“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Toothpaste / Texture: Gel / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
When it comes to buying toothpaste, I have a preference to using a gel-based product, rather than a plain white paste, mainly because I find a gel toothpaste is slightly 'lighter' to use and I find that they do not often leave behind a slightly 'chalk like' residue in my mouth. You see, I have several health problems, one of which can cause me to feel very nauseous at times which means I can vomit very easily.
I find that plain white, more 'basic' toothpaste products are often quite thick and they can tend to foam up quite a lot in my mouth which can result in me gagging whilst I am trying to clean my teeth. If I gag more than twice, it results in me vomiting which of course can be problematic and destructive to my overall health, in addition to being very unpleasant.
Unfortunately, I find that it can be more difficult to track down gel-like toothpaste products so I often look out for them when I am shopping in a supermarket, drugstore or pharmacy. Whilst shopping in a local branch of Tesco recently, I noticed an own-branded toothpaste product that I had not seen before, namely the "Tesco Pro-Tech Extreme Cool Mint Toothpaste". I could see the green-coloured gel toothpaste through the clear plastic tube and decided there and then to try it out. I paid around £1.10 for the tube, which is 100ml in size, and so on a par with most other toothpaste products that I buy regularly.
When I removed the product from its cardboard packaging, I could see the green gel more clearly. I could see that there were little white particles dotted throughout the gel which made me slightly intrigued. Inspecting the packaging more clearly, I could see that this toothpaste is "Infused with Micro-Beads" which obviously explained the little white flecks I could see. I was intrigued enough to try out the toothpaste there and then, and I was keen to see what the "Cool Mint" flavour was like too. With that, I squeezed a small amount of the green gel onto my toothbrush and gave it a try.
I was immediately aware of the strong flavour of the toothpaste and I did not like it at all because it was too intense. I actually found that the strong "Cool Mint" flavour was very over-powering, too much for my own taste. I found that the toothpaste caught in my throat most times that I used it, due to its strong, 'overly-minty' nature and over-powering flavour. I found too that the flavour and taste of the toothpaste was quite bitter, and it left an unpleasant after-taste in my mouth which remained for quite a long time after I'd used the paste.
As for the claim on the reverse of the toothpaste's tube, informing me "As you brush, the micro-beads disperse and the patented cooling flavour technology helps to give a cooling sensation", I can honestly say that I was unaware of the feeling of any of the micro-beads in my mouth whilst I was cleaning my teeth with this toothpaste, and they may as well not have even been there as far as I am concerned! I feel that the addition of the micro-beads in the product is nothing more than a marketing ploy, a gimmicky 'fad' that is designed to make me, the consumer, feel that I am getting a little something extra by purchasing this toothpaste product over any other. Of course, this was not the reason that I personally bought the toothpaste as I explained before, but I just really felt as though the whole thing was a waste of time.
On the plus side, I did feel that the Tesco Pro-Tech Extreme Cool Mint toothpaste was a paste of a good enough quality to clean my teeth and mouth effectively, and I certainly had no issues with that. I also felt that it freshened my whole mouth and left my breath feeling minty fresh, which lasted for a reasonable amount of time. All of these things however, can be achieved with any (or most) of the toothpaste products that I buy regularly so I don't really feel that this product offered me any more than anything that I would normally use.
For these reasons, I cannot recommend the Tesco Pro Tech Extreme Cool Mint toothpaste very highly at all. I would not recommend it, nor would I buy it again and I actually discarded the product altogether after only a few days. I simply could not stand the over-bearing minty 'nip' that the product seemed to leave behind in my mouth after I had used it. It felt like a very harsh product for me to use on my teeth and it was a real let-down for me. Therefore, I can only award it one solitary star in the product rating score.
There is a whole range of Tesco "Pro-Tech" toothpaste and oral hygiene products available in branches of Tesco, or you can shop online at www.tesco.com.