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      28.06.2013 07:59
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      Fantastic pain relieve in a bottle!

      I haven't suffered from any form of toothache for quite sometime now. But trust my mouth to decide to fight against me when Im due to have the busiest couple of weeks of the summer so far! Started off as an annoying background pain, then it became more intense. It didn't feel like pain in a tooth, but more the gum and it felt swollen. Worst still it was right at the back. It began to affect my jaw, and when opening and closing it really started to hurt and be very uncomfortable. Paracetamol wasn't doing the job so I opted for this product costing £2.50 for a 200ml bottle from my local Asda store.



      Why did I buy this?

      I have used another brand of mouthwash before when I was having some issues with my teeth/gums, but it was £1.00 dearer than this product, and although I used this alternative one in the past I feel that the aftertaste was too strong and lingered too long despite doing the job. So I wanted to try this particular mouthwash to see if it would be just as effective but more subtle in taste.



      How is it packaged?

      It comes in a 200ml glass clear bottle. Screw top lid. On the front the ' Oraldene ' logo is at the top. Beneath that it tells you what the product can do. On the side it gives you an ingredients list and on the opposite side directions of use.

      The bottle came in a cardboard box which had a lot more detailed information on it: what its for, who its suitable for and not, dosage amounts and directions. The box carries the same colouring as the label on the bottle-mostly silver.



      Ingredients

      The Active Ingredient is: Hexetidine 0.1 g/100 ml Other Ingredients are: Polysorbate 60, Citric Acid, Saccharin Sodium, Peppermint Flavour, Star Anise Oil, Methyl Salicylate Levomenthol, Clove Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Ethanol 96%, Azorubin (E122) and Purified Water



      How do you use it

      Children and adults over the age of 6 years-Rinse mouth or gargle with at least 15ml of solution 2 to 3 times a day. Do not swallow. Do not dilute. Not suitable for children under the age of 6.



      What is it supposed to do?

      Its an antibacterial and anti fungal mouthwash that helps to treat throat and mouth infections, mouth ulcers, thrush, sore/bleeding gums, bad breath or sore throat. It can be used before and after dental surgery to help prevent infections.



      How do I find it

      Firstly, I have no idea how much 15ml is in size ( apparently it's a teaspoon ), so I simply use the cap and fill it to the top and use from that point. The product is liquid and a dark pink/verging on the red side in colour. It smells minty, typical of a mouthwash, but there is also a scent mixed up in there that is quite medicinal in fragrance. Not overpowering or too strong, but noticeable.

      Taste wise? It tastes exactly how it smells. I would say though the medicinal element is stronger in taste than the mint. I don't find it hard to use in regards to taste, but its obvious this is no ordinary mouthwash as it tastes part mouthwash part medicine. After use, you do feel as if the mouth and tongue still has the taste of the mouthwash on it for awhile so there is an aftertaste, but I find the more you use it the less its apparent. More importantly, its not so strong that you feel you cant eat or drink afterwards and its not off putting.

      In regards to my painful area in my gum, this product has worked very well. It took only afew days, but over that time period the pain decreased, my gum became less swollen and my mouth overall felt much more normal. The discomfort now has gone and everything is exactly how it should be. I personally think it would have sorted itself out on its own but would have taken along time. And this would have meant a lot of suffering for me, which is definitely no fun.


      Would I buy this again? Yes I would. It has done exactly what its supposed to do which is relieving my sore gums. Its done it easily, fast and without the aid of having to take painkillers. Price wise I think its very fair, and I think this is an ideal product to keep in the bathroom as a ' just in case ' product, as it can help with so many different issues within the mouth. Im not sure whether I would use this all the time, but would definitely use if I felt I was suffering from some of the problems this product can combat.

      Great buy that's readily available and works.

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      18.09.2012 12:34
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      A great solution for sore throats

      I first discovered this product a few years ago when i was suffering from such a bad sore throat it felt like my throat was being scraped with razorblades. I went to the Doctor for some help and he recommended this for me. I was a bit surprised when I got to the chemist and saw my Doctor had recommended a mouth wash to cure a bad throat but I have to say this really does work and work extremely quickly.

      The product

      Oraldene is a mouthwash containing an antibacterial and antifungal called hexetidine, which offers medicated relief for mouth and throat infections including mouth ulcers, thrush, sore or bleeding gums, bad breath or sore throat. It is available to purchase over the counter and is suitable for most people over the age of 6 although, as you might expect, those who are pregnant or breast feeding should seek advice from their doctor/pharmacist before use.

      It comes in a 200ml clear glass screw-top bottle within a silver cardboard box and the instructions for use are printed on the bottle label and on the box itself. The liquid itself is a rather bright red colour and is of a very watery texture. It smells (and tastes) a lot like the rinse that you get at the dentist's.

