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Out shopping in town a few weeks ago, I nipped into Bodycare looking for something and remembered I'd forgotten my normal mouthwash from a previous store, so I decided to grab one from there. There wasn't much choice, but the Wisdom Fresh Effect mouthwash stood out to me, basically because of the purple colour, which matches my bathroom! Ok, not good idea to buy something just because it matches the colour of the bathroom, but I thought I'd try it, and at £1.50, I didn't bat an eyelid.
WHAT IS IT
The mouthwash is stated to be a Total Care Deep Clean Antibacterial Mouthwash in Fresh Mint flavour.
The mouthwash contains fluoride, like all mouth care products, and the active 'antibacterial' ingredient is alcohol.
WHAT DOES IT CLAIM TO DO
The mouthwash claims to do 6 main things:
Prevent cavities - I cannot say if this is true or not, but of course with all toothpastes and mouthwashes, with everyday use they all are supposed to help prevent cavities.
Fight plaque - Again, something I cannot say is true or not. Since using the product, which has been around 4 weeks now, I can't really see a reduction in plaque, but this may be due to the way I use it, which I will explain about below.
Clean hard to reach areas - Of course, mouthwash can reach areas where your toothbrush can't, and with it being a liquid and you swill it around your mouth, it can get right behind your back teeth, which is a squeeze for a toothbrush, and in between some teeth. So, I would agree that the mouthwash does this.
Kills bacteria - With it being an antiseptic mouthwash, I have more faith in the mouthwash killing bacteria than a non-antiseptic mouthwash. The active antiseptic ingredient is alcohol, which as you all probably know is a very good and effective antiseptic in general.
Helps to heal gums - I would agree with this as, being pregnant, teeth and gums are weaker and my gums bled like mad a few weeks ago. In the last 4 weeks of usage, my gums have bled less when brushing, although I cannot say if this is due to the mouthwash or not, but I believe it can be as alcohol is used to clean wounds, so I would suspect it would heal gums also.
Freshens breath - Yes, it does freshen your breath, but upon breathing directly after use, I feel as though I am going to turn into a dragon and breathe fire, as I will explain below.
USAGE AND TASTE
The mouthwash says to use twice daily after brushing and flossing. Use a full cap of undiluted mouthwash and rinse around mouth vigorously for 30 seconds. Now, the mouthwash claims to be fresh mint, which it probably is, but, the taste, due to it being antiseptic, is a very strong burning sensation, so I cannot taste any mint at all. This may just be me as I have sensitive taste buds, where sometimes I will try something my partner says isn't spicy and it blows my head off. The taste is so bad, that I actually cannot physically use a full cap, or swill for 30 seconds. I use half a cap and swill for about 15 seconds, sometimes 20 at a push before spitting it out and immediately grabbing a drink of water. It is very strong, but you can't really expect much less from an antiseptic mouthwash. If anybody has ever used Corsodyl or any other mouthwash specifically designed for gum disease, then it isn't as bad as them, but for me it is too string. I feel from the taste that the mouthwash really does do a deep clean, but having to grab a mouthful of water immediately afterwards, I can't help but feel I'm washing the mouthwash away and therefore, what is the point in using it?
ALL IN ALL
The bottle is 500ml, and is still half full after 4 weeks of twice daily usage. Now, as I said, I can only use a quarter to half a cap full of the mouthwash, so this obviously has lasted me double what it should do if you use a full cap twice daily. Even full usage would have my bottle empty by now, so 3 or 4 weeks usage for £1.50 isn't expensive.
Claiming to be a deep clean mouthwash, I really feel by the alcohol that it does do this, but again, as I said I have to swill immediately with water as my mouth and cheeks just burn too much, then I don't feel as though I am getting the full benefit. This may just be me with my sensitive taste buds. My boyfriend can stand the taste however, so I suppose it depends upon the person. I cannot moan too much as being antiseptic, most antiseptic mouthwashes including alcohol do usually burn your mouth. Again, it isn't as harsh as Corsodyl and other gingivitis mouthwashes which really do make you breathe fire, but I feel as though I am not getting the full benefit of it, as for me it is just too harsh on my taste buds.
I would recommend for a deep clean mouthwash, only if you can stand 'hot' tastes. If you have a sensitive mouth like me, then I would give this a miss.
I was shopping in a local (independent) pharmacy recently and noticed a range of mouthwash products from the 'Wisdom' range of oral care products were available at a special offer price of around 90 pence each. As I knew I was running out of mouthwash at home, I decided to buy one of the products for myself and give it a try out.
