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Tesco Total Caresensitive Toothpaste

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Brand: Tesco / Type: Toothpaste / Texture: Gel / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types

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      30.04.2011 10:32
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      I wouldn't buy this again

      As we are saving up for our wedding, I am always looking for ways to save pennies on our grocery shop. We needed toothpaste, and I would have usually bought Colgate, Aquafresh, Arm and Hammer, or any other well respected brand. However on this occasion, I scanned the shelves to see if I could find a cheaper alternative.

      I have quite sensitive teeth. I usually only notice it when eating ice cream or ice lollies, but I find it can be painful, and it really spoils the enjoyment of ice cream, which is a real shame as I love the stuff! I was therefore looking for a toothpaste that helped to protect sensitive teeth if possible. I spotted a Tesco own brand toothpaste hiding on the bottom shelf that claimed to do just that. It was on special offer at the bargain price of just 20p for a 75ml tube- I would usually have paid well over £1 for a branded alternative, so I felt it was definitely worth a try. At full price, it was only 50p a tube, so that would still represent a great saving for me.

      The tube itself is mainly silver, with dark pink dots along the right hand side. It has a flip lid, which is great as it means I don't have to worry about losing a screw-on cap. The top of the tube was covered by a silver peel off protective piece of foil, which is reassuring to know that the paste has not been previously used or tampered with.

      The paste is easy to apply to my toothbrush, and it is also easy to squeeze the exact amount I require. Sometimes with pastes that are in pumps, you have to have a full pump of paste which can produce too much paste and cause wasteage.

      I am generally used to fairly minty toothpastes. I like this as they leave my mouth feeling clean, and my breath smelling fresh. This Tesco paste is not minty at all. The taste is not unpleasant by any means, but it just doesn't leave my mouth feeling clean or fresh. For me personally, this is a definite downside, as when I run my tongue over my teeth after using this paste, it almost feels like I haven't brushed them at all. In addition, it means that this paste doesn't freshen my breath. This is usually pretty standard with toothpastes, so I was fairly disappointed.

      Finally, the paste didn't reduce the sensitivity of my teeth. This was probably the most disappointing aspect of all (partly because the paste claimed to care for sensitive teeth, and partly because I love ice cream so it was annoying not to be able to eat it!). I used the paste twice a day for a month and found that my teeth remained just as sensitive, so sadly the paste failed to live up to its claims for me.
      As with most toothpastes, the packaging advises children under 6 to use a pea sized amount of paste, and to be supervised during brushing to reduce the risk of the child swallowing the paste, as it contains fluoride.

      In summary I can't recommend this paste, as it fails to live up to claims of reducing sensitivity, and it also didn't leave my teeth feeling clean or my breath smelling fresh. I am disappointed, as the product was a great price, and I would have loved to have been able to switch away from the much dearer Colgate. Despite the low price tag, I will not be purchasing this paste again, as it simply failed to live up to expectations for me.

      Thank you for reading.

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        18.11.2010 11:56
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        I'm glad I put this in my trolley!

        I have always had slightly sensitive teeth but not to the extent that they trouble me enough to buy a special toothpaste. I can drink a cup of tea or cold water, for example, but couldn't actually bite into an ice lolly. As it happens, I don't really like ice lollies anyway, hence no need for a special toothpaste!

        However when the weather turned cold a few weeks back, I started getting a terrible ache at the base of my lower front teeth every time I stepped out into the cold. The only thing that alleviated the pain was wrapping a scarf completely around the lower part of my face, and even that didn't stop the pain completely. I was resigning myself to a trip to the dentists when I spotted this toothpaste and thought it was worth a try in the interim. The only reason I really noticed it at all to be honest was that I noticed Tesco had raised the price of their regular total care toothpaste which I normally buy, which prompted me to give the shelf a quick scan for alternatives.

        I must admit, i didn't have high hopes for this toothpaste, and I did buy a regular tube as well as I had a feeling it wasn't going to taste all that great. The product itself comes in a regular tube with an identical pink and white design to that on the box (pictured). It has a flip top lid which is fine, although it does tend to get 'clogged up' quite easily so needs a quick wipe over occasionally. The tube does tend to retain its shape, meaning that it always looks fairly full even when it isn't, but of course as soon as you squeeze it you have a good idea of the remaining contents.

        As expected, the taste wasn't brilliant but not awful either. It is minty but very very mild. I would prefer a stronger minty taste to leave my mouth feeling fresher. My teeth do feel clean but I miss that minty fresh feeling you get from a stronger toothpaste. If you normally use mouthwash as well then this would not be a problem. I haven't found it leaves my breath stale or my mouth tasting nasty, I cleaned my teeth about 3 hours ago this morning and can't taste the toothpaste at all now but wouldn't say my teeth felt dirty or as though I needed to freshen up.

        In terms of pain relief, I have to say I have not had any pain at all from the day I started using this toothpaste. the weather hasn't improved, so I can only say that the toothpaste must work. Yes, I'm surprised too! I haven't noticed a massive improvement in day to day eating and drinking, but as it never troubled me too much before anyway I think I am just conditioned not to let hot or cold foods touch my bottom teeth now, and I definitely don't fancy biting into an ice lolly in this weather in the name of research!