      Using the product

      To use this product you need to either rinse your mouth or gargle with 15ml of the solution a couple of times a day. You should not dilute it prior to use, nor should you swallow it - if you do accidentally swallow the recommended action if straight to the nearest A&E! Although the solution is quite strong when you are rinsing and gargling it doesn't really leave a taste in your mouth after having used it but rather a numbing feeling in your throat (which is a great thing to overpower those razorblades!!!)

      Negatives

      As with everything there are a couple of issues with this product which I can conceive some people may view to be negatives. Firstly, the lid is only a screw-top and not child proof which perhaps it should be. Secondly, some people may find that this product is very strong - personally I don't have an issue with it but I know that some people do find it a bit overwhelming.

      Price

      This product is currently available over the counter from Boots for £2.70, and I presume from most pharmacies for a similar price.

      Conclusion

      Personally I keep a bottle of this in the cupboard and whenever I get a sore throat it is the first thing I turn to and usually sorts me out within a couple of days and no need to visit the doctor. I highly recommend this product as it has never let me down although I must stress I have only used it for a sore throat as I have been lucky enough never to suffer from any of the other conditions. Therefore I couldnt comment on its effectiveness with those.

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        04.09.2012 07:04
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        Kills bacteria helps prevent and treat gum problems also good for sore throats

        After being left in pain due to tearing my gum with a stray piece of chicken bone I was concerned
        that my the cut in gum had become infected as the pain kept getting worse and my gum was badly
        swollen. After a visit to the dentist I was given antibiotics but I was worried that I could not brush
        the area without pain or bleeding and not convinced my usual mouthwash was helping either.
        Although I intended buying Corsodyl from the chemist Oraldene was a lot cheaper at £2.70
        compared to Corsodyl at £4.20 so after asking advice from the chemist I decided to try the Oraldene.

        Oraldene is available on prescription or can be bought over the counter and contains hexitidine which
        is an antiseptic which kills bacteria and fungi in your mouth. Oraldene can be used to gargle with to
        treat throat infections or can be used as a mouthwash which is suitable for treating minor mouth infections, oral thrush, prevention and treatment of gum disease, mouth ulcers, bad breath and is
        suitable for oral hygiene before or after dental surgery.

        Oraldene comes packaged in a grey box containing a 200ml bottle of bright red liquid. I was slightly
        surprised to find the bottle looks scarily like a kids juice bottle and reminds me of the little bottles
        of red kola or cherryade we used to get in our packed lunch boxes as kids. Given the fact there's
        no child safety cap just a metal screw on lid on something that looks like a bottle of bright red fizzy
        pop I would advise keeping this one well out of the reach of toddlers although the taste would
        probably have them spitting it out rather than drinking it anyway!

        The taste of this is difficult to describe it's very clinical and aniseed dipped in detergent springs to
        mind every time I use it! My mouth does feel really clean after using Oraldene and my gum seems
        to be healing without any more problems with infection or swelling so although this might not be
        the best tasting mouthwash I've used I'll put up with the taste if it does the job. The recommended
        dose is 15ml 2-3 times per day sadly there's no cap or measure included for you to use for measuring
        or drinking from so you're left to use guesswork and a table spoon and obviously you aren't supposed
        to swallow this just rinse or gargle with it and spit it out.

        My boyfriend had a cold and a sore throat recently and he found that this helped calm the symptoms better than the cough medicine he had been using. Although he was happy that Oraldene cleared
        the throat infection he said gargling with this was revolting and it reminded him of his mum washing
        his mouth out with soap for swearing at his brother when they were kids so I'm obviously not alone
        in disliking the taste.

        Possible side effects of Oraldene are irritation of the mouth or tongue such as soreness, burning sensation or itching, alteration in taste or temporary numbness of the mouth. Neither of us had
        any major side effects using Oraldene although I do feel it numbed my mouth slightly for a short
        period of time due to the pain from my gum this was quite a welcome side effect for me personally.

        Oraldene isn't suitable for children under the age of 6 and although the medicine is not known to
        cause any problems with pregnant or breastfeeding mothers it's maybe best to check with your
        doctor or chemist before using this. Likewise you should check if you are taking any other
        medications that could react with this or are allergic to any of the ingredients which include
        azorubin (E122) which may cause an allergic reaction especially in people who are allergic to
        asprin.

        I would happily recommend Oraldene for anyone suffering from mouth problems or a sore throat
        it might not taste very great but it definitely helps and at £2.50- £3.50 for a 200ml bottle it won't
        break the bank!

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          05.07.2012 16:04
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          A good mouthwash for ulcers and infections in the mouth.

          I've been suffering the past couple of weeks with really painful gum inflammation around my right wisdom tooth. I don't get many dental problems, usually jusy the occasional ulcer but this was really bad. I'm a bit of a wimp so avoided the dentist for two weeks and put up with the pain but when the swelling got worse I relented and finally went in.

