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Can anyone recommend a mouthwash that doesn't give the feeling of having gargled with paint stripper? I have a recurring problem of sore gums and mouth ulcers. Listerine and Colgate are too aggressive. The smell of Glyco Thymol reminds me too much of a miserable great-aunt of mine, so that makes me shudder too. Sensible suggestions please. 

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genie-382498 1446025584

salt water gargle - if you research on line for home remedies for mouthwash there are loads but the salt/warm water works fine for me


moi-383589 1446025994

Make your own

-2 lemons
-1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 ½ teaspoons of honey
-1 cup of warm water (hot enough to melt the honey)
-A bottle or jar with a tight fitting lid

Mix it all together, put in the container, shake before using 1-2 tbsps-swish round mouth for 1-2 mins.I've used it with and without the honey-it works!

night&day 1446027396

Sounds delicious Moi, even better with a splosh of bushmills I should think

Fitter 1446029970

MOH and her sister back in the Uk have had the same problem form time to time with sore mouth etc.

The stuff that works for them is from the pharmacy off prescription.

MOH takes it over for her sister as it's not available in the UK.

hussar 1446031839

Did you ,know that most of the mouthwashes on the market were developed for athletes foot.

Fitter 1446032061


orme2 1446034481

Re the sore gums - a few years ago I started getting sore gums and it got to the stage where I had blisters on them.  I had treatment (mouthwashes etc) from the dentist and that worked, but the problem came back afterwards.

After a little searching on the internet, I found out that a lot of people have, or develop, an allergy to a product which is found in lots of toothpastes - sodium lauryl sulfate.  It might be worth your while checking your toothpaste to see if it contains this substance.  If so, try a few weeks with a toothpaste that doesn't contain it.  That's what I did and I haven't had any problems since.

btw.  sodium lauryl sulfate is apparently a foaming agent - it is also present in the products they use for cleaning garage floors!


noblesse-404553 1446037385

I use this mouthwash

and the toothpaste

as recommended by my dentist.

You can use the mouthwash without flavouring, or add the sachet of flavouring packed seperately in the box. The toothpaste has a nice, but not overwhelming, taste and doesn't foam excessively when you brush your teeth.

John E 1446039515

Funny you should mention that Hussar as I've recently developed athletes mouth.


Fitter 1446051076

 Sodium lauryl sulfate is a major ingredient in just about every shampoo, shower gel, and hand soap that you can  buy and yes problems with allergy to it have been widely reported.

Fish24 1446054020

Oh dear, but so sorry I can't help with your poblem, MrsOVLG!

Long live the British sense of humour.  Cheered me up no end!

MrsOverallagain 1446056728

Thank you all for your replies. I shall try the home-made recipe before buying the one from Boots. Interesting to hear the sodium lauryl sulphate thread. A quick look at my toothpaste shows it as an ingredient. 

Johne - just stop putting your foot in your mouth should cure that!

night&day - but Bushmills would give it the alcohol sting and awful taste of commercial mouthwash.  Just what I was trying to avoid. 

001sugarplum 1446108882

I use the Listerene sans alchool. It's a bit more expensive than the others but it doesn't make you retch. 

MrsOverallagain 1448798379

I may be being hasty, but using toothpaste without SLS seems to be doing the trick. No sore gums recently. This is after years of trouble and treatment including a biopsy (which I wouldn't recommend to anyone).

Noblesse & orme2: I found a homeopathic toothpaste called Homeocaryl at the pharmacie that fits the bill. 

moi: not sure about the idea of rinsing around my teeth with acid and sugar - but I'm sure it tastes delicious. 

Many thanks to all those who replied. 

orme2 1448810277

Glad to hear that things have improved and thanks for the info about the toothpaste.


moi-383589 1448812326

Glad you sorted the problem.

Obviously lemon and honey ingredients are used in many ways and rinsing the mouth with water thoroughly afterwards causes no problems-as well as not brushing teeth soon after. Presumably you've eliminated all sugar and acid products from your mouth as well now so a double whammy there too.


plouyepaul 1448838431

I would advise anyone who uses these types of industrial mouthwash products to stop using them. Buy a small bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide, available in France as Eau Oxygénée and is usually 3%. The percentage is important, too strong and it will burn your mouth. I buy 30% but it is becoming difficult to find in quantity, I always bought 5 litre containers, at this strength it will burn your skin quite badly and would be very dangerous. However if you dilute it down to 1% it will provide all the benefits of industrial mouthwashes with none of the chemical contamination. In my honest opinion I agree with research done last year proving that rinsing well with plain (albeit by no means harmless) tap water. The action of vigorous rinsing is more important than the mouthwash ingredients.

Not sure about the athletes foot by the way but it was definitely marketed as a surgical antispetic!

MrsOverallagain 1456741405

Four months on and not a single blister on my gums!! Thank you ORME2 for that information about sodium lauryl sulphate. I'm sure that must have been the cause of so many years of misery - it would have been useful if the dental hospital had known about it. Thanks also to Noblesse for the toothpaste recommendation - pricy but it works. 

orme2 1456753073

Good news!  Thanks for letting us know.


Fabianne 1456753409

Aldi's own brand of mouthwash with pale blue top. Called Viofluor Bain de douche Sensitive. It is just what you are looking for

sunshinedays 1457723245

Eludril from the pharmacy. It is an antibacterial and helps prevent plaque and gum disease

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