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      02.04.2012 19:15
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      A good value toothpaste from Tesco

      With only a few weeks until our baby arrives I decided it was time to get a few bits ready for the hospital, obviously I am hoping not to have to be in hospital too long, however being diabetic there is always a chance that I may have to stay in for a short time meaning I need to have a few bits ready just in case. One item which I needed to get for my hospital bag was toothpaste, I didn't want to spend too much money on hospital stuff in case its not needed so when shopping at Tesco I decided to look at their own brand items and found a small tube of Tesco Freshmint Toothpaste, it was extremely cheap and the small tube meant it was ideal to fit into my bag.

      Packaging
      The Toothpaste comes in a long thin cardboard box, the majority of the box is a light mint green colour, on the front of the box and along one side is a darker green oval shape with the words "Tesco Original Fluoride Toothpase" written in white, next to this are the words "Freshmint Antibacterial Action" again written in white, there is also a white swirl and a star shape in white at one end of the box. On the back and other side of the box is all of the product information including what the toothpaste does, the directions of use, warnings and the ingredients, all of this information is written in dark green so it stands out against light mint green background. All of the information on the box is easy to read and clearly set out. Inside the box the tube basically contains the same information as the box, again the tube is the same dark and light mint green colours as the box. The tube has a small white plastic cap on the end, the lid simply flips open and clicks shut again, is can also be screwed on and off of the tube, I was quite surprised to find that the end of the tube doesn't have a foil cap over it as with most toothpastes.

      The Toothpaste
      Its been a while since I have tried Tesco's own brand of toothpaste and I cannot remember trying this particular one so i decided to give it a try before I took it into hospital with me. The toothpaste itself is white in colour and the same consistency as any other toothpaste. When I first purchased the toothpaste I wondered if it would be a bit bland and tasteless, when I opened the tube to give it a try I was surprised at how minty it smelt, the freshmint was really quite strong so I was hopeful that it was going to have a decent flavour to it. I squeezed a small amount of the toothpaste onto the brush and cleaned my teeth in the usual way, I was surprised at the strength of the Tesco Freshmint Toothpaste, it really was quite strong but not in an unpleasant way, the minty flavour lovely and fresh. The toothpaste foamed in the usual way and after I had finished my teeth felt extremely smooth and clean, my whole mouth felt clean and fresh afterwards and the Freshmint flavour lasted for quite a while after. I only needed a small amount of the toothpaste at a time in order for it to thoroughly clean my teeth, I did wonder whether I would need to use a bit more as this was a cheaper toothpaste however this was not the case at all, a small regular amount of the toothpaste was plenty to clean and fresh my whole mouth.

      Benefits
      The benefits of the Toothpaste as all listed on the back of the tube and box that the toothpaste comes in, these include
      *Fights cavities
      *Remove plaque
      *Freshens breath
      *Prevents tartar formation
      *Reduces gum problems
      Obviously in order to see whether the toothpaste really does do all of these things I need to use the toothpaste for some time, however it certainly freshens my breath, the freshmint flavour really is strong and leaves your breath minty fresh for quite some time afterwards. After using the toothpaste my teeth really do feel extremely clean so I am confident that it is helping to remove plaque and tartar from my teeth and preventing cavities. Luckily I have had no problems with my teeth and have never had to have any work done so using a toothpaste that keeps them this way is important to me, obviously I have purchased this toothpaste as a temporary measure in case I have to stay in hospital, however I would also be happy to use this generally as well.

      Directions for Use
      I imagined that the directions for use on the back of the box would be about using this particular toothpaste, however it really only informs you of how to look after your teeth, stating
      *Brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day
      *Floss your teeth each day to remove plaque your brush cant reach
      *Use mouthwash after brushing to remove further plaque
      *Visit your dentist regularly
      *Change your toothbrush every 3 months
      This is all pretty standard and doesn't actually refer to the Tesco Original Freshmint Toothpaste at all but I guess it is handy to know.