          I was expecting her to pull out the wisdom tooth which I was dreading but to my relief she prescribed some antibiotics and a bottle of this mouthwash. I haven't tried this brand before, when I've had bad ulcers in the past I usually use corsodyl as it is fantastic. When I opened this at the chemist, I laughed with my daughter commenting on how the bottle is very similar in shape and size to the corsodyl. I said it's probably a cheaper version that they prescribe.

          One of the first things I noticed about the bottle was the lack of child proof lid. It is just a screw top bottle which I didn't think was a good idea on an antiseptic mouthwash given that I have a young grandson. It just means that I have to make sure it's always out the way just incase.

          I got it free on prescription but you can get it for about £3 for a 200ml bottle which isn't bad at all.

          This mouthwash is meant to be much better than your standard mouthwashes as, similarly to corsodyl, it contains an antiseptic which kills bacteria in your mouth promoting healthy gums and teeth and getting rid of ulcers and infections. I must admit it tastes pretty awful, I don't really know how to explain the taste. It's just sterile tasting? You know when you've got something like washing up liquid in your mouth by accident and you can taste it. It is somewhat similar to that. It says on the bottle to take around 10ml and gargle it for a minute. I don't bother to measure it and just take a gulp out the bottle as I'm the only one using it anyway. I swill it round my mouth and gargle and then have to have a sip of water after to get rid of the bitter taste.

          After use, my mouth feels so clean and fresh, especially after brushing my teeth as well. I've been using the mouthwash whenever I'm upstairs or in the bathroom because I really wanted rid of the infection. I must admit I've forgotten to take most of the antibiotics but the mouthwash alone has really helped and after two days the swelling has gone and the pain has stopped. I'm still using the mouthwash though, althuogh I don't like the taste, it leaves my mouth feeling really fresh.

          The only downside I would say is taste. The mouthwash tastes pretty vile and afterwards, my food tastes really bland. I had a sandwich yesterday about half an hour after using the mouthwash and I could barely taste it but I've been told this can be a side effect. I'll carry on using it until it's finished and then won't buy anymore. I think I'll only bother if the infection comes back or I get an ulcer because it works fantastically for that purpose.

          Overall, this is a good antiseptic mouthwash. It cleared up my infection lovely and it isn't very expensive to buy. I've seen it in places like Asda and Boots so it's easily available and it does what it says on the bottle. Just don't expect to like the taste!

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          05.07.2012 12:06
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          A medicated mouthwash for mouth pre and post operative care.

          Recently I have had to have some surgery on my jaw and to remove some teeth too. This meant that I was at risk of infection and needed to take care of my mouth. I have been using salt water rinses and then following up with Oraldene after brushing my teeth just to ensure that I cover all bases and keep my mouth as free of germs and infection as possible.

          Oraldene is widely available and I picked mine up for just £2.50 in Sainsburys. This was the standard price and seemed reasonable enough when I was looking at medicate mouthwashes. I wasn't worried about price but rather was looking for a brand name that I had heard good things about before and Oraldene fit the bill.

          Oraldene is an antiseptic mouthwash that is ideal for the treatment of minor infections including fungal and bacterial ones. This mouthwash is useful for treating thrush, mouth ulcers, gingivitis, sore throats, halitosis, gum inflammation, swelling and both before and after dental surgery. This is basically the majority of problems that can or might occur within your mouth so for £2.50 this covers a wide range of illnesses or afflictions.

          This medicated mouthwash comes provided in a cardboard box and within the box is the glass bottle of mouthwash. There is a screw on lid that is not child proof but was quite difficult for me to open so I had to ask my husband to help. This is a liquid, as I expected, and is a watery red colour, almost pink in appearance. It is very watery and smells strong which is a little bit off putting, however, nothing much that is good for my mouth even smells or tastes good so I have become used to this in recent months.

          This mouthwash can be used by anyone over the age of 6 years old but must be avoided if you have a sensitivity to Hexetidine. This is the active ingredients within this mouthwash and is what helps this mouthwash keep your mouth clean and germ free.

          As it is suggested that 15mls of this should be taken as the dosage I use a tablespoon to put this in to my mouth (to ensure I don't go over the top), gently swish it around my mouth, gargle with it for about 30 seconds, or as long as I can manage, and then spit this back in to the sink. I then gently rinse my mouth with water to remove any excess liquid and in all it takes just a few minutes to use this mouthwash. I have been using this mouthwash three times a day and have found that it has worked very well, with a combination of salt rinses and generally good oral health, at keeping my mouth infection free.

          I don't normally suffer with problems in my mouth but since finding out I needed some work done I have had constant pain and since my operation it has been excruciating. I have found that this mouthwash is quite easy to use and there is not a harsh sting that I found with other mouthwashes before I even had my operation. The price of this mouthwash is very reasonable too and I have enough to last for 7 full days, even with 3 times daily usage, so that makes each bottle great value. £2.50 per week to keep great oral health while at risk of an infection seems reasonable to me.

