I have been using Walmart’s Equate Anti-Cavity Fluoride Rinse for years and before that, I was using ACT Fluoride Rinse. Both mouthwashes are designed to help reduce and prevent cavities when used in accordance with a comprehensive oral care routine. I use an anti-cavity mouthwash because I obviously want to avoid cavities. Additionally though, I would like to use an anti-plaque and anti-gingivitis mouthwash. Although the toothpaste I use, Colgate Total Plus Whitening, is designed to fight plaque and gingivitis among other things, I feel that using an anti-plaque and anti-gingivitis mouthwash would be beneficial.
I do not want to use Listerine because of the alcohol which burns and leaves my mouth feeling dry and unpleasant. My search for a mouthwash that could help fight off plaque and gingivitis led me to the Crest Pro-Health Rinse product. It seemed to be the mouthwash that I had been hoping to find as it supposedly did all the things that I wanted a secondary mouthwash to do and it supposedly did those things without relying on alcohol. I purchased the Cool Wintergreen variety for two dollars and fifty cents.
This is a mouthwash that is supposed to be used twice a day, so I used it in the morning and at night, too. For the first couple of days, I did not mind using the mouthwash. As promised by Crest and on the bottle, there was no burning sensation. Thus, I had no problem whatsoever keeping the mouthwash in my mouth for the recommended amount of time. One thing that I noticed though was that this mouthwash dulled my ability to taste foods and drinks. Even after hours had passed since I last used the mouthwash, I would notice that the food I was eating or the drink that I was consuming just did not taste as good as it usually did. This would happen with what I was eating and drinking for lunch, but not dinner, since by then, my ability to fully taste was back again. This was something that I was willing to put up with if it meant the mouthwash was doing its job and fighting gingivitis and plaque.
What I was not willing to put up with though was the painful and numerous oral sores that soon developed not on my gums, but along the interior walls of my mouth after using this mouthwash for three or so days. The sores in my mouth hurt terribly when I talked, ate or drank something. As soon as I noticed these sores, I stopped using the mouthwash because I felt that was the most likely cause of the oral sores. It turns out that it was the mouthwash because about four days after I stopped using the mouthwash, the sores disappeared. I was glad too because if I had them for much longer, I was going to make an appointment to see a dentist. After that incident, I never touched the Crest mouthwash again as I did not want to risk another outbreak. Getting through those days with those sores in my mouth was not easy and I did not want to find myself reliving those days.
Whether or not Crest Pro-Health Rinse works as an anti-plaque and anti-gingivitis mouthwash is not something I can answer. I only used the mouthwash for about a half of a week before painful oral sores developed in various spots alongside the interior walls of my mouth. I stopped using the mouthwash and the sores went away on their own, so I think it is highly likely the mouth sores were caused by the Crest mouthwash. I will not touch another Crest mouthwash product after what happened. I will just have to keep looking for a good anti-plaque and anti-gingivitis mouthwash.