      Warnings
      Again these are also stated on the back of the box and tube and state
      *Children of 6 and Under - Use a pea sized amount of the toothpaste for supervised brushing to minimise swallowing. In case of the intake of fluoride from other sources consult a doctor or dentist. This is literally the only warning on the back of the box.

      Price
      Obviously this product is only available in Tesco with it being part of their own branded products. This particular toothpaste comes in 2 sizes, I purchased the 50ml tube and this cost me 40p, it also comes in a 100ml tube which costs 50p. Personally I feel this is a real bargain, the toothpaste so far has proved to be of an excellent quality. I did wonder how well it would work based on how cheap it was, however it proved to be of a much better quality than I expected, it really did work extremely well. In my opinion this is an excellent toothpaste for such a cheap price.

      My Opinion
      I have used this toothpaste several times to try it out before taking it to hospital and so far have been very impressed with it. Every time I have used this toothpaste my teeth are left feeling extremely clean and my breath fresh. I was very impressed with how cheap this toothpaste was, it was of an excellent quality for such a low price. I have used this toothpaste twice a day several times now and have found that it works very well, I would be more than happy to use this toothpaste on a regular basis and would feel confident that it really was keeping my teeth and whole mouth clean and healthy. I would definitely recommend this toothpaste to anyone, it has a lovely strong minty flavour to it and does not taste cheap and nasty at all, it really does work.

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        19.07.2011 10:51
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        It's changed, but not for the better

        I bought the Tesco Daily Care Fresh Mint toothpaste for a long time and was very pleased with the results, which were excellent. Up until recently that is when I think they must have changed the way they make it because the last few times I have had it, it just hasn't been as good, to the point that I've stopped buying it.

        The Tesco toothpaste is available in two sizes - 50ml and 100ml tubes. Usually the 50ml is priced at about 40p and the 100ml is priced at about 50p. It makes much more sense then to spend the extra ten pence and get double the amount. I say usually, because there have been times when I have been in Tesco and the larger tube has been cheaper than the smaller. I thought at first that it was just that they had been priced wrong on the tickets, but they were actually cheaper when I went through the check out too - so look out for the extra bargain!

        The taste is very nice actually. Sometimes when you get cheap versions of products they don't have a very strong minty taste, but this is not the case with this one. It freshens your breath straight away and lasts a reasonably long time. A good sign of the mintiness of toothpaste I find is when you forget you've just cleaned your teeth and you drink orange juice afterwards and it tastes foul. I find the mintier the toothpaste, the worse the orange juice tastes and it certainly tastes bad after cleaning your teeth with this stuff!

        The toothpaste, like most do, recommends that you use a pea sized amount and that you wet the toothbrush not your teeth. I find that following these instructions, whilst it feels a bit dry at first, give you a good amount of foam quite quickly. It really does feel like your teeth are getting cleaner straight away and your mouth does feel nicer afterwards.

        So it all sounds good, so why have I stopped using it? Well the answer is because the feeling in my mouth whilst cleaning my teeth more recently has changed. I followed the instructions as I have always done, using the same amount of paste as I always have done, but it has started to make my teeth squeaky lately and not squeaky clean. Whilst I have actually had the toothpaste in my mouth, it has had a chalky consistency and then, like I say, my teeth have felt very squeaky and it has been uncomfortable. At first I thought I may have had a faulty tube, but it has happened a couple of times, so I can only assume that the makers have changed something about it, which is a shame.

        Overall then, I can't recommend the toothpaste because whilst it does taste nice and it is cheap, it no longer makes for a comfortable tooth cleaning experience.

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        16.07.2011 09:36
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        A great all rounder toothpaste for the whole family, at a fantastic price

        I have been using Tesco Daily Care Freshmint toothpaste for years now. I never really buy anything else, as even deals on brands are still so much more than this one. I do use an electric toothbrush, which means that pretty much any toothpaste will leave my teeth feeling squeaky clean, but some of the ultra cheap ones have less taste and not such a long lasting freshness, and I find this one an excellent balance.