          Each time I have used Oraldene I have noticed within an hour or so that my pain has decreased greatly. When suffering as much as I have been recently this is fantastic and is what is making me give this mouthwash 5/5!

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            13.09.2011 14:23
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            A useful aid to oral hygiene and treatment of painful mouth ulcers plus infections.

            Oraldene.

            Oraldene is an antiseptic mouth wash which can be used for all kinds of minor oral infections including both fungal and bacterial infection. The most common problems it will treat includes thrush, mouth ulcers, gum inflammation, gingivitis, sore throats, reduces halitosis ( Bad Breath) and can be used pre and post dental surgery.

            So what does it look like?

            Oraldene is a red liquid which is quite watery in consistency and looks just like a mouth wash. It is quite strong smelling and contains the active ingredient Hexetidine at 0.1% which is a broad spectrum antimicrobial solution.

            Who is it suitable for?

            It is suitable for children over the age of 6 and adults and should not be used if you are sensitive to Hexetidine.
            Normal dose is 15 mls which should be used undiluted to wash around the mouth or to gargle with in the case of sore throats two or three times a day. It should not be swallowed and should be spat out after rinsing. Interestingly it has been shown to adhere to the mucous membranes of the mouth for up to 8-10 hours thereby continually working to annihilate bacteria or fungi.

            Ingredients.

            Polysorbate 60. Citric acid. Saccharin Sodium. Peppermint flavouring. Star anise oil. Methyl Salicylate. Levomenthol. Clove oil. Eucalyptus oil. Ethanol 96%. Asorubin 85% (E122). Purified water.

            Why did I use it?

            On occasions when I become run down I usually get a couple of mouth ulcers whilst not necessarily life threatening they can be jolly well uncomfortable.The mouth ulcers are usually small but you can almost guarantee that when you are eating something or talking when your teeth come together they catch one of the ulcers which is quite painful.

            I usually find I get the odd mouth ulcer when I am very tired and have been over doing things and I am in need of a holiday and a rest from work however it is not possible to take time off each time you are run down so I have found that this is the best for a rapid response. Not only is it a very effective treatment but within a couple of hours you can actually feel the relief from the discomfort.

            How I use it!

            I usually clean my teeth and then scratch my tongue to ensure that my mouth is clean and ready to receive the Oraldene. I take a mouthful of the Oraldene and swish it around my mouth for a few minutes ensuring that I do not swallow any. I then spit it out down the sink then rinse my mouth out with water. I repeat this several times a day until the discomfort has subsided and before you know it the mouth ulcers have disappeared leaving me a happy bunny once again.

            Possible side effects.

            Mild irritation to the tongue or inside of the mouth.
            The colouring used in Oraldene may cause allergic reactions including asthma. People who are allergic to aspirin are most at risk.

            Please remember that when medications mention possible side effects these side effects are those that have been reported and are not necessarily associated with the drug involved it is just that they have occurred and may or may not be linked to it.

            Where to buy Oraldene!

            Oraldene is available in most supermarkets and all chemists.
            I paid £2.48 recently for 200ml bottle from Asda.

            Oraldene is made by :-
            McNeil Products LTD.
            Foundation Park
            Roxborough Way.
            Maidenhead.
            Berks.
            SL6 3UG.

            Final word.

            My advice is to treat your mouth with care and if you want a rapid response to alleviate the pain or discomfort then this could be just for you. However with persistent problems you should seek medical or dental advice. Recurring gum infections or gum disease can lead to cardiac problems so it is advisable if you suffer from these then it is best to be seen by your dental practitioner.

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              12.09.2011 21:10
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              decent product

              Oraldene is licenced for sale by McNeil products.

              ~Oraldene~

              Oraldene is a medicated mouthwash which contains Hexetidine (0.1g per 100ml) as its active ingredient. This mouthwash is suitable for children and adults over the age of 6 but advice should be sought if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

              Oraldene claims to offer relief from mouth and throat infections. Oraldene is an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal mouthwash. Specific infections that Oraldene can relieve, are listed below :

              *mouth ulcers, thrush and bleeding/sore gums (gingivitis)
              *bad breath (halitosis)
              *throat infections
              *before and after dental procedures to prevent infection

              ~Packaging~

              The cardboard box is silver with a red and blue arrow design present on the front. There is various pieces of product information present on the box and no leaflet inside. Inside the box, there is a clear, round glass bottle with a screw (not child prove) cap. The bottle also offers a silver information label.

              ~Instructions For Use~

              This mouthwash is of course, for oral use only and should never be swallowed or diluted. It can be used 2-3 times per day. Those over the age of 6 should gargle or rinse the mouth with 15ml (approx 1tbspoon) of the mouthwash before spitting out.