The product that I purchased is the "Wisdom Fresh Effect Total Care Deep Clean Antibacterial Mouthwash" in the 'Fresh Mint' flavour, which cost me 90 pence for the 500ml bottle. I thought this was a very good value price, but the main reason I chose this particular mouthwash over any other was the colour of the product - instead of the liquid mouthwash being a blue or green colour as I would have expected, the colour is actually a sort of pink/purple colour, and I will admit to being curious about this.
Anyway, the packaging for the Wisdom mouthwash is pretty standard and is similar to that of most other mouthwash products that I buy on a regular basis. The bottle is made of clear plastic and can be recycled. There is a white plastic lid on top of the bottle which also acts as the 'drinking cap' into which the mouthwash should be dispensed before drinking it.
I should point out too that the product's cap has a sort of 'safety' mechanism in its design, so you need to squeeze and twist the lid to remove it. I assume this is for child-safety reasons. I would also state that I have limited mobility in my hands and at times I do struggle to open the cap if it has been replaced tightly - which is the way it has been designed to be replaced. I won't be deducting any points from the product's overall rating however, as this is a problem that affects me personally and the majority of people would probably have no problem in removing and replacing the cap, but it may be worth bearing in mind if you suffer from arthritis or similar problems, and have limited strength in your hands.
The Wisdom Fresh Effect Mouthwash is very easy to use. All I need to do is pour a capful into the white lid and swirl the undiluted liquid around my mouth for around 30 seconds, then spit it out. I have not found that this particular brand of mouthwash is very strong and over-powering, nor does it make my tongue feel uncomfortable or feel as though the liquid is catching in my throat as I am using it. These are significant problems I have come across with some mouthwash products I have used in the past as I find some of them have a very over-powering flavour which I don't like.
Furthermore, I find that the Wisdom Fresh Effect Mouthwash has a very pleasant taste and flavour to it, and the 'Fresh Mint' flavour of this product is something that is similar to a peppermint flavouring, regardless of the pinky colour of the liquid. That said, the peppermint is not at all 'hot', nor does it have an unpleasant 'nip' to it which is my personal preference with products like this. I have nothing negative to report about the taste and flavour of the product at all.
The after-effects of using the Wisdom Fresh Effect Mouthwash are all positive too; my mouth feels cleaner, fresher and more hygienic than if I had just brushed my teeth with toothpaste and I like that the minty fresh, clean feeling lasts longer because I have used this product after my usual brushing routine.
As for my overall dental health, I can see that this product has a '6 benefits in 1' claim proudly displayed on the label. These range from 'helping to freshen breath' (every mouthwash does this though, doesn't it?) to 'helping to fight plaque' (as before) and kill bacteria. The mouthwash also contains fluoride which offers a little peace of mind to me as a consumer as I think that the addition of fluoride in products like these helps keep my teeth a bit stronger and healthier than if I didn't use them at all.
Overall, I thought that the Wisdom Fresh Effect Mouthwash was a product of a fairly high quality and it did everything that I wanted and expected it to. I'm not sure I would go out of my way to buy it over any other brand that I would normally buy, mainly because I felt it performed as well as any other mouthwash product that I use. I can't fault it at all and having nothing negative to report about it.
The Wisdom Fresh Effect mouthwash range can be purchased from budget drugstores such as Savers and Bodycare, where the product costs around £1.
Ingredients: Aqua, Alcohol, Sorbitol, Polysorbate 20, Aroma, Allantoin, Cetylpyridinium Chloride, Sodium Fluoride 0 / 05% (225ppm f), Sodium Saccharin, Sodium Benzoate, Menthol, Zinc Chloride, CI 42051, CI 16035 / Wisdom Fresh Effect Total Care Deep Clean Anitbacterial Mouthwash Fresh Mint 500ml New Wisdom Fresh Effect Total Care mouthwash provides 6 oral health benefits in 1 to help keep your teeth and gums healthy / The antibacterial formulation gets into even hard to reach areas for a truly deep cleaning experience / 1 / Helps prevent cavities 2 / Helps fight plaque 3 / Cleans hard to reach areas 4 / Kills bacteria 5 / Helps to heal gums 6 / Freshens breath Directions for use: Use twice daily after flossing and brushing for healthy teeth and gums / Fill cap / Rinse undiluted mouthwash vigorously around teeth and gums for 30 seconds and spit out / Store below 30?C / Do not swallow / Not suitable for children under 6 years of age /