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Brand: Arm & Hammer / Type: Toothpaste / Texture: Gel / Whitening Product

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      11.08.2013 12:31
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      It's OK - not as great as expected, but OK...

      I love to take care of my teeth and although my usual choice of toothpaste is Colgate I'll often change things around if I spot a new toothpaste available, or if I see a 'too good to miss' special offer on another brand. This is how I came to be using Arm & Hammer Extra Whitening toothpaste this time around, after spotted lots of damaged boxes in Boots reduced to 75p (from something like £1.90) - I didn't go mad even though it was a bargain and only bought two tubes, one for myself and the other to go up into the top bathroom for my eldest daughters to use.

      On the tube this toothpaste claims it will whiten my teeth gently and give them a brilliant sparkle, I've used Arm & Hammer in the past and have always been impressed with their toothpaste so I saw no reason to doubt this - I was also happy with the addition of baking soda into the toothpaste as I find tooth care products which contain this ingredient are generally of excellent quality and do a fabulous job of keeping my teeth in tip top condition.

      You don't need to use a huge amount on your brush to clean your teeth adequately, it doesn't foam to a massive degree when you brush (thankfully as I hate to end up with a mouthful of bubbles) and tastes reasonably nice. The flavour is decidedly minty but it doesn't have the fresh taste I'm used to when brushing with Colgate, it smells of quite a harsh mint but don't let that put you off as it doesn't taste anywhere near as minty as it smells and is more subtle.

      Brushing with the toothpaste is pleasant enough but I find it doesn't leave my teeth feeling sparkly smooth and clean as Colgate does, the whitening effects are good and after using this toothpaste with my electric toothbrush I can notice a difference in the shininess of my teeth. I wouldn't say they have much more of a 'brilliant sparkle' than after a Colgate brushing but there's a definite shine which wasn't as apparent before. I had a tooth ache recently and could tell it was going to wear off by itself as long as I left my teeth alone so as I wasn't going out that day I decided to leave off brushing my teeth that morning to give my sore gum time to heal, obviously by teatime my mouth was feeling quite grotty despite using mouthwash to freshen my breath so I whipped out my toothbrush and Arm & Hammer to give my teeth the deep clean they were yearning for - looking forward to being able to run my tongue across my teeth and encounter only a glass-like smooth surface.

      Erm... disappointed. While my teeth feel spotlessly clean after brushing with Arm & Hammer Extra Whitening they don't smooth out as beautifully as when I use Colgate, my mouth just doesn't feel so fresh and despite the brightening effects I've got to say I'm quite irritated by this lack of smoothness on my teeth as this for me is what epitomises a good brushing session. Also I noticed when I had my brush on the 'Deep Clean' setting I could smell and taste a vague sensation of burning, when I asked my friends daughter (who is training to be a dental nurse) she said this is common with toothpastes that contain a high level of baking soda when used in conjuction with a powerful electric toothbrush - apparently it's not as destructive to the teeth as it smells, but makes me wonder whether I'm burning away the stains rather then 'gently' removing them as claimed on the Arm & Hammer tube? I don't like it, I know that, and for this reason tend not to use this toothpaste very often and now only with a manual brush.

      Overall I'm happy that the toothpaste does what it claims, but I personally like my teeth to feel smoother than this leaves them and also would prefer it if it made my mouth feel as fresh as Colgate - which unfortunately it doesn't, and I have to use a mouthwash as a matter of course after brushing which I don't always do. My teeth look marginally whiter (as they do anyway these days since I gave up smoking) but no better than when I use my usual Colgate Whitening toothpaste, I love the shine left when I use Arm & Hammer but this diminishes as soon as I eat or drink anything anyway so isn't really a deciding factor as to whether I should purchase again. Personally I won't buy this again as I feel I'm doing more for the appearance and health of my teeth when I use other products, but I know lots of people love Arm & Hammer (I like some of their other variants) so as ever with this kind of product it's a case of try it out for yourself and see how you get on.

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        09.08.2013 13:00
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        A top quality toothpaste, and for me worth paying extra for.

        Arm & Hammer is a world renowned brand in oral care, and their reputation for being amongst the best is well founded.

        I noticed this toothpaste on offer at asda for £1 a few weeks ago, so decided to give it a go. As a smoker I try to compensate for the damage smoking does by always using whitening toothpastes, but I generally find the difference isn't really noticeable with most brands.

