“ Brand: Boots / Type: Toothpaste / Texture: Gel / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Refreshes, „
The other day I received a ten pound gift voucher for Boots. I love browsing in Boots so it was a nice little gift and as I needed some basics I decided to buy them with it and have a little stock up. One of the things I was aware that I was lowing on was toothpaste and trying to make the tenner stretch I picked this up as the was cheapest on the shelf to be honest!
Even though I'd of bought it anyway as it was a large tube for a decent price I was pleased when I picked the box up to see that it is designed for sensitive teeth! I suffer terribly with mine!
My teeth are so so sensitive. With an eating disorder I have lost a lot of the enamel off my teeth leaving nerves exposed and my teeth not being very protected at all. They hurt all the time if I'm eating or drinking no matter what it is. I've just got used to it now though, the Dentist has looked and there's nothing really that can be done about it. I have tried pretty much every toothpaste available on the market for sensitive teeth (and ones that are not!) and nothing has really every significantly helped me. However I hadn't tried this one though AND for the price it cost (even though I actually parted with no cash for it!) I didn't hold out very much in the way of hope at all to be honest however as long as it cleaned teeth that was my main priority. Dirty, grotty teeth and smelly breath really are a big no no eh?!
The toothpaste comes in a mainly white oblong box with some light blue and pink colouring on it and on 3 sides of the box we are told that it is indeed Boots Smile 'Sensitive' Freshmint Fluoride Toothpaste and that it has been created and developed by Boots and offers 24 hour protection 'Fights decay, plaque & tartAr. Helps protect gums & freshens breath' and then on the back of the box we are told more information about the product and what to expect from it and how to use it, the ingredients are listed, we are told that once opened to use it up within 24 months of doing so and contact details for Boots are clearly given. The tube is squeezy plastic and is the same in colour as the box and has the same information on it as the box as well as being told the size which is 100g and to open it, it has a flip top style opening and of course to dispense the toothpaste you gently squeeze the tube but do remember unlike me to take the top off completely before trying to use it the first time and to remove the little plastic covering on their for safety and hygiene issues won't you!
The toothpaste is quite thick, smooth and completely white in colour with a sweet minty aroma to it. We are told on the packaging that this is suitable for children and adults over the age of 6 years of age and to use a pea sized amount. I always use more than that to be fair and I brush with this twice a day for about 2 minutes a time with a manual toothbrush.
This feels very smooth and none abrasive in use, it doesn't foam up heavily in the mouth (I hate that!) and the flavour of it is not harsh or makes the mouth feel too cold or anything like that adverse at all. It isn't all that highly flavoured really though does taste a bit of sweet mint and it does leave my mouth feeling fresh and my breath smelling nice.
This leaves my teeth feeling smooth and clean. It doesn't leave my mouth tingling fresh and cold but sure my teeth feel clean!
This doesn't help brighten my teeth or whiten them though that isn't a claim with this that Boots make to be fair and I'm not Scientist, I don't know if I'm still getting any build up of plaque or tartar, I can say that it helps my teeth at least appear and feel clean and that I haven't got bad breath (though I never did in first place...I don't think!) and my teeth don't look decayed though they didn't anyway. For me this is simply a toothpaste that cleans my teeth, when I spit I can see a browny colour end up in the sink where I've been drinking wine, beer, tea, coffee and smoking and so on so I'm happy with it!
Does it help with sensitivity though? Oddly enough a little bit yes. Usually when cleaning my teeth because I'm using water my teeth and gums do hurt with this they don't. For about half an hour after using this I feel my teeth and gums are less sensitive and that drinking warm liquid isn't so painful though cold stuff is still no go and after a while this stops working and my teeth and gums go back to their usual selves however I'm not complaining its nice to be able to have a cup of something warm after using this even if there is a slight tinge of mint flavouring to it!
So although I cant say yup this is amazing I can see the pros to using it. It cheap, tastes nice, doesn't make my teeth and gums bleed (providing I don't scrub at them!) and my teeth feel and look clean. It does help a bit with my sensitivity so although I cant promise, if you've only got a bit of sensitivity in your teeth (and do remember I have horrific and a massive noticeable loss of tooth enamel on mine) this could actually be rather beneficial to you! I like it, I will buy it again and I cant believe the great price of it for the size you get so well done to Boots!