        It comes in the usual cardboard box, which contains the tube. I always buy the 100ml tube for around 40p as this is the best value, and obviously lasts longer than the smaller tubes. The tube itself is mint green in colour (how fitting) with white writing on, and it proclaims this toothpaste to have 3 benefits; these are to fight decay, remove plaque and freshen breath. It is also fully approved by the British Dental Health Foundation, which is good - it means this toothpaste has been recognised as a useful aid in dental health care. It contains sodium fluoride (0.24% w/w) so you should consult your dentist or doctor if you or anyone in your family is taking fluoride supplements.

        The directions for use are simply to brush twice daily. Young children (under 6) should use a pea sized amount and be supervised to minimise swallowing, as with all toothpastes. The packaging doesn't state this but it's best to brush for 3 minutes if using a manual toothbrush. If you use an electric one then 2 minutes is generally recommended and your toothbrush may well have a timer built in as mine does. You dispense this toothpaste by squeezing the tube as usual, and the toothpaste comes out through the flip top cap. The consistency is great, it is creamy and thick but not gloopy. Some cheaper toothpastes I have found to be a bit too soft and sometimes chalky as well. This one is non of these things. When using it 'lathers' up really well which means you don't need loads of it and by the time you are finished cleaning your teeth it spits out easily, leaving your teeth feeling smooth and clean, instead of coated.

        So, do I like this toothpaste? Well, yes, Very very much! It cleans my teeth, tastes good and leaves my breath nice and fresh. It smells very minty (of course), but it's not overpowering. Neither is the taste. It is mild enough for children to enjoy but good enough to leave a really fresh feeling behind for adults too. So really suitable for the whole family and with such an agreeable price it offers excellent value. For my partner and I with our electric toothbrushes, a 100ml tube will last a couple of weeks. As part of my entire dental care routine, this keeps my teeth very clean and my breath fresh. As a smoker and big coffee drinker I do demand quite a lot out of my dental care products, and I am delighted with this toothpaste.

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        17.11.2010 08:48
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        On a recent visit to Tesco, I thought I would buy this toothpaste as I have tried it once before and I really liked it, I have been on a budget recently and thought I would buy it again to save a little more money, as it is cheap and I brush my teeth at least 3 times a day, as I like to make sure my teeth are nice and clean after every meal and before bedtime.

        It comes in a basic green colour cardboard box, the tube is also a pale green colour and white, it has a flip top, and the toothpaste is white, the texture of the paste is quite a thick consistency, it is smooth, soft and it tastes very minty in my opinion, the taste of the mint is not too strong, and it does not burn the mouth as I have found with some other cheaper brands, this one is quite a mild minty flavour, and it dispenses from the tube perfectly.

        Only a little amount is needed on the toothbrush to brush onto the teeth and gum area, it is gentle on the gums and it has never irritated my teeth or gums while using it, or after use, it has always left them feeling nice, clean and refreshing, and I think it is a good quality brand in my opinion, I find it suits my budget at the moment, hence why I bought it again recently as I know it works well.

        My mouth always feels nice and fresh after using this one, and it has a really nice fresh mint smell to it too, and it has a nice refreshing fragrance, it fights decay, removes plaque and it freshens the breath too, and for younger children around the age of 6 years old, it tells me on the box that it is recommended to use a pea sized amount on the toothbrush to minimise swallowing the paste, but I have not tried this one on a younger child or my grandson who is almost 23 months old, as he has his own toothpaste designed for his age, which is more suitable for him.

        This is ideal for anyone on a lower budget as it is so cheap and I think it works perfectly fine for the price, although I do not often buy cheaper branded pastes, this one has been fine for me in the past and that is the reason I have bought it again, as the quality is very good and it is excellent value for money.

        It also rinses well, with no problems at all, it leaves my teeth feeling nice, smooth and very clean, and I love the taste of it in my mouth while brushing them, I will continue to buy it along side my branded pastes, as I think it is a good brand for all the family.

        The tube size I bought is 100ml for only 50p but I also think it is available in a smaller size for a cheaper price.