        The toothpaste is in the traditional tube with screw on lid, which I much prefer to the 'flip lids' which seem to be fashionable these days, and usually result in dried, crusty toothpaste all over the top!! The tube has the famous Arm & Hammer logo on, in addition to the usual blurb and ingredients, nothing ground breaking to see really.

        The toothpaste itself has quite a unique flavour I think. It's minty, but much less overpowering than most brands, who seem intent on blowing your head off with the flavour such is its strength! This offering is nice and discreet, yet still refreshed the mouth and breath. I also noticed that it doesn't froth nearly as much as some toothpastes as you are brushing, so much easier and less mess than I usually make.

        After use, I found my mouth feeling fresh and my teeth feeling like they had been cleaned well, and protected. The active ingredient, which Arm & Hammer are famous for using, is baking soda, which I understand is a strong cleansing ingredient, and it appears to work! I find the after taste of the toothpaste to be pleasant as well, and it lasts a reasonable amount of time.

        Overall, this is a product which I have found to be noticeably better quality than other leading brands I have tried, and I will definitely use it more regularly now I've discovered it!!

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        29.05.2012 20:51
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        Whitens and brightens your teeth

        I have a dislike of toothpaste. Most I try make me feel really sick and even wretch while using them. I have tried several brands which all do the same to me but unfortunately toothpaste is a necessary evil. On a recent trip to Home Bargains I came across this toothpaste for just a £1. I remember my mum using this years ago and I can remember really liking the taste so I decided to try it.

        The toothpaste comes in a tube which contains 125ml of toothpaste. The main ingredient in this toothpaste is Arm and Hammer Baking Soda which is a famous brand in America. The toothpast also contains many of the other ingredients found in most other toothpastes. It contains 1100 ppm of fluoride. The toothpaste is suitable for the ages of 12 and over.

        The toothpaste describes itself as being low abrasion, deep cleaning, will control tartar build up, deeply clean the teeth and whiten them and it will also provide you with long lasting fresh breath.

        You use this toothpaste in the same way as any other and it is recommended that you brush your teeth after meals thoroughly if not at least twice a day.

        The toothpaste is white and foams up really well so you only need a small amount to clean your whole mouth. The first thing that I noticed about this toothpaste was the taste. It tastes heavily of bicarbonate of soda even though it is a mint toothpaste. I really like the taste I find it really refreshing and it reminds me of the taste left in my mouth after a clean at the dentist. It is however an acquired taste and I know that my partner finds it disgusting.

        After using this my whole mouth felt really fresh and clean. I also noticed after a few days my teeth were whiter. I suffer from staining because I use a lot of medicated mouthwash for mouth ulcers and a side effect of this is staining on the surface of the teeth. I found this toothpaste more effective than others at whitening, baking soda is well known as being gentle and effective at whitening the teeth. I have noticed since I have used this that the staining from my mouthwash isn't as bad and my teeth also look a lot shinier and cleaner.

        I love this toothpaste and I have since gone back and bought several tubes. I love this toothpaste and will be using it from now on.

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        21.07.2011 19:17
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        Not one I plan on buying again

        I never really stick to the same toothpaste, to be honest I don't like toothpaste as I am not really a fan of mint so I swap them frequently in the hope of finding something nicer. This toothpaste usually costs around £3.50 although I managed to pick it up for £2 when it was on offer otherwise I would never have paid for it.

        The toothpaste comes in a silver box which has a metallic finish to it, the name of the toothpaste is written in dark blue on a white background across the box with the arm and hammer logo next to the title. On the box it states that this gives long lasting fresh breath protection and that it is clinically proven to make teeth up to three times whiter.
        The ingredients are listed on the underneath of the box which are aqua, sodium bicarbonate, sorbitol, hydrated silica and glycerine to name the main ones. The toothpaste contains fluoride of 1100ppm and can be used by children under 7 as long as it is a pea sized amount and the child should be supervised whilst brushing to prevent swallowing of the toothpaste although I'm really not sure how this prevents it if they are going to swallow.

