Product: Crest Vivid White Fluoride Toothpaste in Refreshing Mint
Use: A whitening toothpaste
Price: $3.99 for a 4.1 oz tube
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I have a slight obsession with teeth. Itâ€™s not freaky or scary or potentially debilitating (I hope), but I have to admit to loving vigorous flossing and Sonicare brushing a little too much. It hasnâ€™t always been this way. It started when I met my current dentist Dr. Y – a total character and diva extraordinaire. When I first sat in her dentist’s chair she immediately asked me who made my suit (it was bebe.) She then told me to check out the Versace store down the street – â€œThey have similar cuts in their clothing and itâ€™s very flattering for petite women. Plus, I get a discount!â€ Just when I thought that I met the coolest dentist ever, she frightened the bejeebus out of me by giving me a totally scary lecture on the importance of gum health. There were many, many, many frightening pictures of gingivitis and swollen gums. It ainâ€™t pretty, folks. Iâ€™ve been touting the virtues of mint floss ever since.
A few months ago when I told Dr. Y I was getting married the first thing she said was, â€œCongratulations! Is this your first?â€ She was the only person who had that reaction, but then again sheâ€™s been married three times. But whose keeping track? The next thing she said was that for my wedding gift sheâ€™d hook me up with Zoom teeth whitening. Woo hoo!
The process of Zoom whitening itself was pretty painful – and to be blogged about in sordid detail in a future post – but in the end I got a set of really nice, white teeth. However, the teeth whitening was in June so itâ€™s been a while. Iâ€™ve started to do things to keep my teeth from re-staining, like drinking coffee and red wine with a straw (I know, I know, itâ€™s kinda tacky-looking in public but I donâ€™t care!) but I still noticed in the past few months that they arenâ€™t as white as they used to be.
I asked one of my best friends, Mary Anne, a superb dentist as well and all around cool gal (sorry fellas, sheâ€™s taken), and she recommended Crest Vivid White Fluoride Toothpaste in Refreshing Mint. Mary Anne told me that itâ€™s probably the best whitening toothpaste you can get at the drugstore, and after three weeks of use I have to agree – this stuff is the shizz for getting those canines white!
The formula doesnâ€™t make my teeth feel tingly or weird. It has a refined mint taste. The biggest pro: it actually works. The whitening effect is subtle yet noticeable. Granted, if youâ€™ve been smoking for 20 years and sip coffee through your front teeth I donâ€™t know how white your teeth are gonna get. Itâ€™s a tube of toothpaste, not a Christmas miracle, people.
Itâ€™s pricy for toothpaste. My good old standby toothpaste, Colgate Total, is the same price for a tube thatâ€™s twice a big, but ultimately I donâ€™t mind because I donâ€™t use a lot and it works really well.