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I usually brush my teeth every morning (and often forget to do so every evening!) but after visiting the dentists he recommended at least a daily use of mouthwash. At first I tried listerine, but kept finding that because of the taste I conveniently kept forgetting to use this too! My brother always gets sore gums and chapped lips from using on the market oral hygiene products so he uses an aloe vera toothpaste with very little fluoride and this mouthwash (yes hes a big kid at heart even though he is 33!) and so recommended it to me. I absolutely love this mouthwash! It has a fruity lovely taste, and you can actually see the plaque coming out of your mouth after gurgling and spit, which encourages me to use it as I feel I can actually see it working. The only tricky thing about this mouthwash is the child safety cap! I am a grown woman, and to be quite honest I had great difficulty squeezing it to actually get some out! I suppose it is ideal for any parent concerned about their children getting their hands on such an item and squirting it all down the drain or thinking its a drink and consuming the whole bottle but when I can't work it, I think it's a bit too far! Altogether though, it is a lovely product, bit costly as I have seen it in some stores for up to £4 but I have managed to find it in my local pharmacist for only £1 so I have stocked up and been very happy with the results and when my daughter is older I will encourage her to use it also!
My 7 year old daughter is now getting to the stage where she wants to be more independent and that includes brushing her own teeth. Obviously, she's supervised but like most parents I want to ensure her teeth are thoroughly clean and mouthwashes which reach into all the nooks and crannies are an important final step in achieving that. Like a lot of children, she finds many mint flavour washes - even those aimed at children - a bit too strong, so Listerine Smartrinse with a mild berry taste is ideal. It's simple to dispense - just squeeze and the mouthwash pours out of the inbuilt spout into the reservoir attached to the top of the bottle. This is marked with a 10ml line so there's no wastage. Then pour into the cap which doubles as a cup. Your child then swishes for a minute before spitting into the sink. The great attraction - from a child's point of view - is that particles of food or plaque which brushing misses show up in the sink as pink blobs .... kids seem to love yucky things ! From a parent's perspective, I also feel reassured that my child's teeth are thoroughly clean and the fluoride is helping to strengthen her teeth. The flavour, the performance with the spout and the pink "blobs" all add up to ensure looking after her teeth is something my daughter looks forward to and actively wants to do.
I often use the mint version of this and would probably never have purchased this Wild Berry flavour had it not been on a special offer in my local chemist when I was picking up a prescription. Never one to miss a bargain, I promptly took the bottle to the checkout and hoped that it wasn't too weird a departure from the usual mint mouthwashes. Technically speaking, Listerine Smart Rinse is geared towards children but after several not-too-great experiences with adult mouthwashes that were just too strong for me or not to my liking, I chanced upon this range and liked the fact that it feels like it's cleaning my mouth without being too harsh. On first try, I wasn't sure that I liked this version as it's very sweet in terms of taste and wasn't too dissimilar to the aftertaste of having swept a boiled sweet around your mouth. Having been used to mint flavours of mouthwash until now, this felt a bit weird to me but I persevered with it. Three weeks later, the sweet taste no longer bothers me so it must be something that you get used to over time once you accept that it won't taste like 'normal' mouthwashes. Despite not being minty, it still makes my mouth feel fresher than if I hadn't used it. I always make sure to give it a very good rinse out afterwards though as the sweet taste can still linger around if you haven't spat it all out properly. I also like the functioning of the bottle as it's designed to only encourage a small amount of mouthwash to enter the top of the bottle when the bottle is gently squeezed, and this is just about enough to give your mouth a decent swill around without being too much. If you've used Smart Rinse mouthwash before, you'll know what I mean but it's a bit hard to describe otherwise. In the product image above, you might just be able to see a thin tube going down the middle of the bottle beneath the cap, and this sucks up a small amount into the plastic above it (which is hidden by the cap in that above). It means you don't have to faff about with pouring the mouthwash into a cap. All in all, I like this mouthwash much more than I thought I would and I can see how it might appeal to kids more than a bog standard mint version as they can see it as more fun.