              ~Price~

              Oraldene is presented in a 200ml sized bottle and is available over the counter in supermarkets and chemists. It is priced around £2.99.

              ~My Thoughts~

              Many of you will be aware that I suffer badly with dental pain and mouth infections. A combination of pregnancy (3yrs ago) and my fear of dentists (well the injections really) has led to my mouth being in a bad state. Having had a tooth removed and a root treatment done at emergency dentists in the past month, I hoped I would be out of pain. Life is never easy though and for the past week or so, I have suffered badly with inflammed gums and soreness. This has led to one grumpy angel as I barely slept for days. I am now in the process of sorting out a regular dentist but in the mean time, I needed something for the pain,

              Visiting my local Boots store a few days ago, I explained my gum issues and the chemist lady had a look. It was quite clear I had an infection and not being able to get to a dentist for antibiotics, she recommended I use a medicated mouthwash. Being on a low income, she prescribed me a bottle and I rushed home to try it. To be honest, I presumed she had given me Corsydol as I had never heard of Oraldene so that came as a surprise. For the past 3days now, I have been using this and am quite happy with the results.

              ~Ewwww...~

              I started taking this as soon as I got home after having a look at the instructions. It could be used by made people really as there isn't many restrictions. The mouthwash itself is a transparent red colour and very watery in appearance. It can be clearly seen through the bottle and I have no issues with removing the cap. It really should be a child proof cap in my opinion though I keep medicinal type products away from my son anyway.

              The scent from the mouthwash will be familiar to most people. It is very much like the pink liquid that sits at the side of the dentist chair. Strong, sweet and minty and very clinical. Not very pleasant but not too bad. That is until it is in your mouth! The first day I tried this, I'm surprised I wasn't immediately put of using it. I first tried measuring some onto a spoon which proved messy as it isn't a thick liquid like medicine is. In the end I judged the right amount and took it from the bottle as I knew I would be the only one in my home using it.

              First the mouthwash feels a little cool in my mouth but as soon as I started to swish it around, the sting was unbearable. I thought Corsydol was strong but this is extra strong and nips like a bugger! Whilst there is no guidelines on how long I should keep this in my mouth, I decided 20-30seconds was sufficient and really, I don't think I could have handled much longer! Spitting the liquid out, my mouth felt a little weird. I could tell I hadn't used a mouth wash that was designed to remove plaque etc. The clinical taste present and also the aftertaste confirmed I was using a highly medicinal product meant to kill the nasties in my mouth. My mouth felt a tiny bit numb but not uncomfortably so.

              For the first 2 days, I used this 3 times a day and found although it didn't offer me pain relief, it did start to relieve the redness and therefore reduce the soreness associated with my mouth infection. I took ibruprofen regularly to help with the pain. Each time I used this, the taste was the same and the initial sting was still present though the continual sting wasn't as harsh with each use.

              Today is the 3rd I have used this mouthwash and I am happy with the way it has performed. My gums aren't as inflammed and sore and I don't need to take ibruprofen throughout the day..just before bed to ensure pain doesn't disturb my sleep anymore. Oraldene effectively kills the bacteria in my mouth from what I can tell and hasn't disturbed my recent dental wounds. I do find the clinical taste lingers a little so not ideal if you want to eat something shortly after using this but I suppose, you wouldn't do that with a regular mouthwash either.

              ~Conclusion~

              I do feel Oraldene is stronger than Corsydol and more effective. It is a good, short term option to offer some relief from infections until you can get to a dentist and over the course of 3 days, I have only used half the bottle so I have some spare should I need it to heal wounds when I go to the dentist next week. Whilst it does take a few days to soothe the area, it does it well even if it isn't pleasant to take!

              Whilst I have mainly used this for my mouth infection, I recently acquired a sore throat from my son (who has just started nursery and catching stuff already). Gargling this as a mouthwash, has provided mild relief from my sore throat though I do feel this is short term and I would prefer a proper linctus or cough syrup for localised relief.

              £2.99 is a decent price for an effective product and I recommend it.

              Thanks for reading :)

              Initially wrote on ciao - the pain eased up but I'm back to being in pain so the Oraldene is back out again!

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                23.08.2011 22:05
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                A good product for a reasonable price!

                I suffer really badly from mouth ulcers, I normally use something I can apply directly but sometimes I get them in awkward places like by my throat and I can't apply the usual things like Bonjela etc. I normally use Cordysyl but they didn't have any in Tesco so I picked up Oraldene. It cost me £2.91 for a 200ml bottle. You can get it in original and also a cool mint variety.

                Oraldene comes in a glass bottle with a child proof cap, there is also a little measuring cap for you to pour the mouthwash into. Oraldene contains hexetidine which is an antiseptic it kills not only bacteria but also fungi, it can be used for bad breath, mouth ulcers, mouth infections, oral thrush and sore throats. It works by killing bacteria that makes mouth conditions worse, so it is especially good for recurring ulcers.

