“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Mouthwash / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
Following on from my recent review by Listerine this is another Mouthwash that I have tried quite recently. This was a fraction of the price but surely it wouldn't be as good as a brand named one - would it?
So a 6 in 1 Mouthwash - surely that will cover everything that is needed to be covered. So what does it cover then? The claims are that this will Maintain healthy gums, fight bacteris, protect against plaque, strengthen teeth, freshen breath and protect against decay.
This comes in a 500ml bottle and the price of this is £1.99, so a good bit cheaper than other Mouthwashes, but then again not as cheap as some as i've seen Mouthwash down as low as about 80p.
This bottle looks quite pretty in a girly kind of way. A light pink coloured liquid, so a bit different to the usual blue and light purple ones that are out there. This is the first pink one that I have seen.
So you just use this in the usual way. Just measure out some of this in the cap, swill this around your mouth and spit out. I sometimes swill out with a little bit of water after using a Mouthwash but it depends on how strong or drying a Mouthwash it is. Then again I don't really want to swill away all the good stuff that is in the Wash.
This isn't the strongest Mouthwash I have used but this isn't a bad thing. You get the Cool minty scent from this and the taste lingers in your mouth. I feel that my breath seems to stay nice and fresh and minty for a good while afterwards but I have never took into account how long this Mintyness lasts since I eat and drink a couple of hours after using a Mouthwash.
This seems to be doing a good enough job in my eyes. It covers all the bits you need to cover mouth wise and the price is good enough as well.
I used to use the Listerine Total Care mouthwash in the past because I thought it would be good. If you watch all the hype with their TV ads, they would have you believe that it was the best mouthwash available. But that stinging sensation I used to get in my mouth after using it, mainly caused by the excessively high alcohol content, did start to concern me. I remember once talking to a dental nurse friend of mine who said she could easily tell when someone was using Listerine mouthwash because, with the high level of alcohol, it did some funny things to the skin on the inside of their mouth.
I then discussed the issue with a couple of dentist friends to try and get an expert opinion on it, and their recommendation was to check out the fluoride content of the mouthwash. Dentists normally recommend that any toothpaste is good, as long as it has a good fluoride content, and that statement is equally applicable to mouthwash. So when you start reading the product labels, it is quite interesting.
The main ingredient to look for on the label is a substance known as Sodium Fluoride which is the fluoride content of the mouthwash. The higher this level is, the higher the level of fluoride is in the product. Listerine Total lists their level as 100 ppm F (parts per million). However, this Tesco Extra Care 6 in 1 Mouthwash lists their Sodium Fluoride level as 225 ppm F - over twice the level that the Listerine Total has. So with a straight comparison, the Tesco product is the better of the 2. Of note when also comparing this across many of the other brands of mouthwash, 225 ppm F seems to be the highest that you can get in a mouthwash (so this Tesco one is not unique in that aspect), and the 100 ppm F level of the Listerine is the lowest of all the mouthwashes that I looked at in the supermarket, and that level seems to be unique to Listerine.
Next consider the price. With this Tesco product retailing at £1.99, and the Listerine normally going for around the £4 mark, it is easy to see that the Tesco product appears to win hands down again, and I suppose going for the cheaper product means that you will not be paying for all that glorified TV advertising that Listerine does to try and get you to buy their product. Again, looking across the range of all brands, this Tesco one is very good value when you compare it to the other branded mouthwash products.
But what's this Tesco Mouthwash like in use? Well, it does claim to offer 6 benefits in the one product, namely freshen breath, protect against plaque, maintain healthy gums, fight bacteria, strengthen teeth and protect against decay, and finally reduce tartar and keep teeth naturally white - pretty mush the same benefits claimed by the Listerine product. It comes as a sort of clear red/pinkish liquid in a 500 ml bottle with a screw off cap. The idea is to use it after brushing by rinsing a small capful of the liquid around your mouth for 30 seconds and then spit it out, and the mint flavouring that they put into this makes that process and the after effects quite pleasant.
The Tesco product also contains alcohol, but after using it, I've never really experienced any stinging sensation at all, and definitely nothing as bad as that experienced after using the Listerine product which often felt like someone had just wire-brushed the inside of my mouth.
To date I've been using this Tesco mouthwash for many months, and had a dental check up in the interim, where my dentist has said everything looks great. So for me, this product appears to work well. I'm getting the higher fluoride content with this mouthwash at a fraction of the price of my previous brand, and yet still I'm receiving the benefits of good oral hygiene.
Hence, a definite 5* highly recommended from me for this Tesco product.
I do use mouthwash daily but do not have a preference on brand. I tend to buy whatever happens to be on offer when I need to restock. This time it happened to be Tesco Extra Care.
