Product Type: Tesco Oral Care
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Tesco Daily Care Coolmint Mouth Wash
Member Name: deesum
Tesco Daily Care Coolmint Mouth Wash
Date: 09/01/13, updated on 24/06/13 (135 review reads)
Advantages: A gentle refreshing mouthwash
Disadvantages: Questionable ingredient that isn't necessary!
~~The Product: 'Tesco Coolmint Mouthwash' ~ 'You don't have to brush your teeth - just the ones you want to keep'!~~
This product comes in a tall 9" transparent plastic bottle, which is recyclable, and is curved in the middle on either side to afford an easy hold. A neat blue label displays the name of the product but also the reassuring 'With antibacterial action' wording underneath. There is a rather cute smiley logo at the base of the label that shows the product to be 'International Dental Health Foundation Approved'! This 'foundation is a leading independent oral health charity that works to improve the standard of oral health care worldwide'.
The Ingredients are listed on the reverse of the container and are as follows: 'Aqua,
Alcohol ,Glycerin ,Polysorbate 20 ,Aroma ,Cetylpyridinium chloride , Sodium Fluoride ,Sodium Saccharin ,Sodium Benzoate ,Menthol ,CI 42051'.
There is a wise warning that this product is not to be used by children under the age of twelve years, probably being due to the harsher ingredients and perhaps the concern of accidental swallowing. Also on the opposite side of the bottle is a series of ticks as to the manufacturer promises as to the effects of using the mouthwash; such as relating to 'protection against plaque...fresh breath' fights 'bacteria...tooth decay' strengthens and 'reminalise tooth enamel' and protects 'against cavities'. I put these affirmations to the test over a period of four months! I was quite surprised to find that this mouthwash has a pretty short shelf life, only six months. Though with regular use, the mouthwash is used up far quicker!
~~My Usage Experience ~ 'Long In The Tooth'!~~
I love using a mouthwash in the morning as it freshens my mouth, breath and helps me feel more awake! I purchase mouth washes in general as using such cleaning agents; especially those that contain fluoride have been noted to assist in preventing tooth decay. As an added benefit, fluoride mouth washes can also facilitate the removal of any debris of food particles and bacteria that may have been missed after brushing the teeth.
Noteworthy, is that those mouthwashes that contain fluoride, as does this product, will also certainly help reduce cavities too! Although I will say that I don't always choose mouthwashes that have fluoride in, any good mouthwash will in fact help to reduce gum disease. As a cautionary note, 'most of us get the fluoride we need from drinking water and fluoride toothpastes. Therefore' we 'should never add extra fluoride supplements to your oral health regimen without consulting your dentist first.
If I have a few more pennies to spend on the grocery list, I invest in a renowned brand but, as I hope my review will show, this basic antibacterial stands up fairly well to scrutiny! As toothpaste tends to contain similar or the same ingredients, I do not use before brushing my teeth, preferring to use the mouthwash a good while after. Through some wonderful articles from reputable sites online, such as the ones noted in my review, I have also gathered that it is not wise to drink or eat for at least half an hour after using a mouthwash. Employing antibacterial mouth washes and toothpaste soon after 'a meal can' actually 'damage your teeth, especially if you've had fruit, fizzy drinks, wine or any other food that contains acid. This is because tooth enamel is softened by the acid and can be worn away by brushing. Waiting an hour gives your saliva chance to neutralise the acid'. http://www.dentalsuitedocklands.co.uk
I don't use a mouthwash after every oral care routine as 'mouthwashes have specific indications and indiscriminate and regular use may in the long term prove to be causes rather than solutions to oral problems'- http://www.ask.com/question
~My Mouthwash Routine~
To open the container is very easy; by simply squeezing with both my fingers I can turn the cap to open. There are two equally spaced smooth finger spaces that are unique to the cap's fine grooves that show where to place the fingers to afford ease of opening. Twisting the cap off, the smell is most refreshing, although much like the mouthwash provided at the dentist surgery but more inviting! The odour has an astringent scent but pleasantly invigorating clinical aroma.
I start by pouring a capful, around 2oz of the aqua blue fluid into the cap that seals the bottle. As this mouthwash is for my personal use only, I feel happy to use the cap other than a glass; otherwise I would be concerned about spreading any germs to family members! Next, taking a good deep breath, I pour the fluid into my mouth, tilting my head back and begin to gargle, taking care not to swallow any of the wash. I tend to spend a good thirty to forty seconds gargling with the wash, if I can hold my breath that long! :~)
I always endeavor to use mouthwashes that are less astringent, more for sensitive teeth as then I don't need to rinse out my mouth after expelling the liquid. This means that the antibacterial qualities of the cleanser are able to continue working long after, avoiding the dilution of the fluid which would only minimize the effects. The fluid is pleasurable to use as it isn't at all acidic or bitter. It has an immediate effect of making my mouth feel freshened and clean. Some mouthwashes on the market can be overly minty, and I have found that these have the negative effect of drying my mouth but although this one is described as 'coolmint', it is a real delight to use. I experience no drying of my mouth. Long after usage, my mouth continues to feel sanitary, fresh and odour free until I eat a meal.