        I highly recommend this one for the price and the results it gives for my teeth, gums and breath and I award it 5 stars.

        Thank you for reading my review.

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          14.03.2010 00:20
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          good price and good value

          I am always looking on cutting my grocery bill and that does not always include the food it is also the toiletries and person care too etc.

          So when I was in my Tesco and saw this toothpaste I thought I would give it a try and I was found it to work for me perfectly, for the price of 46p I could not grumble.

          It comes in a long cardboard box and it can easily be opened from both ends, it has a top that the paste can be squeezed from easily and when the paste come out if smells of mint, kind of like a peppermint smell to me, and when it is in the mouth it is not too strong it stings the mouth like some do, this is I would say a nice mild mint flavour which refreshes the mouth, and is gentle on the gums, it can be nice used on the tounge as that has bacteria on too and should be brushed if possible.

          It is easy to rinse from the mouth and leaves a fresh feeling and afterwards the teeth feel smooth.

          I have for a while started to use any value, cheaper product to try to see if I like them first and if I do then I will continue to use them and save money, and this product is one I will be using in the future along with many more cheaper items.

          It can be found on the toothpaste and mouthwash isle and can easily be stored in a bathroom cabinet as the size is not too big, although it is a little bit bigger than a small one, I would say it is a medium size.


          It is good value price and I am rating it a 5.

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          18.10.2009 04:36
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          I am naughty, I don't use a mouthwash and I barely ever floss. That said, I have no fillings and a decent set of white teeth, so I am blessed in that department. I am not that fussy when it comes to toothpaste, I vary my brands whenever I run out and just go for whichever one is on offer!

          As a regular Tesco shopper, I usually try their own brands and this is one I tried recently. Actually, that's a lie. I have bought it several times! I plumped for it because it is about a third of the price of a Colgate toothpaste and forty odd pence seemed quite good value.

          Packaging:

          Take off the cardboard box and you get the usual tube with an easy to open lid. The toothpaste dispenses easily too.

          Taste:

          It says it is freshmint, it is. I was greeted by a cooling and refreshing mint taste, not unlike a polo, but without the sugary aftertaste. It is wise to brush the tongue too for added freshness. The bad thing I noticed was that the minty taste subsided way too quickly for my liking. An hour or so after, my mouth was yearning for another bout of freshness. It does not match Colgate for long lasting results, which is disappointing.

          Healthy Teeth:

          Well, Im not a dentist so I would not know whether it is truly working, but it does deliver a good clean and the teeth feel clean and shiny after. It is supposed to help stop plaque developing, now I don't know what plaque looks like, but my teeth continued to feel good after a month of using this stuff.

          The price is great, it lasts for a good month, but the freshness does not last that long, oh and also it doesn't quite deliver on the whiteness either. I think I prefer whitening toothpastes, which give your teeth that extra glint.

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            03.10.2009 22:07
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            a nice product

            Toothpaste is one of those products that we all need to use twice a day and therefore, the less we can spend on it the better. There are hundreds of different varieties of toothpaste on the market, whether it be Striped, Whitening, Sensitive, Childrens or healthy gums, at the end of the day they all serve the primary purpose of cleaning your teeth and for this, Tesco Daily Care toothpaste does exactly that.


            This is a fluoride toothpaste that claims to provide 3 main benefits, which are to:


            1. Fight Decay
            2. Remove plaque
            3. Freshen breath


            It is also very nice and mild flavoured with a freshmint taste. Tesco also produce a number of different varieties in the Daily Care Toothpaste range including the 'Whitening' version as well as a 'Value' toothpaste and a 'total care' range.


            The packaging is a standard toothpaste traditional flexible tube with a flip cap lid. The standard size is 100ml of toothpaste however there is a smaller 50ml version which is ideal for when you go travelling.


