Let’s start this off by clarifying that the spotlight for this review is solely on the Original formula of SmartMouth mouthwash–an option I came to know about from a TV commercial. My aim is to keep my views straightforward and impartial, outlining both the commendable and less impressive aspects that I’ve noticed.
What Makes SmartMouth Stand Out: Active Ingredients and Features
SmartMouth believes in tackling bad breath from the roots with their proprietary two-liquid formula. The first of these is the Sulfur Eliminating Solution, designed to annihilate sulfur gases–the perpetrators behind offensive breath. The second part, the Zinc Ion Activating Solution, releases zinc ions that inhibit oral bacteria from feasting on protein particles which, if left unchecked, could create the sulfur gases we so despise.
This science-backed approach feels refreshing and unique compared to the simplistic solutions offered by many other brands. I personally appreciate the alcohol-free composition which removes the burning sensation often associated with mouthwashes. The oral rinse being paraben-free is another check in the positivities list. Also, for those who have concerns about fluoride, SmartMouth assuages worries as all their mouth rinses are fluoride-free.
Let’s Talk About Packaging and Usability
The mouthwash contains two distinct liquids – a green one and a clear one which are meant to be mixed right before use to ensure the most effective results. Though novel, the design of the packaging leaves room for improvement, with the green liquid consistently outpacing the clear during dispensing which leads me to question whether I’m getting the ideal mixture.
Dispensing issues aside, the packaging is also problematic for carrying around due to leakage. My workaround? I pour the two fluids into separate travel size bottles when on the go. In the defense of SmartMouth, they do offer 0.6 oz travel packs for travel convenience, but I expected more for the premium price point.
The Aspect of Taste, Flavors, and Mouthfeel
SmartMouth Original has a pleasing, mild mint flavor that never overpowers. Though accompanied by a mild hydrogen peroxide taste and a hint of metallic aftertaste (most likely due to the zinc), it doesn’t bother me a lot. Thankfully, it lacks the harsh alcohol taste and doesn’t feel as burning as other mouthwashes like Listerine, which can be overpowering. Yet, a slight downside is a possible stain on your tongue and teeth after usage.
Does it Really Work?
The Original activated mouthwash really shines when it comes to its primary function — eliminating bad breath. Use it before bedtime, and you wake up with breath so fresh, it’s surprising. No more morning breath; this mouthwash keeps the mouth fresh for about 6-8 hours. Swirl it around for a good 30 seconds before spitting it out.
Adding this rinse to your regimen after meals can help curtail bad breath throughout the day. But as a word of advice, if you’ve had coffee, give it a half-hour before using the mouthwash. Our beloved caffeine does not play well with mouthwash right after consumption.
However, I do have a concern. With a pH ranging between 5.0 and 5.43, the solutions are slightly acidic. This might inadvertently create an environment favoring bacterial growth, leading to other potential oral issues.
Is it Worth the Price?
Now, the price point might raise some eyebrows. Being pricier than most mouthwashes out there, the question arises — is SmartMouth worth it? Though premium-priced, the effectiveness and dental benefits it offers make a strong case for itself. The Original formula costs roughly $11 for a 16-ounce bottle, and you can get a more potent Clinical version for around $14.
If you’re a frequent traveler, SmartMouth has convenient travel packs with 10 packets at roughly $12 which make it easy to maintain oral hygiene even on the move.
In conclusion, SmartMouth is a reliable mouthwash that ticks a lot of boxes, and despite its price-point and packaging drawbacks, continues to be a solid choice for maintaining oral hygiene. The Original Activated Mouthwash does what it says — it significantly improves breath freshness and helps you feel more confident about your oral hygiene. With some improvements in packaging and potentially the acidity level, this product could certainly become unbeatable.
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