The new Listerine is here, and is actually a new product, not just the same one with a different name, such as the likes of Coke Zero. Appearance The appearance of the bottle is maybe a slight downside. The bottle looks fairly cheap and the lid looks quite boring and basic. However, the logo is slightly better, as it is meant to entice people looking for a more mild mouthwash or children and does that fairly well. The overall layout of the bottle is poorly constructed and generally worse looking than other Listerine bottles seen on the shelves of shops, due to the shape and logos on the bottle, which could suggest that the design was rushed, so the product could be placed on the market quicker. However, the design could be argued as simple but effective, as people are looking for something simple for their children and this demonstrates something that is clearly aimed at a younger generation, as the bottle is fairly simple to use as it contains a simple screw top, rather than a locking screw top found on other Listerine bottles that prevent young children from consuming the product. Taste The taste is much different, and unlike the previous Listerine mouthwashes that are on the market, this one is much less strong and alcoholic and more gentle on the mouth. If you have a small cut, no pain is felt, as the previous Listerine products caused a great deal of upset in the mouth and stinging could be felt for up to minutes are afterwards. The taste, however is much like a strawberry squash drink and is no more strong than one. The taste is, however pleasant and leaves a quite nice taste in your mouth shortly afterwards. Overall, the taste is very good, and is much different than any other products on the market. Effectiveness The mouthwash is fairly effective, and highlights the areas you have missed which is always good, as you know that you have got the areas that you have missed/could not get to in the mouth. Also a standard test of when you have finished your brushing, running your tongue around your teeth and then seeing if there is any difference when you do this again after using the mouth wash has proved successful and that the mouthwash works. However, a downside is that if you use the mouthwash alone, it doesn't have a very good effect like the other Listerine mouthwashes. But, as this is aimed at younger people, they would only use after brushing their teeth, so even though it is an issue, the point of the mouthwash is for use after brushing. Price/value for money Listerine Smart rinse is quite expensive compared to other mouth washes at £2.49 for 250ml or £4.19 for 500ml in boots for the product. But it is still very much worth the extra money as it does provide what it says on the bottle and it does provide something new in the world of mouth care. Availability Listerine Smart rinse can be found more commonly in larger stores, such as Boots and Superdrug, but not so much in small shops or chemists like other Listerine products, although a few do stock it now and more will do so over time but it is a new product, and it will soon be more common and be found more universally around the world of retail. Conclusion The new Listerine smart rinse is a must buy for people looking for a good, not too strong mouthwash, and I would highly recommend it, although it is expensive, it is definitely worth it. The only thing letting it down is the packaging, but still, it is more what's inside the bottle that counts. As they say, never judge a book by its cover.
As I mentioned in my previous dental reviews, I have been making much more of an effort with my tooth-brushing routine since I got braces in April, and this has involved using a mouthwash every day. I must admit, I find most mint mouthwashes or "grown up" Listerine products too overpowering and just can't get past the taste, so I decided to try out Listerine for kids, in fun berry flavour. At the time of purchasing, there was a 3 for 2 offer on dental products at Boots, so I ended up buying two bottles of this as they are normally pretty expensive at £4.10 for 500ml. There is also a mild mint flavour, but I was worried that the bright colour of the mouthwash could stain the clear ligatures around my braces, and if this happened thought red would look slightly less noticeable than bright blue! Fortunately, it didn't. Apart from doing the obvious mouthwash functions you would expect such as freshening the breath and preventing plaque build up, it contains fluoride which is particularly recommended for brace-wearers so sounded good to me. For kids, who obviously it is aimed at, this is essential for healthy teeth with no cavities (Listerine claim it can reduce them by up to 40% from brushing alone). It doesn't contain alcohol or sugar. As I mentioned, in the past I have found that Listerine, particularly the dreadful "purple" version, tends to taste rather like poison. Smart Rinse, however, tastes really nice! Even when using a minty toothpaste, the berry flavour is not too strong and adds a little fun to the old dental hygiene routine - who says everything has to taste of mint anyway?! Another "fun" feature is that you are able to see what you have rinsed out in the sink, as it appears as bright pink (for berry flavour) particles in the sink, rather like what happens with Dentyl pH mouthwash. This will be fun for kids but I was a bit skeptical at first. Occasionally I would brush for ages and still get a lot showing up in the sink, but I suppose it shows how much you do miss by brushing alone. Given enough brushing, you will end up spitting out just the pink liquid with no "bits"! Unfortunately, these bits cling to my braces something rotten so I have to brush my teeth again afterwards unless I want to walk around with pink gunk all over my mouth. Attractive I don't think. To make this even easier for kids, the bottle is spill-proof by using an optic to dispense the right amount. Squeeze the bottle until the mouthwash is up to the line, pour into the lid (or chug from the bottle if you're lazy like me) and you have the correct amount, mess-free. I suppose because I have an adult-sized (some would say particularly large!) mouth, it doesn't seem like very much to me compared to a half-cap of other brands, but it is enough to do a decent job. I do find though that using twice a day, the bottle doesn't last nearly as long as I would like for the hefty pricetag, and I can use up a bottle in around three weeks. Also, despite how nice it may taste, berry-fresh is not quite the same as minty-fresh, and no matter how clean your mouth might technically be, it doesn't feel as downright fresh. This is nice for getting kids interested in a good dental routine, but in my opinion priced way too steeply and I will be suffering through cheaper bottles of mint flavour unless it crops back up on offer!