        Inside the box is a tube of the toothpaste which holds 75mls, it has a screw cap lid on it and the tube is very soft to make squeezing it to dispense the toothpaste easy. The toothpaste is white and quite thick so it doesn't run off your toothbrush and smells minty but not too strongly.
        There are a number of claims by the company, first of all the baking soda particles dissolve to gently clean away both surface and deep stains, I used a full tube of this product but can't really comment on this as I don't and didn't have stained teeth but I don't think it performed any better than other toothpastes I have used. The second thing it states about the toothpaste is that the baking soda neutralises odour causing compounds for long lasting breath protection, I found that having garlic the previous night my breath felt fresh after using the toothpaste although it doesn't leave a minty taste in your mouth like most do. Lastly it claims to safely polish with micropolishers for clinically proven 3 shades whiter teeth, I don't think my teeth got any whiter and although my teeth aren't very discoloured they could be whiter so really the toothpaste doesn't live up to this claim.

        I wasn't too keen on this toothpaste, it doesn't seem to foam very well when you use it, it tastes slightly minty but doesn't leave your mouth tasting minty afterwards, it has a chalky texture to the toothpaste which I didn't like and it certainly didn't whiten my teeth. Not recommended by me.

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        06.05.2011 18:05

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        Value for Money

        At first I was skeptical about purchasing it because I tried other whitening products and they did not work.
        However, because it was a trusted brand I bought it. It contains baking soda and claims to use micro-polishers and fine granules to make teeth three shades whiter. It whitened my teeth considerably. It removed yellow stains between my front teeth which I thought could only be removed by a dentist. Myself, family and friends have noticed the difference in about a week.

        At first I believed that it would have a salty taste because of the baking soda. I was pleasantly surprised when it had a slight minty taste. Too much baking soda in toothpaste can lead to tooth decay but they have found the right combination. It also lightly freshens my breath.

        My teeth and gums are also not sensitive after brushing. There are more affordable toothpastes that are very attractive but I am willing to spend the extra money on this product because I get good value for money.

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        27.04.2011 18:27
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        A great product that actually works. Tastes fine. All round fantastic product!

        So, a certian amount of skepticism is bound to be aroused by a statement like "3 Shades Whiter". I picked up the attractive packaging whilst in my local Boots store. Dental products were 3 for 2, so I popped it in along side my regular mouthwash and some floss.

        I had been previously told about the tase of Arm and Hammer toothpaste, how the mint is barely detectable among a gritty, almost salty bicarb overload. I braced myself on my fist try, expecting to have to rinse almost immediatley. The truth is, that this toothepaste tases absolultley fine. There was a hint of bicarb in the taste, but nothing offputting. Just a generic mint flavour.

        The texture is a little gritty, and not as foamy as other toothpastes, which to be honest I was glad of. There is no way of lookng glamorous when you've got two streams of frothy mintyness dribbling down the corners of your mouth. This product though, stayed firmly in the mouth.

        Once I had finished, I looked in the mirror. Was it wishful thinking, or had thoes tiny little coffe stains gotten that little bit more tiny? And that left upper cainine that is somehow permanently more yellowish than the others, had it gone a little whiter?

        I drew up the blinds and looked closer. Yes! This stuff had actually worked. My teeth felt exceptionally smooth, and my mouth felt really clean. I was thoroughly surprised.

        After a week of use, my teeth began to look better still, little by little. With regular use, this product has maintained a degree of whiteness that I have never experienced before from a toothpaste, even from specialist products like Pearl Drops.

        This product is pretty expensive, it has to be said, and with a household like mine, with my boyfriend and brother who squeeze the hell out of the tube and leave residue all over the cap, it might not be worth buying at all. BUT, praise be! I found this product one day whilst paroozing the lsles of a pound shop. I picked up 4 tubes, and kept them in my own bedroom.

        A great buy. I swear by this stuff!

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        18.11.2009 18:53
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        Best avoided!

        Arm & Hammer Extra Whitening Toothpaste

        Description: Brand: Arm & Hammer / Type: Toothpaste / Contains baking soda.



        A 75ml tube of this toothpaste cost me £2.45 from a local shop, this is more than I would normally pay for toothpaste but I was in a hurry and there were only a couple of brands to choose from. I selected this one because it was whitening, and it is the first time that I have tried anything from the Arm and Hammer brand.

        You will recognise this by the shiny blue and silver box it comes in, with the red logo on the front. You can buy it from most chemists and supermarkets.

        This toothpaste contains baking soda and it gives it a really strange taste and texture. It looks normal when you squeeze it onto the brush, and like any other white toothpaste. Then as soon as you start to brush your teeth, it feels like you are scrubbing them with something grainy.