                To use the mouthwash you simply pour 10ml into a cap and rinse around your mouth for around a minute. You use it twice a day. The liquid is a pink colour and smells medicated. I find the taste rather bland, it is slightly medicinal but not unpleasant. After using this my mouth ulcers which normally sting after eating or drinking felt relieved and it provided moderate relief. I did find that they cleared up quicker than they would if I didn't use the mouthwash.

                There are side effects to the mouthwash, it can alter your taste and it can cause numbness of the tongue. I have experienced the distorted taste which wasn't too bad but certain things like orange juice did taste really odd.

                I would definately buy this again as it does help the healing process although it doesn't provide total relief.

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                20.01.2011 19:36
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                A great medicine cabinet must

                I first started using oraldene when I had major problems with my wisdom teeth many years ago.


                What it is
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                Oraldene is a medicated mouthwash containing Hexetidine which is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal it works by fighting infections particularly of the mouth.

                It is produced by McNeil a division of Johnson and Johnson.

                The original flavour is pink in colour and comes in a bottle with a little cup for tipping a specified amount into, the other flavours are blue and green. The original is the one I use and will be reviewing.


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                I usually purchase this for around about £3 to £4.


                Use
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                I tend to use Oraldene these days when I have a sore throat, the moment it starts I start using Oraldene as a gargle, it's brilliant I cannot stress enough how good it is, when my throat feels like it's going to be really bad I've used Oraldene three times a day and within a day or two the sore throat is going away - magic!

                Oraldene can also be used as a mouthwash and as I said at the beginning I used it for infections when I had wisdom tooth trouble. It's great just swill it round your mouth and spit out.

                Always remember to spit oraldene out no matter what way you are using it - it mustn't be swallowed.

                Personally I would not recommend it being used daily as it's medicated and I read that it stains teeth. It really is great just for stoping infections.


                Taste
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                It's quite a strong taste, I don't know how to describe it, if it's kept in the mouth too long it does begin to sting but it shouldn't be there that long and if it's working it's worth it.


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                This is an excellent mouthwash and sore throat buster! I always have some in the house so that if ever a sore throat looms it's hit on the head. We have even found this in French supermarkets on holiday the bottle is the same colour and logo we assumed it was the same thing as we weren't good at reading French and it was!

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                  19.11.2010 15:45
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                  Brilliant product

                  Last week I noticed my gums on one side of my mouth were getting very sore. A few days later a small lump appeared which I think was probably a boil. This of course appeared on Saturday when the dentists was closed. I didnt actually want to go to the dentists as a) I dont like it and b) He more often than not tells me to go away and see how it goes!

                  Therefore I started whinging to friends about how sore my mouth was and one suggested I tried Oraldene. I had heard the name before but couldnt quite place it so after asking her more about it I realised it was the pink mouthwash dentists always have!

                  I didnt fancy going all the way into town to get some so I looked in our local Tescos where I found a bottle for £2.10. Great I thought - If it worked it would be a lot cheaper than a trip to the dentists!

                  After carefully reading the instructions on the box I started to use the mouthwash. It advises using it 2-3 times a day, gargling it round your mouth ensuring you do not swallow any. If you experience any side effects (shown on the box) you must stop using it immediately.

                  I decided to use it twice a day which would be simple enough as I could use it when brushing my teeth morning and night.

                  I found the mouthwash had a funny taste to it, it wasnt minty but it did have a fresh flavour. It wasnt the nicest tasting stuff but it wasnt terrible either so I was quite happy using it.

                  The main concern I had using this was that it coats your tongue meaning you can still taste it hours afterwards despite eating and drinking! However, I soon got used to this and hardly noticed it after a couple of days.

                  I used the mouthwash a total of 9 times (twice a day for 4 days and then just once on the last day) and my lump/boil has almost gone. It started going down on the forth day and as I am lazy I gave up soon after that!

                  I'm really impressed with this mouthwash and wouldnt hesitate to recommend it to others with mouth infections such as my boil or ulcers etc. Its a cheap, affordable price and it is much cheaper, quicker, easier and more pleasant than going to the dentists!

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                  01.08.2009 09:57
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                  I trsut oraldene more than other mouthwashes as it is more medicinal

                  Oraldene is a product you can buy in most chemists, Supermarkets and places like Boots and Superdrug and even Wilkinsons. It is easy to find and is on general sale - so it isn't something you have to queue up to ask for from behind the counter or see a Dentist to buy.

                  Prices vary from £2.39 for a full size 200ml bottle in Wilkinsons and Supermarkets to around £4 plus if you try to buy it as a Buy It Now item on Ebay (plus postage...).You can also buy a 100ml version if you just want to try it out. Always read the label as it does come with warnings as with any medicine.

