Bad breath is something we all worry about. You can have great oral hygeine and still have bad breath. In most cases bad breath (Halitosis) is caused by the presence of oral bacteria. But there are plenty of other casuses, too. It might have to do with something you ate. If you’re a mouth breather, your mouth can dry out and lack of saliva can cause bad breath. Obviously, so can smoking, and alcohol. If you’re sick, you may be breathing through your mouth and (without sounding indelicate) the mucus can make your mouth taste bad as well as make your breath, smelly. Dentures, periodontal disease and a host of other things can make your breath, bad.
Brushing your teeth and visiting your dentist regularly will help, but for those times when you need to be sure your breath won’t offend someone, a mouth wash is the most tried and true “quick fix.” Mouth mouth washes are strong tasting and they and they coat your mouth and kill odor causing bacteria — for a time. But Smart Mouth , a product of Triumph Pharmaceuticals, is a two-bottle system that claims to last so long, you can sleep for 12 hours and wake up without morning breath. Rinse in the morning and your breath should be fresh all day. Rinse at night, wake up without smothering your partner with halitosis.
This all sounds great, so I tried it. When I opened the box, I realized that this isn’t an all-in one product. You get two separate bottles, from which you must pump four pumps of each liquid into a cup before swishing it in your mouth for about 30 seconds. Each bottle holds 8 fl oz per solution.
I normally wouldn’t want to fuss with this, but I am a reviewer, it’s my job to try it. And, any product that really does keep breath fresh for up to 12 hours is worth a little extra effort. So I pumped, and I swished…and I spit….
I liked the soft mint taste (there is a cinnamon which I didn’t try). I found this mouthwash to be much more pleasant than the strong, medicinal mint mouth washes. This one is also alcohol-free, and doesn’t burn, It’s also safe for diabetics and for children over 6 years of age. But all that aside, the thing that supposedly helps keep your breath fresher, longer, is a zinc ion technology. When you combine the ingredients in bottle #1 with the ingredients in bottle #2, the combined solution prevents germs form producing new bad breath gases. I’m not quite sure how it works, but for those who must know what is in a product, here is a list of ingredients for the Mint flavor of SmartMouth Mouthwash:
Mint Solution 1 Ingredients: Purified Water, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Chlorite, Benzoic Acid.
Mint Solution 2 Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycerin, Poloxamer 407, Propylene Glycol, Poloxamer 124, Zinc Chloride, Flavor, Sodium Benzoate, Benzoic Acid, Sodium Saccharin, Sodium Chloride, Benzyl Alcohol, D&C Yellow No. 10, FD&C Blue No. 1.
According to the information I found, each bottle is goof for 15 days if used twice a day, or 30 uses. At around $10-$13.00 per bottle, that didn’t sound too bad, although there are certainly less expensive mouth washes. But my main issue is with the delivery system. If you travel, you simply cannot take two large pump bottles of mouthwash with you. And I have a small bathroom with limited storage space. Two bottles of anything takes up more space than I have, and makes my husband very irritated because he hates clutter! There are mint, and on-the-go packettes available of SmartMouth but they seem to run about $5.00 for 10 packettes so that’s $2.00 a packette, or $4.00 per day.
Still, I tried the product and felt that it did deliver fresh breath–even overnight. Some dissenters claimed it didn’t keep their breath fresh (not sure for how long) or it dried out their mouths. It didn’t dry out my mouth or leave an unpleasant taste, and it didn’t burn. I liked the taste more than strong, irritating, medicinal mint that is is most mouth washes. Like so many products, how you feel about it is highly personal. If bath breath is an issue for you, it’s definitely worth a try. I didn’t try the SmartMouth Toothpaste, Gum and Mints but for travel, these could be very useful.
If you want to check out SmartMouth you can visit the SmartMouth Web Site or find it at a number of drug stores and mass market retailers. For questions or comments, Call 1-800-492-7040
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