It seems that we have entered an era of experimentation in the dental industry as there have recently been a lot of innovative, creative and strange dental products hitting the market. One of these products is Mouthwash Tabs by Lush. Lush Mouthwash Tabs are tablets that you pop in your mouth and mix with water to clean your mouth, like a solid mouthwash. While the idea is certainly interesting and has grabbed the attention of a lot of people, there still remains the question as to whether or not these Mouthwash Tabs actually work and do just as much good if not more good as regular liquid mouthwash. That’s what we’re here to find out.
The logic behind this product is pretty sound, although it might seem somewhat arbitrary to just turn mouthwash into a pill. When using liquid mouthwash, you don’t use the same amount consistently and many people might use too much or too little, which doesn’t give them the benefits that mouthwash should. So, Lush designed their Lush Mouthwash Tabs to contain the perfect concentration of ingredients to help you make the most out of your mouthwash and, depending on how much water you mix them with, you can decide the strength of the taste. Another benefit of using Lush Mouthwash Tabs instead of liquid mouthwash is the reduced amount of waste. People that take big gulps of liquid mouthwash when they use it can burn their way through a bottle quite quickly, which means that they throw away more plastic mouthwash bottles than necessary. Lush Mouthwash Tabs come in a recycled and recyclable bottle that contains exactly 80 tablets. As a result, there is little risk of people using excessive amounts of mouthwash and creating more waste and the compact tablet from means that a smaller bottle of concentrated tablets has a lot more uses in it than a large bottle full of liquid. The Lush Mouthwash Tabs are also useful because you can easily use them on the go to freshen your breath and you can easily fit them in a bag or pocket.
Many reviews of the Lush Mouthwash Tabs comment first on the strangeness of them. When you place the tablet on your tongue and take a sip of water, the tablet fizzes and dissolves, which can feel quite strange at first. These tablets can also taste quite bitter due to their high concentration of ingredients; however, you can reduce the strength of the tablets’ flavour by taking a larger sip of water and diluting the mixture in your mouth. The Lush Mouthwash Tabs also come in several different flavours: Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster has a hint of lemon, Ugai contains tea tree and sea salt and Crème de Menthe is a strong mint.
The main problem with the Lush Mouthwash Tabs is that they are not designed to have the same benefits as liquid mouthwash. While many liquid mouthwashes are designed to fight plaque, reduce infection and promote gum health, Lush Mouthwash Tabs are only designed to freshen your breath and so lack the right amount of beneficial ingredients and cannot replace traditional mouthwash in your daily brushing routine. What is also concerning about Lush Mouthwash Tabs is some of the ingredients, including citric and malic acid. While Lush announced that their Mouthwash Tabs would not negatively affect the pH balance of your mouth and so should not erode your enamel, these ingredients can still make some people feel uncomfortable about using this product.
Overall, while Lush Mouthwash Tabs are a clever way to address the issue of excessive waste that the dental industry is responsible for, it does not have much value as part of your daily oral health routine. If you are travelling or out and about, they can be useful for freshening your breath, but they cannot clean your teeth. If you are looking for a mouthwash to improve your oral health, look at our best mouthwash options or read our other product reviews.