As I've stated in many reviews, I'm always toddling along to Superdrug for various bits and pieces. On occasion, I purchase items from their own-brand dental range, and this mouthwash is one of the things I've been known to buy.
This Superdrug Total Care Fresh Mint Mouthwash costs around £2 for 500ml. It comes in a thick, plastic transparent contoured bottle with a white screwtop lid. The lid is one of the 'push down and turn' variety, like many bottles of medicine. Ostensibly it's a childproof system to stop the little'uns guzzling down products that aren't any good for them, but in reality it's also an adultproof system too! It often takes me a few tries to push down the top with enough force to engage the mechanism.
Before first use, the screwtop is sealed to a collar. Once opened, the seal is broken, so it's always a good idea to check the bottle is sealed at purchase.
The label design is now different to that seen in the image above, but the product claims and ingredients are unchanged. Superdrug state that the mouthwash protects teeth and gums, helps prevent cavities, remineralises tooth enamel and strengthens teeth (useful for those of us with acid damage). It also claims the mouthwash fights germs and plaque and gives the user long-lasting fresh breath.
The mouthwash itself is bright blue and has a strong, chemically scent when the bottle is opened. The user is directed to use the cap as a measuring device, pour a quantity of wash into the cap, pour into mouth and swill around the mouth for around a minute.
First off, I have to say that I've never been a fan of blue mouthwashes, as the 'coolmint' flavour they're supposed to impart always tastes yucky to me. I prefer green variants, which generally claim to be normal mint flavour. Superdrug's Total Care Mouthwash comes in both flavours, and the claims are identical for both. I've bought bottles of both on many occasions.
The taste of the blue variant is no different to many other generic 'coolmint' mouthwashes I've tried, in other words, yucky! I am good though, and make sure I swill it around my mouth for the requisite time.
I use mouthwash twice a day, after brushing, and a 500ml bottle of this product normally lasts me a month. Paradoxically, this is longer than some other mouthwash products as I don't like the taste and use less per use than of other flavours.
Regarding the claims for the product, it certainly hasn't harmed my teeth and gums, although I haven't noticed any remineralising or strengthening of my Pepsi Max-damaged teeth. Perhaps the effect is only obvious over very long-term use.
Affects on freshening my breath and fighting germs are debatable. I know that my mouth doesn't feel as fresh after using this mouthwash as it does after using other similar products. It also doesn't get rid of any prolonged yucky taste I may have from medications I have to take (for example the hideously bitter taste of paracetamol tablets I couldn't swallow fast enough!).
In conclusion, this is at best, a middling quality mouthwash in my opinion. Whilst it's nice to have the strengthening and remineralising claims, which many mouthwashes don't carry, the taste of the coolmint variant is horrible and neither this nor the green variant seem to have much impact on freshening my mouth up. It's also not the cheapest generic mouthwash by a long shot, so it's only one I buy in a real pinch.
I am really fussy about my oral hygiene and hate the thought of bad breath! I use a mouthwash after brushing my teeth always to help keep plaque levels down as much as possible and to of course fend off smells as I do like spicy food.
This in Superdrug costing a mere 50p a bottle seemed worth a try but I didn't expect very much from it at all considering its mini price tag. I usually spend a lot more on a product such as this but thought like I said that it was very much worth a go when my funds were running low!
The plain see-through bottle holds 500ml of the light blue coloured liquid and it has a push and twist white plastic safety lid/cap to the top of it. On the front of the bottle it has a blue label with a silver squiggle pattern on there and we are told that it is Superdrug Totalcare Coolmint Mouthwash 'Helps fight tooth decay, fight plaque, freshen breath and to keep gums healthy'. On the white back label other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and directions for use are given, warnings and ingredients are listed along with the size being given and contact details for Superdrug are also stated. Simple, cheap looking bottle this is but its robust enough, simple to use the cap (to measure the mouthwash into if you want to) and the label is informative as it needs to be.
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Given On The Back Of The Bottle:
Superdrug Totalcare Coolmint Mouthwash has been specially formulated to help fight plaque and leave your mouth feeling clean and refreshed.
Active ingredients help to:
Protect teeth and gums against the build up of plaque
Strengthen tooth enamel and fight tooth decay
Leave your mouth feeling clean and refreshed, with a cool minty flavour
The Mouthwash Itself:
Well all you do to use this is to fill the cap up (which is provided as the lid on the bottle) with some undiluted mouthwash and gargle with it after brushing your teeth for up to 60 seconds and spit it out and you can use this up to twice a day if you want to.
The liquid is of course is blue and transparent and smells and tastes of spearmint. It's very sweet indeed but very minty and perfectly pleasant in flavour without taking your breath away.
It leaves the mouth fresh, doesn't leave a greasy residue or film in the mouth and the fresh tastes wears off after a few minutes.
Yes this does freshen the breath temporarily though doesn't completely get rid of garlic smells and hefty stinks for good but it does disguise smells for a while. Teeth do feel a little cleaner and plaque free after using it and I do think it stops the feeling of plaque build up in my mouth. I can't vouch of course for it keeping gums healthy as such but I haven't had any gum problems since using this for the past couple of months!
All in all this is a cheap and cheerful mouthwash that works pretty good for me and my needs and its cheap!
Only available in Superdrug costing 50p a bottle.