        I found the taste of this quite unpleasant. It may have a slightly minty undertone to it but the baking soda overpowers it and that is all you can taste. I found myself brushing as quickly as possible as I couldn't wait to spit this out. It creates a slightly frothy sensation on your teeth which doesn't feel nice at all.

        After brushing, my mouth didn't seem to feel as clean as when I use normal toothpaste, and of course, I still had the nasty taste, which took a good few swills of mouthwash to get rid of. I found this so nasty that I bought new toothpaste the next day rather than use it again.

        So, the verdict....

        Unless you like the taste of baking soda (and who likes the taste of baking soda?!), you are unlikely to like this flavour, and it didn't leave my mouth feeling clean or fresh so I am not going to recommend that you try this, in fact, I recommend that you don't!

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          08.03.2009 17:30
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          overall one of the better whitening toothpastes

          This toothpaste is quite an old brand and usually more expensive than macleans, or colgate and the company have been around for around 150 years. However the price of this toothpaste has come down, and in tesco it is only 0.97 for a small tube, which is really good. There are a few varieties but I use the extra whitening one. I was a bit pessimistic about it, as a lot of these products claim to whiten teeth, yet you rarely notice the effects.

          This toothpaste is used like any other, simply apply a pea sized amount onto your toothbrush (prefably electric to get best results) and then brush as normal. You dont notice the whitening straight away, but it does leave your mouth feeling really clean, although not that minty so I usually use a mouthwash afterwards.

          After I had used this for about 2 weeks, people did start noticing, and I noticed after about a week myself. My teeth do look much whiter, probably by around 2 shades whiter, and are not sensitive.
          I will deifnately continue to use this toothpaste as I am really pleased with the results. Its not as effective as getting them professionally whitened, but for the price and minimum effort you can have whiter teeth within a couple of weeks.

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            04.03.2009 18:10
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            great product and currently on offer - even better!

            I have always been a bit of a stickler for whitening toothpaste - and am always trying out new products that promise to delver a Hollywood smile overnight! I actually already have very white teeth, but I maintain that this is because I always insist on using whitening toothpaste!

            Arm and Hammer always seemed to be a bit of a "posher" make, a step up from the usual colgate and macleans. However, i brought it from the pound shop and it is now available for only 97p from Tesco! So, i jumped at the offer and brought two. Ive been using it for a few months and the results are not miraculous but definitely satisfactory.

            All you have to do is apply a small amount to your toothbrush and brush away as you normally would. Arm and Hammer suggests that the bicarbonate of Soda is what makes this toothpaste so whitening as it "fizzes" off stains. I'm not entirely sure i'm convinced, but i'm always up for a gimmick!

            Im drinking a lot more coffee recently as winters been going on a lllooonnnggg time and im knackered! I'm also a bit of a part-time smoker and a lover of red wine, so really i should have quite yellowy teeth. However, as i said previously i'm pretty lucky and have quite white teeth. However, recently i have noticed more stains and this toothpaste seems to have lifted them right out. They're back to sparkling white. If you're not convinced there is a "whiteness scale" in the packet, where you can measure the level of lift the toothpaste gives you.

            The only con i would say about this toothpaste is that it doesnt foam up like other toothpaste and instead actually tastes quite grainy/powdery unless you really rinse your mouth out properly.

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              03.03.2009 22:45
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              A shame but the taste of the paste just finished it for me.

              Arm and Hammer toothpastes were first manufactured in America over 150 years ago and now they are widely available throughout the United Kingdom.
              More often than not I buy a branded toothpaste, I suppose the theory being that we only have our teeth once so we may as well try and take care of them. Cosmetic dentistry is booming now and more and more people are visiting private dental clinics to have their teeth straightened, whitened or veneered. If you watch the television closely it seems that everyone who appears regardless of their age is sporting a handsome set of pearly whites. Of course private dentistry is a very expensive venture and if you have unlimited means then the world is your oyster.
              Back to reality and for the most part we just have to take the greatest care of what we have.

              Many of us have some form of routine for our oral hygiene, electric toothbrushes are very fashionable, flossing helps remove debris before cleaning your teeth, there are shelves filled with mouthwashes and the majority of us visit the dentist on a regular basis for a check up.
              But for many of us as we get a little bit older discolored or yellowing teeth do become a problem and often we feel quite self conscious if we smile or laugh.
              In a recent newspaper article The British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry advised that many of the whitening kits that you can now buy could in fact cause more harm than good.

