Pros: great product, fast results
I first saw this product in a Walgreen's circular as a "free after rebate" product. Being an avid couponer, I always take notice of something I can get for free or almost free even if I couldn't use it myself. I often donate free or almost free items like this to our local women's shelter to help out.
Since it would cost me nothing-after the rebate-, I decided to purchase a bottle of Orajel Antiseptic Mouth Sore Rinse. It was fairly hard to find. I went to a couple of Walgreen's before I found it and even then only found one of the 16-ounce bottles left. The price was $7.99, which I thought was fairly high for what I thought might be just a glorified mouthwash but I bought it anyway.
When I took the time to read the uses for the rinse I found that I was wrong. It was not just a mouthwash but a product to "promote the healing of canker sores, gum irritations, cheek bites and denture irritations and other irritations of the mouth and gums". It also "aids in the removal of phlegm, mucus and other secretions associated with occasional sore mouth".
Lately I'd had problems with a slight bleeding of the gums when I brushed so I decided to use the product myself and donate something else. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was effective in healing whatever problem I had that caused my bleeding gums.
The instructions recommend that one-half capful of the rinse be used up to four times daily--after meals and at bedtime by adults or children two years old and older. For use in younger children, a doctor or dentist should be consulted first. The rinse should be held in the mouth for at least one minute and caution should be taken not to swallow. There is also a caution not to use the product for more than seven days unless told to do so by a doctor or dentist. A dentist or doctor should be consulted if symptoms persist or worsen after seven days of use.
The active ingredient in this product is hydrogen peroxide, which accounts for the foamy reaction when the rinse is used. The taste is not unpleasant--a kind of sweet, minty taste that freshens the mouth after use. The bottle has a child-resistant cap but I found that it didn't work after the first few times.
The rinse produced positive results very quickly. After using it for about two days, I noticed the difference. The pink color I'd seen on my toothbrush started to go away. By the time I used the product for a week, the pink was gone completely.
I would recommend Orajel Antiseptic Mouth Sore Rinse to anyone who has minor mouth irritations. Of course, for more serious problems, a dentist should be seen immediately. Although the price might seem a little higher at first, I think it is well worth it for the results.