I hope you all had a good week. On my side, I seem to have caught an INSEAD bug that’s going around, so I’m feeling a bit under the weather. I’m taking it easy this morning ahead of a BIG weekend, the Grand Prix is happening all weekend in Singapore- with performances by J Lo, Robbie Williams and John Legend. Can’t believe that a year ago, I came all the way to Singapore from SA for 3 days, just for the Grand Prix, with no idea that I’d be living here a year later.
Just before I left SA, Oral B got in touch with me, asking if I’d be keen to review a brand new product of theirs- you guessed it, they’ve launched their own toothpaste! I may be a bit biased because when I first started working (some 8 years ago), I worked at Procter and Gamble and was a financial analyst on Oral B. Since then, I’ve been using an Oral B electric toothbrush, and I don’t quite know how I ever lived without it. Sometimes when I travel, I take a less bulky “normal” toothbrush, and my teeth always feel icky after.
Toothpaste, however, is not something I’m particularly fussy about. I know I like something with granules, and I also like a very minty taste. I’m very bad and only brush once a day, so I definitely need my mouth to feel fresh all day.
So I was super keen to get involved and be part of Oral B’s trial. I’ve been using the TriZone electric toothbrush and Pro- Expert toothpaste for about a month now, and I can definitely vouch for both.
This is a little technical, and the only reason I kind of understand it is because one of my BFFs is a dentist, but most toothpastes contain fluoride, which protects enamel and combats tartar and plaque. However, if you want a toothpaste that whitens or something for sensitive teeth, you have to get a product specifically for that.
Where Pro- Expert is different, is that it contains something called Stannuous fluoride, which is patented to Oral B.
This stuff has a broad spectrum of benefits, it protects against cavities, plaque, gum problems and bad breath AND it removes stains and helps block sensitivity.
It took me a while to get accustomed to the toothpaste because I found that it didn’t “foam” as much as I was used to, and at times I had to add a little extra toothpaste midway through brushing. Its texture is also kind of runny and less gel- like. However, these weren’t biggies and I quickly got used to it. I found that my breath stayed fresh throughout the day, there was far less plaque build up on my teeth, and I can see that my teeth are whiter. Sorry if this is gross, but previously, before I brushed each morning, I could SEE the plaque on my teeth. Now, I can’t see anything before brushing, my teeth stay clean.
I’m also a big fan of the toothbrush, and although this wasn’t part of the trial itself, I still want to tell you about it. The brush head is larger so wraps around 2-3 teeth at a time, rather than just one tooth like normal electric toothbrush heads. The combo of the snazzy brush plus toothpaste = teeth that are sparkly and clean for longer.
The Oral B Pro- Expert toothpaste retails for R34.99 and is available at all the usual outlets.
If you end up trying it out, let me know your thoughts!
Love from Singapore,