        As someone who does not normally use sensitive toothpaste, i have found this product to be of benefit and definitely worth a try, especially at 62p a tube. Whether it would measure up to brand names in performance I'm not sure, but it does work to an extent so could be a good moneysaving alternative.

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        17.06.2010 20:46
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        Worth a try!!!!

        TESCO TOTAL CARE TOOTHPASTE

        I always use sensitive toothpaste. I have to other wise it feels like my head will drop off when i eat or drink hot or cold things. Up until recently I always used Sensodyne Toothpaste but 2 weeks ago I decided to try Tesco Total Care Sensitive. I must admit I was dubious because of the massive price difference, but Tesco usually come up trumps so I went for it.

        Sensodyne toothpaste costs £3.19 for a 75ml tube but Tesco Total Care Sensitive is just 75p for 100ml, a big difference!!

        The box is mainly white with a pink pattern on one end of it. It has Tesco Total Care Sensitive on the front and it also says

        fluoride toothpaste with antibacterial action, wow flavour!
        It claims to have 4 benefits which are

        Fights decay and bacteria
        Strengthens enamel
        Removes plaque
        Gives wow fresh breath


        The box also has a list of ingredients , directions and a small warning about children under 6 yrs only using a small amount and being supervised whilst brushing.

        The actual tube is a standard tube of toothpaste with a regular flip top lid. It is pink and whit and has pretty much the same details on it as the box.
        The paste is white and looks just like regular tooth paste, it smells of spearmint but it is not a strong smell. The taste is quite mild not really the "wow" flavour advertised on the box. The paste is smooth. The big test of course is weather it works on sensitive teeth and I am very pleased to say that it does! I have had no painful "incidents" when drinking and eating hot or cold things. As for the actual cleaning side of things I found Tesco Total Care to be just as good as the Sensodyne Toothpaste, my teeth felt smooth and clean and my mouth felt fresh. It left my breath fresh and minty too.

        If there is a down side to this Tesco Toothpaste it is that it doesn't have such a strong mint flavour as Sensodyne, I would prefer a much stronger mint flavour but for the difference in price and the quality of the Tesco Total Care it is a very small down side.
        I would definatly recommend Tesco Total Care, it gets 5 stars from me!

        ADVANTAGES
        Works on sensitive teeth
        Fresh breath and clean teeth
        Excellent price


        DISADVANTAGES
        Not a strong enough mint flavour.

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        11.02.2010 13:06
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        average

        I am using this at the moment and I am not overly impressed! I have used some Tesco toothpastes before and had moderate success with them. The price of this caught my eye and I am a sucker for saving a few pence here and there. I think it was about fifty pence for a tube, which is nearly half the price of a Colgate tube.

        While it might dispense easily and massage into the teeth with ease, the toothpaste does not leave the teeth feeling fresh enough for me. Colgate and Aquafresh both leave you with a minty zest in the mouth, whereas this one just left the mouth feeling...incomplete. After a couple of hours I was reaching for some mints as a stale toady aroma was enveloping around my mouth.

        It is a good toothpaste for delivering a clean though and the sensitive nature of the toothpaste means that is non abrasive on the teeth. They did have a decent amount of sparkle to them after the brush, though the taste factor put me off. Trying to describe the exact taste is difficult. It is slightly salty and not sharp enough to leave the mouth feeling minty. I feel if they focused more on the breath element of the paste, then it would be a lot more successful.

        A tube lasts me for a month or so and you do not need to use much of it in one go. Would I buy this brand again? No I wouldn't. But then I probably would try some of the other Tesco toothpastes, merely because the price is a draw. This toothpaste is better for people with sensitive gums and teeth and for those who are not so bothered about the minty zing. For me, I like a toothpaste which delivers not only cleaning power but long lasting freshness too.

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        18.05.2009 08:16
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        A fantastic toothpaste at a bargain price.

        Tesco Total Care Sensitive Toothpaste is provided in a standard toothpaste tube which is silver & dark pink in colour and has a white screw top lid as well as a foil seal over the end of the tube to avoid any tampering. This tube is provided within a cardboard box that is silver & pink with a Tesco logo and information about using the toothpaste.

        The toothpaste itself has easy to squeeze out of the tube and has a nice minty flavouring to it. Simply apply it to your toothpaste and then begin brushing your teeth, this foams up pretty well which is great for giving your whole mouth a clean. This toothpaste is suitable for people aged 6 and up and if it's for little ones then just ensure that they use a pea sized amount and don't swallow any of this toothpaste. It is quite a long lasting toothpaste and one tube of this would probably last me a good 3 or 4 weeks with brushing twice a day and this is the recommend minimum that you brush your teeth.

        I do suffer from quite sensitive teeth and I did not find any problems with using this toothpaste but then I normally don't have any pains when brushing and it's after drinking a hot or cold drink that they hurt a little and unfortunately this didn't stop after using this toothpaste a few times.

        This toothpaste does give a great clean of my teeth, gums & tongue and leaves me with fresh breath that lasts a good hour or so. I would use this toothpaste again and would recommend it as a good toothpaste for the whole family that keeps my mouth looking and feeling pretty clean. A 100ml tube of this toothpaste costs 92p and it is a bargain price for a pretty good product. I am rating this toothpaste 4/5 and have knocked off one star because I would prefer a stronger mint taste and slightly more foaming action.

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