Product Type: Corsodyl Oral Care
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Corsodyl Daily Gum & Tooth Paste
Member Name: milmol7
Corsodyl Daily Gum & Tooth Paste
Advantages: Definitely helped in improving gum health as part of a program, tube lasts a long time
Disadvantages: Very strange and unusual flavour, Very expensive
I was advised to try Corsodyl tooth & gum paste by my hygienist, after years of struggling with my teeth & gums health. I was struggling with quite bad bleeding gums and things hadn't improved despite all the extra thorough cleaning, investing in electric toothbrush etc as advised by the hygienist. On one of my visits, she told me about this paste and gave me a tiny free sample of it. She warned me that it was an "acquired taste", but if I could stick with it it would be beneficial.
She was not wrong about the acquired taste! The first time I used it, it really freaked me out. Your taste buds just *expect* a minty flavour when your brain is telling your mouth the toothpaste is on its way ... when the taste buds are hit by this wierd flavour, which I can only describe as salty, the messages to the brain are "confused! confused!". It also looks different from other toothpastes I've used, in that its a pinkish colour and somehow a slightly more creamy texture.
Bizarrely, being a fan of savoury flavours, I very soon got over the shock of the taste and I never found it offensive or actually unpleasant at all. Having said that, though, I do completely understand why the hygienist was giving me the warnings, I could imagine it being something a lot of people could not stomach, so the trial-sized tube is definitely an important marketing tool for them.
When I went to buy a full sized tube the price was over £4, and that was for a tube of 75ml - compared with my usual purchase of Macleans for £1 for 100ml. For this reason, you do need to be (a) convinced of its benefits, and (b) prepared to put up with the flavour, before you spend.
As far as (a) was concerned, the hygienist was pretty convincing, and by this point I was prepared to try anything; and as far as (b) was concerned, obviously I had the benefit of being able to try before I bought.
The tube has a matt finish rather than the usual shiny finish of toothpaste tubes which gives it a pretty classy feel (maybe they are trying to make you feel a bit better about your expenditure!) and it stands easily and steadily on its lid, standing only about 5 inches high. Instore, you will find it standing on the shelf as a tube, rather than the conventional toothpaste marketing of the tubes within boxes.
So the critical question - Did it work?!
Well, the bleeding of the gums did stop. However, using Corsodyl was one of a number of measures, including a very thorough clean by the hygienist to start things off, using mouthwash, and also starting using the Tepe interdental brushes as part of my dental routine. The tube lasted almost 3 months, with only me using it, brushing with a pea-sized amount, twice a day. I must be honest and confess I did not go back to buy a second tube. I kept up the thorough cleaning, mouthwash, and using the interdental brushes and the gum problems have not returned. This was about 8 months ago now, and I have visited the hygienist twice since that 3-month usage. She hasn't asked which paste I'm now using,so presumably hasn't noticed a particular downturn in my gum health either. That isn't to say, though that I rule out the possibility that the product did some good - In some ways, the strange flavour made it feel like it *must* be doing good - almost like taking your medicine!!
I rely heavily on the advice of my hygienist as I've always struggled with dental/gum health, and if she is to ask or suggest another burst of this paste in the future I wouldn't have a problem with buying another tube for another few months. I believe that it definitely did help get things back on track, I am just wary of paying such a high price now that things seem to be ok.
Summary: I'd rather spend £4 elsewhere other than on my gum health, but it does help and was money well spent
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