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If youíve ever had sensitive teeth youíll know what I mean when I say youíll try most things to get rid of it. Who wants to find themselves wincing when they tuck into icecream on a sunny day? Whereís the fun into having to ask for a straw ever time you order a drink to prevent shooting tooth pain? When my teeth were at their worst, I would gasp with pain if I breathed cold air in too quickly.
Over a period of months, I tried toothpaste after toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth, but found that upon finishing the tube, there was no improvement. I tried Colgate, Macleans, Aquafresh Ė all the big names.
About 2 years ago, though, I discovered Arm and Hammer Enamel Care toothpaste.I wasnít sure about it at first, because the packaging made it look like it would be quite tough on my teeth, what with the huge muscular arm brandishing a hammer, and its promise to whiten my teeth by three shades. Generally, whitening processes are not good for sensitive teeth. But as I say, I was desperate, and I gave it a go.
The box that the product comes in is obviously designed purely to make it easier to stack on shelves as it doesnít tell you much more than whatís on the tube inside. Itís a traditional squeezy tube with a screw cap.
The paste itself is very firm, much heavier than most toothpastes. On cold days it is actually very difficult to get out of the tube as it becomes quite hard, but this doesnít seem to affect its performance. When you first use it, the taste is very strange. Itís quite bitter and whilst it does taste minty, it also has a sort of chemical undertone. At first this really put me off, but after a week or so I got used to it and now I actually prefer it to other toothpastes. I think this is because after youíve finished brushing, it leaves your mouth feeling extremely fresh Ė sort of tingly and cold. My teeth, gums and tongue feel much cleaner than they do if I use any other toothpaste. The product doesnít really foam as much as other toothpastes but again you get used to it and you do still feel like it reaches everywhere in your mouth.
After maybe a week of using this product I found that my tooth sensitivity had almost entirely disappeared. The makers claim that this toothpaste works by fixing the root cause of sensitivity, blocking the pathways to the exposed nerves. Other toothpastes, they say, only numb the area temporarily. Of course, Iíve no way of knowing whether this is true or not, but what I do know is that I feel a lot more confident now that if I bite into an icecream, the only thing Iíll feel is refreshed.
As for the whitening claims: I do tend to get compliments about how white my teeth are, but Iím not sure whether this is to do with the toothpaste or not as I donít drink tea or coffee or smoke, which seem to be the main causes of staining. As other reviews have mentioned, there are other ways to whiten your teeth such as using this productís star ingredient: baking soda.
At the moment this toothpaste would set you back £3.22 in Boots. I know that sounds quite expensive but itís definitely worth keeping an eye out as Iíve seen it on offer tons of times and I tend to stockpile it when I get the opportunity. You can pick it up half price quite often. However, a word of warning: I once picked up 3 tubes of this in a pound shop, thinking Iíd got a brilliant bargain because the wording on the packaging was in a different language (Arabic, I think). When I started using it though, it was obvious that this was not the same product as the consistency of the paste was completely different. So if it seems like too much of a bargain Ė it just might be!
If I could, I would give this product 4.5 stars because I appreciate that itís out of some peopleís budget and the taste is really quite odd at first. But for me, it has made such a difference in my day to day life that I canít help but give it 5 stars. Itís my miracle cure! The taste doesnít take long to get used to at all, and if youíre not willing to pay full price for it then there are regular offers that you can take advantage of. Iím absolutely willing to pay £3+ for it and have done in the past but you donít need to if you donít want to.
I have a tube of this . . . it lasts ages because I use very little at one time, and I use an electric toothbrush . . . I'm sure I bought mine at a surprisingly low price at Asda (in Cannock) . . . I think it might have been when they were clearing stock prior to the major stocktaking exercise
. . . ♥ ~ Jesi ~ ♥
RICHADA 09.10.2011 22:30
I may well try this one, different toothpastes certainly work differently on different people. a very good review. R.
catsholiday 09.10.2011 13:32
I like this brand too as it doesn't froth as much and makes my teeth feel really clean
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baking soda toothpaste that restores surface enamel by filling in crevices caused by acid erosion with patented Liquid CalciumTM technology, for healthy, strong, smooth white teeth. Dull & stained enamel -> Baking Soda cleans & whitens-> Liquid CalciumTM fills in crevices -> Smoother glossier whiter teeth A baking soda toothpaste which gives you: Baking soda to gently clean away plaque and stains Patented liquid calcium technology fills in tooth surfaces to naturally restore lost surface enamel for whiter teeth Fluoride to remineralise and strengthen teeth Arm & Hammer - The Standard of Purity