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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Crest 3D White Challenge & Review

Crest 3D White mouth wash and toothpaste

Last week I got a little brochure thing from Shopper's Drug Mart with info about Crest's 3D line of dental care, oh, and a sample, who doesn't love a sample? Anyway, it came with a few of those tempting bonus optimum points coupons and I ended up picking up the mouth wash and the toothpaste. I am a dork, and I really love trying new toothpastes. Yeah.The line also has tooth whitening strips, but I passed on those, they are expensive and they bother my teeth.

Inside my messy medicine cabinet where my toothbrushes and flosser live safely in a Pom Wonderful tea glass

Once I got it home and was reading the label, I was perplexed by their claim that their products can remove up to 80% of surface stains in 14 days. Really? I am going to "challenge" them, by using only 3D White toothpaste and mouthwash for just that, 14 days. This is in no way a challenge to me, it's not like I wasn't going to brush my teeth, but these two products will be my exclusive dental team.

Ground Rules:
  • I will brush a minimum of twice a day
  • I will use the same average manual toothbrush (as opposed to my electric)
  • I will not use any other dental product (excluding floss of course)
  • Challenge will begin today (Wed. Oct. 20th) and end two weeks from now on Wed. Nov. 3rd
Okay, so there aren't many rules. I also will take before and afters for you to judge my "findings." My teeth aren't terribly stained or discoloured, but they could be whiter, so we'll see just how dazzling they look in 14 days.

Before
Grrr... sorry for the odd smile, but it's the best way to get a full view, and no laughing at my funny tooth line.

Since I used the products this morning, I thought that I might as well share my initial thoughts. We'll start with the mouthwash, or "oral rinse" as they call it...

Crest 3D White mouth wash is an alcohol free mouth wash that claims to whiten teeth, help protect against future stains, and kill bacteria that fight bad breath and interestingly contains the same whitening ingredient found in the 3D Whitestrips. Sounds pretty good. First off I have to say that I was going to be a more mild tasting mouthwash since it is alcohol free. Wrong. It starts off a bit more mellow, but since they say you should swish for 60 seconds, it does start to burn a bit. Oh, and don't put as much in your mouth as you normally would, it foams. As you swish, it starts to expand and froth and continues to foam up in your mouth after you spit, which feels a bit wrong. The foam left in your mouth is like the feeling you get after you take of tooth whitening strips, but without all that nasty aftertaste. Taste wise this was alright; minty fresh like any other mouthwash.

ooh, sparkly!

As for the toothpaste... it claims to contain micro lifting beads to lift and polish away surface stains, gentle foaming action to clean hard to reach places, plus (as if that wasn't enough) it strengthens enamel. And of course they state that it does all the other fun stuff one expects toothpaste to do (fight cavities, remove plaque, and refresh mouth.) This is a pretty blue sparkly gel like toothpaste. Look wise, no different than your average. The only real difference performance wise with this, is that it foams. Sure most toothpaste foams, but this stuff really expands like mad. I had toothpaste foam all over my face (think rabid blogger.) I will for sure have to remember to cut back on how much I put on my brush.

I'm not sold that I will see a major change in the colour of my teeth, but you never know.
Have you used this product yet? What did you think? Do you think I'll see results?


8 comments:

  1. This is interesting! :) I'd like to see the result of this challenge :D

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  2. Good post! Rabid blogger: hahahahaha!!

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  3. MMm... Waiting for the results! :)

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  4. I hope this works because I do have stained teeth. Not horribly, but enough for me to notice. If it works for you, I'm buying it!

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  5. that crap made my teeth stained...with dark grey stains..
    DONT BUY IT

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  6. This is very interesting. I am also like see the challenge result. Everybody try to keep bright their teeth. I am using Crest Pro-Health Whitening toothpaste. It's working great. No doubt about that. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. that's really nice teeth whitening treatment. dental care is an integral part of daily care routine.

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