The first observation I have made is that it states on the bottle that it is mint flavoured. I disagree with this statement. It tastes antiseptic and very strong, which is actually quite unpleasant but does give the impression that it is doing a good job. I have to say that I really feel like rinsing my mouth with water after using the mouthwash as you are left with the antiseptic taste but I don't as I assume this would rather defeat the object of using in the first place.
The second observation I have made is that the instuctions advise you to use a capful of liquid, I don't know if I have a particularly small mouth but this was far too much for me and I would actually advise using half of this.
It does give you fresh breath for around an hour after use and my teeth do feel clean. The cap has a child proof lid (the type where you have to squeeze the lid for it to open) which is good for stopping little people getting their hands on it but not so great when you have wet hands and are trying ot open the bottle.
This is my husband's favourite brand of mouthwash, possibly because it always seems to be on buy-one-get-one-free at Tescos so you can pick up two large bottles for around £2. Really Good value which is important in times of recission.
Personally I do not have any preferences for mouth wash as I have very sensitive teeth and most mouthwashes sting my mouth if I use them.
Tescos claim that their mouthwash has a 6 in 1 action:-
1. Freshen Breath,
2. Protect against plaque,
3. Maintain healthy gums,
4. Fight bacteria,
5. Strengthen teeth and protect against decay, and
6. Reduce tartar and keep teeth naturally white.
This is everything that you would want in a mouthwash!
I do not know whether the claims are true. Its difficult to prove yourself whether the mouthwash can fight bacteria. but we can tell whether it freshens your breath. I use this mouthwash, it is find that it is ok for my sensitive teeth provided I do not hold it in my mouth for more than 20 seconds. I find that it leaves my mouth feeling fresh and clean. But I would definitely not say minty fresh. (although when I compare this to other mouthwashes for sensitive teeth none of them seem to leave my mouth minty fresh either)
for the fact that this Tesco Mouthwash is great value for money then I would recommend it and hope that although it does not 1. Freshen Breath I truly hope that it has the 5 other actions it claims to have!!!!!!!!
I purchased this 6 months ago as it was on offer in Tesco and I thought it was worth a try. I've used different mouthwashes in the past and been happy with their ability to freshen your breath but not regularly enough to notice any other beneficial effect. The bottle boasts that this mouthwash has a 6 in 1 action, which includes:
1. Freshen Breath.
2. Protect against plaque.
3. Maintain healthy gums.
4. Fight bacteria.
5. Strengthen teeth and protect against decay.
6. Reduce tartar and keep teeth naturally white.
Therefore I purchased this in the mind to continually use it to see if the 6 in 1 action would be beneficial to my oral hygiene above and beyond using general toothpaste and brushing twice a day.
The mouthwash comes in a simple clear 500ml plastic bottle which has been ergonomically shaped for easy handling. It has a safety top made of grey plastic, which requires you to squeeze the pads on either side of the lid whilst you turn. This is to protect children, as this product is unsuitable for children under 12years of age. On the front of the bottle is the products label taking up 70% of the bottles front face. The label is silver in colour with grey and purple writing and detail. On the reverse of the bottle is a white label which has all the necessary information including a brief summary of the product, directions for use, warnings against misuse, a list of ingredients, the barcode, use by date of 12months and contact details for the manufacturer. The mouthwash is a pale purple in colour and is like water in consistency.
The mouthwash tastes like most mouthwashes whilst in your mouth, this particular one is mint flavoured and you can taste this slightly. Once you have removed the mouthwash from your mouth the story is completely different. The mouthwash leaves a rather unpleasant taste in your mouth afterwards like you've just drank bleach or some form of chemical. Although your mouth feels freshened, because of the alcohol in the mouthwash, the taste is awful. You feel like you need to brush your teeth again to get rid of the flavour and the smell of your breath afterwards is not very minty but rather of a chemically, dentist smell.
As the taste of the mouthwash was so unpleasant I haven't been able to use the mouthwash frequently to comment on its ability to improve oral hygiene. Consequently the bottle has sat in my bathroom cabinet for the remainder of it's time in my house. The premise of the mouthwash is excellent, working alongside brushing your teeth, not as a substitute, to help improve your oral hygiene. The mouthwash can be purchased at Tesco for £1.99 for 500ml. But for a similar price there are a number of different branded mouthwashes available to purchase. Currently there is an Aquafresh mouthwash on offer for £1.56 until 8th September.
This mouthwash is not worth the money as the product leaves you with a very unpleasant taste in your mouth making you feel like you need to brush your teeth all over again. If you can stand the taste I'm sure that this product will help to improve oral hygiene but I am dubious to its ability to have all the effects listed above. I think that this is one of those times when Tesco have got it disastrously wrong.