            With so much competition on the market with branded products having cornered the market such as Macleans, Colgate and Aquafresh, Tesco have made the prices of their toothpaste products amongst the cheapest around with the Daily Care Fresh-mint costing only 39p for the standard 100ml size tube, the smaller 50ml tube costing slightly less at 36p, which isn't very cost effective due to the 3p saving but loosing half the contents. The Whitening Toothpaste version is a little more expensive at 52p. If this is still not cheap enough for you, you can always go for the Tesco Value range which costs only 17p but the quantity is slightly less at 75ml.


            Overall, this a very nice and effective product which I will continue to buy and use in the future. It is fit for purpose and very cost effective, I would recommend this to anyone who wishes to find a cheaper alternative to the expensive branded versions of toothpaste. I give this product 4 stars out of 5, the only reason why it doesn't quite make the 5 stars is the fact that the packaging lacks the quality of its more expensive rivals.

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              03.10.2009 15:57
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              A toothpaste which cleans my teeth thoroughly

              Cleaning your teeth twice a day is a routine which everybody does daily which makes me feel like I am always having to buy another tube. I've been trying the Tesco Daily Care toothpaste now for a few months and have been very happy with the product.

              The toothpaste comes in a 100ml tube and costs 39 pence (today's price). This is very cheap compared to others on the market and I feel the toothpaste cleans just as well. Like other toothpastes it comes in cardboard packaging with clear instructions of how to use, what the toothpaste does and a list of ingredients. Once you open the box the toothpaste is inside in a plastic tube and has a small flip lid (so you can't stand your toothpaste up) but this doesn't affect me as I keep mine in a glass with my toothbursh.

              Daily care whitening toothpaste gently removes stains, fight decay, removes plaque and freshens breath. I visit the dentist twice a year for a check up and noticed that plaque which used to build up on the back of my teeth is not building up as quickly now. Also before I started using this I had a few stains on my teeth and now I've noticed that they are slowly disappering. I like the taste of the freshmint I find some of the whitening toothpastes taste a bit funny but this one taste of mint and leaves your breath fresh.

              There is a warning of the box (as with most toothpastes I think) that children under the age of 6 only use a pea sized amount which should be done under supervision.

              Overall, I've been using Tescos daily care for a few months now and I've been very happy with the results (and all for a cheap price). I've also tried the Tesco daily care whitening and did find that my teeth appeared whiter after brushing but I don't really like the taste of that as much as Tesco fresh mint daily care. I'm very pleased with the product and will recommend it, I won't be going back to more expensive brands.

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                02.10.2009 14:21
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                Great toothpaste, excellent price, but not a lasting taste of mint

                Due to the fact that we are trying to cut back on the spending in our house due to not having the spare cash, I decided to purchase Tesco Daily Care Freshmint toothpaste for myself. My partner always uses Sensodyne and refuses to budge from it!

                The tube of Daily Care toothpaste which I bought was 50ml and priced at 36p. An amazing price!! I usually buy Colgate and my favourite is Colgate Total plus Whitening, so this tube of toothpaste had a lot to try and match my favourite Colgate brand.

                The toothpaste comes in a green and white box with Tesco Daily Care Freshmint written in white on the box. The actual tube of toothpaste has the same green and white design with the name, again, written in white on the tube.

                Before I actually used the toothpaste I flipped the lid to have a smell. Straight away you get a whiff of mint, not too over powering, but a lovely mint smell, like fresh mint in your garden, probably hence the name!

                The paste is pure white in colour and is rather thick, which makes it easier to place on your toothbrush, as I have noticed that with some other cheaper brands of toothpaste they are not that thick which makes it harder to put on your toothbrush. Not sure if that's just me, or someone else has noticed this!

                When you start to brush your teeth with this toothpaste you will notice that it is very frothy! The paste doesn't feel gritty either. This was another thing that I have noticed with other cheaper brands.

                When I had finished brushing my teeth I could feel that the paste had really cleaned my teeth. They felt smooth and clean. Brilliant! The only downside that I have about this toothpaste is that even though it has a lovely mint smell, when you are brushing your teeth there is hardly any mint to the taste, unlike Colgate, where you can taste the mint for a long while after brushing.
                Even though the taste of mint was hardly there, I could feel that my teeth had been cleaned properly, so that wasn't such a problem.