                  I suffer from Bleeding gums and often wake up with an unpleasant taste in my mouth with my teeth feeling like they are covered in a layer of fuzz. I use oraldene as I know it is both antiseptic and antibacterial and after around three days of using it three times a day (as it states on the bottle) I have noticed a reduction in my bleeding gums and it puts my mind at rest that as I can't afford to see a Dentist right now, my teeth aren't all going to fall out over night (for those prone to paranoia)!

                  The side effects are it can leave you with a slightly numb feeling tongue or a slight tingling sensation. I get this more with the original variety (the red coloured one) and I found if I switch to the IceMint (blue) version this is reduced. As a result if your tongue does go numb, your taste buds may be effected in the short term. This is not a permanent thing.

                  Oraldene is less "minty" than products like Listerine (which gave myself and my partner stomach pains after we used to use it then would have a drink of water through night... obviously resulting in us ingesting some Listerine and getting stomach pains). I also trust Oraldene more as a medicinal product as it is for the treatment of Gingivitis (can lead to gum disease) and is also very good for sore throats. I like the antibacterial and also antifungal actions it has. So it isnt just there to fill you full of minty freshness, it actually scientifically kills some germs.

                  My partner has previously been diagnosed with Gum Disease and his dentist told him to use "use lots and lots of Oraldene", and I have read a lot of reviews where people say their dentist has recommended it to them.

                  For this reason, I would rather buy Oraldene than something like Listerine or a toothpaste manufacturer's anti bad breath mouth wash. If you consider it to be a medical product and you do shop around and go to cheaper places it is economical and a small price to pay for piece of mind.

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                  15.01.2009 19:08
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                  always good to have in the cabinet

                  Oraldene mouthwash

                  I don't usually suffer from mouth ulcers but did over the christmas break due to a vurus, not only suffered from a very large one that really hurts, but now have a sore throat to keep it company.

                  After using Bonjela for a few days, constantly brushing my mouth and using my usually mouth wash the redness and pain was still the same. Every movement in my mouth hurt from swallowing and eating to talking, which in my job is not good. The family were finding it funny - ha ha!

                  Anyone who suffers from ulcers know that they dry your mouth out at night and the pain often keeps you awake or wakes you up. To try to stop the dryness I drink water each time I wake which then leads to trips along the hallway. Either way lack of sleep is inevitable.

                  Anyway after work I went straight to the chemist where the pharmacist is someone I know and trust. He recommended that I start using Oraldene straight away, so I brought a 100ml bottle for £2.19.

                  The Packaging

                  A colourful box with soothing pale blues creeping over hot pink curving lines. Hopefully a good sign of what the contents is capable of. There are lots of instructions and advice on the outside of the box, including information on this antibacterial mouthwash being able to relieve gingivitis and sore gums as well as the mouth ulcers and sore throat I was suffering from.
                  Information Leaflet

                  The patient information leaflet contained inside the box gives excellent advice on ;
                  1. what Oraldene is and what it is used for
                  2. how to use Oraldene
                  3. possible side-effects
                  4. storing
                  5. advice before taking

                  On the reverse side of the leaflet there's detailed information on gingivitis, sore throats, mouth ulcers and bad breath (halitosis).
                  I found this very useful as it gave me more information on the causes of mouth ulcers, how long the pain lasts and then the time span of the healing process. Each section gives similar detailed info on each symptom this product treats.

                  Ingredients

                  Hexetidine, this is an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent commonly used by doctors and vets as a local anesthetic. This ingredient is the main one that numbs the pain, however, it doesn't treat the symptoms.

                  Polysorbate, citric acid, saccharin sodium, peppermint flavour, anise oil, methyl salicylate, levomenthol, clove oil, eucalyptus oil, ethanol, azorubin, and purified water.

                  The anise oil, clove oil and eucalyptus oil are the 3 ingredients that really tackle this symptoms causing the ulcers and sore throat. Cloves are often used to help relieve tooth ache.

                  The product- appearance and taste.

                  This hot pink liquid has a distinctive smell of the dentist. This is obviously a combination of the anise and eucalyptus oils. Although not fully unpleasant is does conjure up for me painful visits to the dentist so wasn't that pleased about it.

                  The taste is strong and certainly reflects the clinical smell. The anise, clove and eucalyptus oils combined to make a taste that at first does make your mouth wondered what the hell has hit it. However, after rinsing and gargling thoroughly for several minutes the numbing effect of the Hexetidine soon sets in. Ahhh, the relief from the stinging pain of the ulcers begins to disappear and even the fire that had been raging in my throat dims to a smouldering glimmer.

                  The effect lasted for over an hour but even when wearing off my mouth certainly wasn't as painfully as before. I repeated this treatment just before bedtime (approx 5 hrs later) and was able to sleep fairly quickly. I did wake at 4 am with an extremely dry mouth and my throat very sore again, so had a cold glass of water and used the treatment again. I slept well until my alarm went off at 6.30am. Again my mouth was sore and dry but the ulcer wasn't stinging as badly.