              I have bought and used the Theramed whitening toothpaste before now but is expensive at over £3 for a small tube, the results weren't by any means spectacular and when you load it onto your toothbrush and start brushing it feels really abrasive and I was concerned it would scrathc the enamel badly.

              Arm and Hammer Extra Whitening toothpaste is usually £1.99 a tube (75ml) but I picked up a tube in Tesco for 99p.
              The product contains baking soda which Arm and Hammer say can help reduce both surface and deeper stains and neutralise odour, giving longer lasting fresh breath. The micropolishers contained in the toothpaste claim to whiten teeth by three shades.

              The Arm and Hammer toothpaste squeezes out of the tube easily and the paste is as white as the driven snow.
              The smell is a combination of salty baking powder and mild mint.
              If I could sum up the taste of the paste in a couple of words I would say it was B**** A**** !!
              As the low abrasion formula hits your mouth it tastes like you have a mouthful of dry Andrews Liver Salts (some of you may not remember those!)
              I found it hard to keep the paste in my mouth for too long, the baking soda taste rushes through powerfully.

              So my experience of Arm and Hammer toothpaste was short lived!
              If I could have sttod the taste I would have persevered but that wasn`t to be.
              It is a popular toothpaste, it sells well and has many followers but sadly ue to the taste I am not one of them.

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                24.11.2008 17:42
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                Chuck the pearl drops, buy Arm & Hammer.

                When I was younger, I had severe bowel problems. At early stages of my life, doctors assumed that I would possibly require using a bag in later life. Fortunately, that is not the case now, it was simply a youth problem. (This possibly seems a little disturbing for readers, so I apologise, but this leads onto Arm & Hammer Whitening baking soda toothpaste, I promise!) So I was prescribed medicine, this was a black-coloured medicine, and tasted quite good! They warned us that this contained colourings, but was okay for my teeth. It wasn't until 7 years after taking the medicine, dentists realised my teeth were starting to yellow, I had been given a toothpaste, but I was told that the toothpaste I should have been used should have been MUCH stronger.

                As a result of this, I had yellow-tinted teeth, which was unattractive and unpleasant. For years I suffered with this, whitening never came to mind to be honest. I was heading off on holiday. I bought two toothpastes. One was Pearl drops, and the other White & Hammer.
                I knew pearl drops were supposed to be very good, but I had read a review on Arm & Hammers products which seriously convinced me to try the product.

                They were both £1.99 from my local Morrison's supermarket. I thought I would try the supposedly better toothpaste first, to start to me off, this was the Pearl Drops. In all honesty, I used the toothpaste for weeks, I saw a difference, but not what I thought it would have been. I seriously didn't want to open the Arm & Hammers toothpaste that early, but I was curios and wanted to give it a go.

                I found Pearl Drops was very runny, as if it sunk into the bottom of your toothbrush, and you couldn't get It to your teeth. But Arm & Hammer was different, it was like an actual paste. Arm & Hammer products contain baking soda, which is supposed to help the cleaning of teeth. The toothpaste had a stoney texture, perhaps that is not the best way to describe it, but when it entered your mouth, it felt as if it had bits of sugar scraping against your teeth, in a very pleasant way, I must ass. Don't panic, of course this isn't actually sugar! The best part, (well, second best really), is that it tastes so good. It has a more sweet than minty taste, I find a lot of toothpastes are drowned in mint, and make me shiver. I had no problem slowing the little remaining in my mouth, I assure you!

                But the real question, how does it compare with Pearl Drops, one of the leading brands?
                As mentioned before, I used pearl drops for several weeks. And I won't deny the fact there was a difference, but it wasn't immense! I opened up my Arm & Hammer, it had no annoying little foily bit at the top of the tube the you need a pin or something pointy to burst through. I had a good few minutes, enduring the lovely texture and taste, and swallowed the remaining. I know you shouldn't really do that, but its so good! I gave my teeth, as usual a wipe with tissue, I hate the extra feeling on your teeth after brushing. Yeah, so what it wipes away your enamel or something, but it feels better than having the squeaky feeling on your teeth. I went and had a look in the mirror. I couldn't believe it. It was so emotional with all the trouble I had been through in the past with my yellow teeth, but I really saw a difference. It was great. I loved it! I bought 10 tubes. So, how does it compare with Pearl Drops, well the evidence is in the text, really.

                I recommend Arm & Hammer whitening toothpaste as it is a great toothpaste and it only £1.99 a tube!

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