                I will be buying this toothpaste again. For the price and the result it gives, I don't think that anyone can go wrong with it!!!!

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                  04.06.2009 17:07
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                  Ok as a temporary penny pinching measure

                  I'm not sure when or how it happened, but the range of toothpastes available now seems astonishing! I stood in the supermarket looking for something not to pricey the other day and really couldn't make head nor tail of half the products on offer. Do you want it to whiten, brighten, remove plaque, remove tartar, stop erosion, stop sensitivity, freshen breath, re-build your enamel. Do you want mint, fresh mint, strawberry for the kids, baking soda, are you a smoker, do you eat too much fruit??? The list goes on and on. In a nutshell I want something cheap that cleans my teeth!

                  Now, I am really a colgate girl, but I bought this 100ml tube for 52p because I am trying to save some pennies. It claims to do everything I want it to do; protect against cavities, strengthen enamel, remove plaque, leave mouth feeling fresh and clean. It is approved by the British Dental Council and contains fluoride.

                  It's OK. it cleans my teeth, but somehow they just don't seem to stay feeling clean as long as they do with more expensive toothpastes. The fresh mint flavour is nice and there is nothing negative to report on the packaging front. I'm not sure if I would consider using this long term as I'm not convinced it's going to keep my teeth and gums healthy. I'm afraid I'll be back to the colgate when this runs out.

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                  03.01.2009 13:48

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                  A great value toothpaste

                  I don't know about anyone else, but I am downgrading certain things that we buy as a family to try and reduce the outgoings a bit. There are certain things that I would not compromise on and certain things that I will try cheaper alternatives to, toothpaste being one of these! I used to use Colgate or Aquafresh if I was trying to live cheaper, but then one day I though 'well actually, even Aquafresh is still double the cost of this stuff' so I tried it and have never gone back. It does exactly the same job as a basic toothpaste, no fancy whitening or little exfoliating bits in it or whatever but a good, basic, flouride toothpaste that cleans the teeth and leaves you with fresher breath.

                  The only complaint I have is that the packaging is a little uninspiring and dull, and it would be helpful if they produced this in a pump dispenser as the lid format currently used can get a little bit messy.

                  The flavour is very mild but the spearmint flavoured one is a little more flavoured if you prefer something stronger.

                  At 50p ish, you really can't go wrong with this product ans I would urge any of you to try it and see for yourself that you can downgrade without losing quality.

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                  Not just for your teeth!

                  I have spent years encouraging my children to brush their teeth twice a day and am disappointed to have to count one filling among the five children. Only a tiny one at the rear but it still cost £85 to have a white filling fitted, rather than the free amalgam filling provided by the NHS, and was a hard lesson learnt by 15 year old son.

                  Since the filling incident I have been even more adament that the children brush properly and have ensured that their toothbrushes are changed regularly (every 3 months here). I sought, and found, a reasonably priced toothpaste that would fulfil all our needs. The toothpaste needed to be reasonably priced as we always have three tubes on the go at once, the eldest HonestBob children have found 'true love' and are brushing their teeth more than the minimum twice per day, and the youngest HonestBob's seem to think toothpaste is for decorating the sink with as well as placing on their toothbrushes. We go through a lot of toothpaste!!

                  Whilst scouring the shelves in Tesco I came across the Daily Care freshmint toothpaste. It is packaged in a green cardboard box and retails at 38p for 100ml (bargain!) Inside is a white and green plastic tube with blue text and a small flip top lid. Now, I'm not too keen on flip top lids. Although screw top lids do get lost, they don't get as gunged up with over squeezed toothpaste as flip top lids, so the lid on this toothpaste is a drawback for me - my children are over-squeezers.

                  The toothpaste can be squeezed from the tube straight away, unlike some toothpastes that have a silver security tab which requires peeling away first. I guess the tab is a tamper proof device that Tesco deems unnecessary.

