using listering for a couple of weeks this stopped completely!


            Now the reason i love Listerine the most is for its antiseptic qualities. Whenever i feel a sore throat coming on, i gargle Listerine throughout the day- it really takes the edge off the pain and nips the infection in the bud. Better then any cough medicine i have ever used and tastes nicer too!

            I'm forever recommending Listerine to my friends, they too cant believe how great it is for curing a sore throat- definitely a hidden gem!

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            27.10.2010 15:42
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            A great mouthwash, just a shame it stings when you use it!

            As someone who likes to take care of their teeth, a decent mouthwash forms an essential part of my daily routine, after brushing. I usually go for the dentyl brand of mouthwashes, however after my last visit to the dentist I wondered if it was actually as effective as I thought it was. I decided to try the Listerine variety, and picked up the minty green coloured version, also known as Freshment. A 250ml bottle will set you back around £2.15 from boots, although it's also available in a 500ml variety as well as other flavours besides Freshmint.

            The bottle is small, and simple - certainly not as bulky as my previous mouthwash which couldn't really be transported because of it's awkward shape. The bottle has a child safety lid, with instructions printed on the top of how to open it. Being someone who isn't very good with fidgety lids, it was thankfully easily to open.

            The Claims:

            "Used twice daily, teeth & gum defence Listerine with added fluoride provides continuing protection for healthier teeth and gums. Teeth & gum defence is clinically proven to:

            *Strengthen tooth enamel to help protect against decay
            *Prevent & reduce plaque, a major cause of gum disease
            *Kill bacteria between teeth
            *Freshen breath

            I used a small cup full of the mouthwash after brushing. It advises to pour 4x5ml teaspoons worth into a glass, and not to swig from the bottle.

            What I hadn't taken into consideration, is this mouthwash contains alcohol so therefore beware... it stings!! I can't quite last the 30 second recommendation as my gums feel like they are on fire! As for the above claims... does this mouthwash really live up to expectations?

            On the whole I am impressed with the results this mouthwash gives. Unlike other mouthwashes, it doesn't try to show off by showing the results in the sink (who really wants to see that anyway?!), and I feel it works better than my previous mouthwash. My mouth is left feeling very fresh and clean, and the freshmint smell lasts for quite a while too.

            It claims to reduce plaque by 56% more than brushing alone, and I'm not quite sure how they come up with this, however I would say you can certainly feel it working. As for strengthening teeth, again this is something only a dentist can really determine, however I'm fairly confident it's better than using no mouthwash at all.

            It should be advised this mouthwash is not suitable for those under 12, so would not be ideal for children, and it also advises to consult your dentist if you currently use fluoride supplements.

            Overall, I am certainly pleased with the results of this mouthwash. Although some of the claims can only really be determined by a dentist, I do feel better for using this mouthwash as opposed to not using a mouthwash at all. The product leaves my mouth feeling very fresh and has become an essential part of my routine. The only downside is the fact it stings quite a bit, so if you prefer alcohol free mouthwashes, this mouthwash might not be for you.

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              26.10.2010 21:59
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              A great mouthwash that you can really feel working

              This product really is well represented by the TV advert... it's like having your mouth blasted! After using other mouthwash's for years, the first time I used this I couldn't believe how strong it was. In honesty, I wasn't all that keen the first time I used it as it was almost a struggle to keep it in my mouth for 30 seconds! It only took me a couple of uses to adjust to the strength though, and now there would be no going back. It leaves my mouth feeling totally refreshed, my breath really minty and fresh and my teeth blasted clean. I can imagine that this really makes a difference to all the little bits of teeth that brushing just doesn't quite reach. Although this Listerine can be a little more expensive than other mouthwash's, I really think it is worth the extra as I don't think other mouthwash's do anywhere near as much good. I also think Listerine lasts longer as you don't feel the need to swish as much around your mouth.

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              21.10.2010 18:44
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              A good mouthwash, definately one of the best I've tried.

              I'm not a fan of mouthwash, I always find they're far too minty and make me feel really sick but I decided to try it out the other day and was a little suprised.

              I payed about £2 for the bottle. It comes in a plastic clear bottle with a black lid which is easy to remove just squeeze the sides and twist. The mouthwash itself is a bright green colour which always amazes me that it's so bright. . .

              Anyway I found that it was quite strong but not as strong as some of the others I've tried in the bath.

              It claims to clear plaque and keep it at bay and I found after using the mouthwash that my teeth, gums and the rest of my mouth felt totally clean and fresh and it stayed like that even after I'd had my first meal since using the product.

              I think sometimes the price can be a little over the top at £4 a bottle but when you can get it on offer I'd definately say it was worth it.

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              18.08.2010 21:31
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              A mouthwash worth giving a go

              Listerine Freshmint:


              I found this mouthwash lying around the house a while ago, and decided to give it a go. It claims to strengthen teeth against decay, and kill bacteria that cause bad breath, amongst other things...so far it sounds like a decent product.


              The liquid is green in colour, and smells strongly of mint, with a tinge of sweetness to it. To measure the amount you need to use simply pour it into the lid of its container until almost full and then pour the contents of the lid into your mouth. I've found that the mint is extremely strong, and can sting a lot to the point where it is unbearable, so you might want to build it up in stages take half a lid of mouthwash to begin with. If you've ever seen the adverts of Listerine mouthwash where the guy looks as though his mouth has exploded...that is pretty much how it feels. But the intense sting tends to wake you up, so it's really good to use in the mornings. I tend to swirl it in my mouth for at least 30 seconds, but mostly until the intense sting fades, which is usually between 25 to 40 seconds. Doing it this way makes me feel like I've washed my mouth thoroughly and the minty fresh breath tends to last a little longer. After it has been spat out, you may experience some numbness inside the upper jaw and tongue, I quite enjoy this feeling.


              So, how well does it work? The strong minty fresh breath usually lasts a couple of hours...so long as you don't eat anything during this time...after which the mintyness fades, but you can at moments feel a tinge of minty sweetness, even after you've eaten, right through the day. I also find it useful if I'm in a bit of hurry to go out and can't be bothered to brush my teeth, but the fresh breath in this instance does not last as long as when used directly after brushing the teeth. I was really hoping that this would be a solution to morning breath issues...but so far no luck...maybe a few weeks longer?! It is recommended to be used twice daily after brushing teeth, I tend to use it at least once, as on occasion I forget the second time or I'm too sleepy and just want to get to bed. My breath during the day definitely feels a lot fresher than before I started using this. As for strengthening teeth against decay...well I'll let you know after my next visit to the dentist!


              I'd recommend this mouthwash, it may not work for everyone or some may find it too strong, but it's worth a go. It comes in bottles of 250 ml, which if you are strict with your mouthwash regime and never miss a go, should last a few weeks. It is currently on 2 for £3 in Asda. You may also find them in smaller bottles, ideal to carry around in your handbag for a quick rinse when you're out and about...or simply to test out, though the smaller bottles are not available everywhere.

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