                  I have been using Oraldene for 2 days now and even my sore throat is easing up. And the best part for my darling family - I can talk properly again !!!

                  I would recommend this original Oraldene medication as it really does take the sting out of mouth and throat pains.

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                    22.11.2008 14:16
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                    A good alternative to regular mouthwash with its added medicinal properties.

                    Those of you that have read my review on 'Aloe Dent' toothpaste will know that I have had problems with bleeding gums and have been on a mission to eradicate this often painful problem.

                    My dentist advised that I try 'Oraldene' mouthwash and use it about once a week to see if it would help.

                    I opted for the 'Icemint' version as I felt this would add a little extra freshness. I was not wrong! It is very minty and fresh and leaves a tingling sensation in the mouth after using it. You get that 'sucking through the hole of a polo mint' feeling also, which is quite pleasant and very refreshing.

                    The bottle comes with a little measuring cup to ensure you use the right amount each time, as overuse can lead to discolouration/staining of the teeth.

                    Needless to say I have found this product to be very useful in my fight against bleeding gums and it is not unpleasant to use. I have found other mouthwashes to be quite severe and they leave a 'burning' sensation particularly on the tongue. As my teeth and gums are obviously quite sensitive these kinds of mouthwashes have not helped, so I was pleased to find one that did its job without burning away the top layer of my tongue.

                    Oraldene is a medicinal product that has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, so it need not be limited to breath freshening but can be used for ulcers, gum problems and even sore throats.

                    Shop around for this product because it can be quite pricey in chemists but slightly cheaper at supermarket stores, its worth a try though!

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                    17.11.2008 16:47
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                    A great bathroom cabinet "just in case"

                    I would not say Oraldene is suitable for regular use as our dentist has previously warned us that prolonged use can cause staining of the teeth. However it is a product that we always have in our cupboards just in case of an emergency and with so many people in the house, we get through at least one bottle a year and sometimes two.

                    It only costs around £1 or £2 more than a standard bottle of mouthwash to buy but this has added benefits over a standard mouthwash. This is not designed to prevent problems but to deal with them if they arise. So if for example you have a mouth ulcer, rinsing with this product three times a day will help to clear it up. It is also ideal for use following dental surgery as it will help to keep the area in top condition and aid the healing process as it has antiseptic properties.

                    Oraldene has quite a strong and not overly pleasant taste to it but I do not find it uncomfortable or particularly nasty. Given the benefits and antiseptic properties this product has I think it is actually a lot better tasting than you might expect it to be.

                    Do be warned that you should consult your dentist or the label before using this if you have never tried it before. There are a few circumstances under which you should not use this and you should be aware of the possible side effects too.

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                      25.09.2008 23:21
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                      Highly recommended

                      I have suffered with pretty bad sore throats for a couple of years now, post-glandular-fever, and I have to say that Oraldene has been an absolute life saver. It is an antibacterial and antifungal mouthwash which promises to provide relief for mouth and throar infections, including ulcers, sore gums and throats, and gingivitis, and it is one of the few products that actually does what it says on the tin (or box).

                      I use it whenever I feel a sore throat coming on, as it takes away the feeling, whether it be sharp, itchy or tickly, and gently anathetises my throat. I've tried a lot of mouthwashes and the effect that Oraldene has is far better than any others. If I have a really bad throat, I find it particularly effective to warm the Oraldene up for a few seconds in the microwave (put it in a microwave-safe mug first, rather than the plastic cup which comes in the box). The warmth, added to the normal Oraldene action, provides wonderful relief.

                      Now admittedly, Oraldene is quite expensive compared to other mouthwashes or throat remedies (at around £3 for 200ml), but it is certainly worth it. Also, although it recommends that you use it undiluted, if you have just a touch of a sore throat or gums, you may find you get just as much effect from using a half-Oraldene-half-water mixture, which will make the bottle last a lot longer.

                      I would also recommend that if you find mouthwashes often sting a bit, you go for the original red-pink coloured Oraldene, rather than the green, mint-flavoured variation, which I find is a bit more caustic. I actually quite like the taste of the red one - it's slightly sweet and aniseed-like.

                      Also, although there is a lot of talk about this staining your teeth, I have been using it almost daily for 2 years and my teeth are much the same colour as when I began! However, that may be because I mostly gargle with it to help my throat, rather than swilling it around my mouth. I would suggest that you use this more for specific problems such as a sore throat, gums etc, rather than just to wash your mouth out after cleaning your teeth.

                      Finally, this is a fab product to gargle with if you've just been in close proximity to someone with a cold who has been coughing and sneezing, as it destroys germs and so should reduce the chances of you catching anything.

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