                  The toothpaste itself is white and fairly thin. I would say it has a spearmint taste to it, rather than peppermint. It is not overpowering, but does leave a nice tingling sensation in the mouth. A refreshing feeling that is noticeable, but not strong enough to put off the youngest of the little HonestBobs.

                  This toothpaste can be used by young children. A warning on the packaging says that under 7 year olds should use a pea sized amount and should be supervised to minimise swallowing. We use about half that amount on the youngest HonestBob (21 months) as he hasn't got the hang of spitting out toothpaste yet.

                  We've been using Tesco own brand toothpaste for a couple of years now. The filling incident has not been repeated (although I need a refil - groan). I see no reason to return to brand name toothpastes. This one contains fluoride and is said to help protect against cavities, strengthen tooth enamel, remove plaque and freshen breath. The packaging says nothing about tooth whitening capacity, but I'm not sure that the chemicals in whitening toothpastes are healthy for young children so would not want to use such a paste.

                  Give it a try. At 38p you can afford to. If you hate it, however, here are some other uses for toothpaste other than cleaning your pearlies:

                  * Clean piano keys
                  * Clean your iron (apply while cool then wipe with a damp cloth)
                  * De-fog goggles or mirrors (wipe on toothpaste and then wipe off!)
                  * Shine chrome
                  * Clean crayon marks off walls

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                    14.12.2008 21:45
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                    Cheap toothpaste, with mint flavour, contains fluoride.

                    Don't forget to clean your teeth! I remember my Mum shouting to me as I got ready for school in a morning and when I went to bed at night, and I did the same with my children, I wonder why we have such a thing about cleaning teeth? May be because the consequences are both expensive and final if you lose your teeth!

                    When speaking about the Romans with a group of children at church recently, we had to discover some interesting facts and one was that they used finely ground mice bones to clean their teeth! Cleaning teeth dates back a long time. My first memory of toothpaste was a little tin with a hard paste that you wet the brush and rubbed it into the paste and then brushed your teeth, not very hygenic when I think about it! I do remember the first adverts on television and toothpaste was one of them. ( I was just a little girl!)

                    Toothpaste is something I imagine nearly every one uses at some point in their lives, and over the years we spend a fortune on our pearly whites. I used to love Signal because of the stripes, but have bought most makes of toothpaste over the years, to satisfy the demands of my family and also my teeth, Sensodyne being the most popular for a long time for me but hated by my husband. One day needing a small tube to take on holiday I bought a tube of Tesco's own make as it was nice and small and very cheap. This has become one of my regular choices now, why you may ask?

                    Firstly price
                    It is cheap in comparison to popular brand names. 35p for 50 mls and 38p for 100mls, so obviously great value buying the bigger tube, but still good value for a small tube. Colgate seems to be between £1.50 and £2 for a 100ml tube depending on type.

                    What it does
                    It certainly cleans my teeth, they feel smooth and free from food particles, it protects my gums and teeth keeping them healthy. And recently I've not suffered from sensitive teeth. It leaves my mouth feeling fresh and clean.

                    What it tastes like
                    It has a fresh mint flavour, but not one that leaves my taste buds in shock and my mouth feeling like it has had a blast of freezing spray. I can also taste a chalky mint taste, it reminds me of something I'd take for indigestion - quite soothing.

                    What's in it?
                    Water is the main ingredient, sorbitol is next. Sorbitol can be used as a non-stimulant laxative and also when mixed with some ingredients can help prevent plaque. Don't swallow then would be my tip! There are various other ingredients including 0.24% sodium fluoride. Limonene is another ingredients, obtained from citrus fruits, it can be used as a solvent cleaner, so I presume that is why it is added rather than for flavour as this toothpaste has a minty flavour.

                    How do you clean your teeth?
                    Proper brushing takes 2 minutes - do you take that long? Two minutes is quite a long time! Use short gentle strokes, taking care to brush carefully around the gum line, and back teeth and around fillings. Clean the outer surfaces of the upper teeth, then the outer lower teeth. Then the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces. If you can brush your tongue too, but it sometimes makes me gag. Rinse well.
                    For parents supervising children over 7 years old only use a pea size amount of toothpaste, and don't let children swallow because of the fluoride.