There are negatives though! This product contains alcohol and doesn't say what the percentage is either. 'Although alcohol works as a good antiseptic in mouthwash, it unfortunately is too harsh and it dries out the mouth. Mouthwash that contains alcohol usually contains about 20-30%. That is why it burns so much when you swish it around in your mouth and gargle it. If used regularly, this alcohol can damage the cells in the mouth and cause oral sores over time'- http://www.breathmd.com/mouthwash.php
Because alcohol is moisture less, as noted above, it causes a dry mouth, which then lowers the production of saliva, the very matter that helps in the fight of offensive breath. Furthermore, saliva, being oxygenized, destroys the harmful bacteria. So mouthwashes with alcohol, or at least a high proportion of it, are actually counterproductive, making the wash in fact, pointless for the intended beneficial properties! Unfortunately, there are new scientific studies that are indicating far worse health concerns regarding mouthwashes that contain a high proportion of alcohol and overuse of mouthwashes in general. On this basis, I use such products sparingly and only as a support to fundamental oral healthcare such as brushing and flossing.
~Supplementary Information~ My reservations explained!~
"There's strong enough evidence linking mouthwashes to oral cancer for them to be banned from supermarket shelves, an expert has claimed. What's the story? New research has found that mouthwashes containing alcohol can increase the risk of mouth cancer by up to nine times, particularly among smokers or drinkers. The risk is thought to be higher than from drinking beer or wine because they contain a higher concentration of alcohol. Why? The Australian scientists who carried out the study on 3,200 people, say the ethanol (alcohol) in some leading brands of mouthwash, like Listerine and Plax, can help things that already cause cancer like nicotine, get into the lining of the mouth. Alcohol-based mouthwashes also can produce acetaldehyde which has been previously identified to cause cancer in humans.
What are the experts saying? Researcher, Professor Michael McCullogh, says: 'We see people with oral cancer who have no other risk factors than the use of alcohol-containing mouthwash.' Dr Philip Stemmer, from London's Fresh Breath Clinic says: 'There's no need for mouthwash to contain alcohol - I recommend patients use an alcohol-free mouthwash instead." http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/wellbeing/29​ ;7613 "Mouthwashes can cause oral cancer and should be removed from supermarket shelves, an expert said last night. - There is 'sufficient evidence' that those containing alcohol contribute to increased risk of the disease, according to a review of the latest studies by an Australian scientist. Professor Michael McCullough, whose findings are published in the Dental Journal of Australia, said some mouthwashes were more dangerous than wine or beer because they contained higher concentrations of alcohol - as high as 26 per cent proof.
The ethanol in mouthwash is thought to allow cancer-causing substances to permeate the lining of the mouth more easily and cause harm. He said they should only be available with a prescription and for short-term use. 'We see people with oral cancer who have no other risk factors than the use of alcohol-containing mouthwash, so what we've done in this study is review all the evidence that's out there,' he said. Mouthwashes can cause oral cancer and should be removed from supermarket shelves, an expert said last night.
There is 'sufficient evidence' that those containing alcohol contribute to increased risk of the disease, according to a review of the latest studies by an Australian scientist. Professor Michael McCullough, whose findings are published in the Dental Journal of Australia, said some mouthwashes were more dangerous than wine or beer because they contained higher concentrations of alcohol - as high as 26 per cent proof. The ethanol in mouthwash is thought to allow cancer-causing substances to permeate the lining of the mouth more easily and cause harm.
He said they should only be available with a prescription and for short-term use. 'We see people with oral cancer who have no other risk factors than the use of alcohol-containing mouthwash, so what we've done in this study is review all the evidence that's out there,' he said. Smoking and alcohol consumption are well-established risk factors in oral cancer which is diagnosed in 5,000 people in the UK each year, and causes 1,600 deaths.
Professor McCullough, from Melbourne University, said the alcohol in mouthwash allows cancer-causing substances such as nicotine to penetrate the lining of the mouth more easily. And it can mean a toxic breakdown product of alcohol called acetaldehyde - another carcinogen - can accumulate in the oral cavity when swished around the mouth.
The review reported evidence from an international study of 3,210 people which found daily mouthwash use was a 'significant risk factor' for head and neck cancer. The effects were worst in smokers who had a nine-fold increased risk of cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx and larynx. Those who drank alcohol had more than five times the risk. Smoking and alcohol consumption are well-established risk factors in oral cancer which is diagnosed in 5,000 people in the UK each year, and causes 1,600 deaths." http://www.unhealthyearth.com
~~Would I Recommend? ~ 'An aching tooth is better out than in. To lose a rotting member is a gain'!!~~
Well, this is a quandary! The mouthwash feels effective and yet gentle. I have noticed no new oral healthcare concerns since using this product so it seems to tick the boxes of the promises made by the manufacturer. The product is inexpensive thus making it assessable to most folk.
But, I certainly have reservations over the alcohol content, though the percentage is not specified; it comes only second in the list of ingredients, indicating to me that the alcohol is fairly high in quantity. I will say though, that at the quantity I apply and reduced usage, I haven't as yet experienced the drying of my mouth. I will leave it as a 'no' in recommending, despite some of the benefits I feel I have obtained from the product. Even having the stamp of approval by the International Dental Health Foundation, I have concerns over the unnecessary adding of alcohol in the mouthwash!
The product, should you wish to try, is available throughout Tesco stores and online for £0.75 (£0.15/100ml: http://www.tesco.com
Thank you for taking the time to read my review...if only it could be as refreshing! :~D
Summary: Reasonably priced effective mouthwash but unnecessary alcohol ingredient!
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