Only available from Boots stores costing £1.35 for a 100ml tube!
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I bought a small 50ml tube of this sensitive toothpaste to try, although I usually stick to the Colgate brand, I got one of those vouchers from the Boots advantage card machine that was an offer on the Boots smile brand which meant that I virtually got the tube free so I thought it was worth a try having had some sensitive teeth issues recently. On the tube, it advises that it is a fluoride toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth. I can remember as a child my Mum always had an old metal tube of toothpaste for sensitive teeth and it tasted foul when I sneaked some (despite being told not to) - I can't remember the brand now but research has obviously brought on brands for these problem areas and improved the products tenfold.
The toothpaste comes in a cardboard box (which is unnecessary) and the actual tube is plastic with a capped flip lid. It is all packaged in pink which I like too.
The small 50 ml tube has lasted me about three weeks of twice daily use. I use a pea sized amount on my toothbrush and it is white in colour. The taste is a very mild mint which I find very pleasant. It is a really kind toothpaste I find and I have had no issues with gum bleeding or pain whilst using this. I am sure this is due to a combination of the toothpaste and mouthwash I have been using (see previous review for the mouth wash). A rinse and spit and the job is done.
My sensitive teeth have got no worse whilst using this brand but it is hard to tell whether it has helped them as there is still a bit of wincing when I drink a very cold drink. My family think I am mad when I ask for a coke that hasn't been in the fridge - it doesn't hurt to drink it at room temperature!
I like the price (£1.35 for 100ml and currently in a 3 for 2 offer), in fact the price has come down since the last review on this toothpaste in 2010 which is great news. I also like the pink packaging even though it is not on show and kept in a bathroom drawer! I will definitely be buying some more of this toothpaste as I feel it has improved my overall teeth and gum condition. For an 'own brand' it has impressed me. My teeth feel clean for a long time after using this toothpaste and I am pleased with its performance.
I think Boots are wise to do the vouchers for its Smile brand as people are more likely to try it. It is a lot cheaper than the premium brands but I think once people try them they are very likely to switch to the Smile range which is really very good. I didn't expect to like this toothpaste more than my usual brand but I really do!
I was in need of some new toothpaste so picked some up in Boots a while ago. I'd never tried Smile, Boots' own brand of tooth cleaning products, but I was tempted by a BOGOF offer! This meant I got 2 100ml tubes of toothpaste for £1.79 (the normal price of a tube of Sensitive toothpaste).
The packaging for the toothpaste is pink and matches the Sensitive variety of mouthwash I previously reviewed. Therefore you can coordinate your mouth-related products, if you so wish! The toothpaste is 'freshmint' in flavour and is described as "fluoride toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth". The packaging claims that the toothpaste fights decay, plaque and tartar; helps protect gums; and freshens breath. The back of the tube contains information about teeth and keeping them in good condition: I'm sure you all know how to look after your teeth, so I won't repeat this! The toothpaste also comes in a cardboard box. Personally I find this rather wasteful from an environmental point of view, but Boots certainly aren't alone in using extra packaging in this way.
The toothpaste itself is white in colour and has a mild minty flavour, which is good, as some toothpastes can be a bit too strong. Personally I'm not really fussed about toothpaste brands and will happily buy whatever's on offer, and since using this toothpaste I haven't noticed my teeth feeling or looking any cleaner or any dirtier than usual. This suggests to me that it's doing a perfectly adequate job, and I would certainly consider buying the toothpaste again. I don't usually have particularly sensitive teeth, but after using a really strong Listerine mouthwash they were a bit on edge - after using this toothpaste and the Sensitive mouthwash this has gone away, which is another bonus.
My only real qualm about the toothpaste is the price - a tube is £1.79 whereas a tube of the equivalent Smile non-sensitive toothpaste is only £1. However, it's still cheaper than branded products and it's probably worth paying the extra if you have sensitive teeth.
Overall, a perfectly decent toothpaste that I'd be happy to buy again.