                    I often wonder if you just brush your teeth will the effect be as good as using toothpaste? Do all the things they promise really happen? Stronger teeth, healthy gums, less plaque?

                    The tube is white with a pretty green with a few shiny stars and the writing is in blue. It says on the back that the British Dental Health foundation recognises that Tesco Daily care freshmint tothpaste is a useful aid in dental health care. If it's good enough for them, it's good enough for me, and the extra pennies can stay in my bank account to save for another holiday!

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                      27.10.2008 11:16
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                      Good product.

                      I picked up a box of Tesco Daily Care when it was on offer and I was feeling tight. I usually buy colgate, as I find no other toothpaste makes my teeth feel and sparkling smooth and clean. The Tesco Total Care Freshmint toothpaste is not bad and does get your teeth clean but quite frankly, it is not a patch on Colgate.

                      The really good thing about this toothpaste is the strong mint flavour. It is much stronger than many, including my preferred colgate. I like this, as it freshens your breath well. In fact, the minty scent lasts for quite some time after you have brushed your teeth.

                      It cleans your teeth well. I do not tend to get stained teeth, as I do not smoke or drink tea or coffee so I cannot comment on whether this toothpaste will remove stains. I did not notice that my teeth were any more or less stained when I started using this, so I can only assume that for stain prevention is works as well as Colgate.

                      The only downside is that my teeth did not feel as smooth and silky and clean as they do when I use Colgate. My mouth overall just did not feel as clean. I did have fresh breath though and as I said, I did not have stains on my teeth.

                      This toothpaste is a bargain at 45 pence per tube. It is almost as good as Colgate but just not quite! Still, I would recommend it if you cannot afford Colgate.

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                        26.10.2008 01:50
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                        Toothpaste from tesco

                        I must admit that I've been a bit bored today, which is how I found myself scouring my bathroom for something that I could review, and for some reason deciding on my toothpaste. I have lots of things in my bathroom that are review worthy, though admittedly I have reviewed several of them already, and I thought that toothpaste would make a change for anyone who's getting bored of my reviews being from only two or three different categories. I've certainly never reviewed toothpaste before.

                        Anyway, my toothpaste of choice is Tesco Total Care fluoride toothpaste, and its flavour is Freshmint. The only real reason why I have this brand is that it's the one that I've always had at home ever since I can remember, and so to me the taste of it seems right, and what toothpaste should taste like. There's nothing wrong with Colgate or other brands, but they've always seemed a bit strange to me, because they don't have the taste that I am familiar with and like. The mintiness is more subtle than other varieties, but is still fresh, and leaves you with a gentle yet refreshing aftertaste after brushing. I've tried things in the past like sensodyne and can't stand them, because I need that aftertaste to make me feel as if it has freshened my breath, otherwise I'm worried that it will smell. Fortunately, I never feel this problem when using Tesco Total Care.

                        Using this toothpaste is pretty standard: you put some on a wet toothbrush, brush your teeth with it for a few minutes and then spit it out. According to the packet, regular brushing helps to prevent cavities and gum problems, remove plaque and freshen breath amongst other things, though that is true for all toothpastes (or at least it should be), not just this particular type. The packet also states the ingredients, a warning for use by under 7s, and a smiley face symbolising that the British Dental Health Foundation recognises that this toothpaste 'is a useful aid in dental health care', which is good to know. The tube itself is 100ml and lasts for 12 months once opened, though I'd be worried that, if someone had this tube for longer than six months, they weren't brushing their teeth often enough.

                        In conclusion, this toothpaste is really good and I have no reason to stop using it, and so I will buy it in future. At only 44p it's an absolute bargain, and it has the perfect minty taste that I love. Considering that other brands such as Aquafresh and Colgate can be twice the price of this Tesco variety, it might be a good idea to switch to this if you're looking to cut down on your shopping bills somewhat. I would strongly recommend this toothpaste for anyone who values their dental health.

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                        100ml / Toothpaste