The Good: Tastes good, Actually whitens teeth, Inexpensive, Stops oral irritation
The Bad: Does not whiten teeth very fast.
The Basics: Arm & Hammer Sensitive Whitening Fresh Mint toothpaste is good, but not the miracle whitener one might hope for.
Recently, I had my long-present split molar removed. It was, honestly, a relief to me after all this time. However, it left my mouth in a lot of pain and vulnerable to infections. So, in addition to using Listerine Total Whitening (reviewed here!), my wife and I started using Arm & Hammer Sensitive Whitening Fresh Mint toothpaste. This is significant because the “Sensitive” aspect of the toothpaste comes from some Orajel-like additive that numbs mouth pain and it legitimately worked.
My wife and I purchased the 4.5 oz. tube of Arm & Hammer Sensitive Whitening Fresh Mint, which lasted more than the full month of my convalescence when using it twice daily. The key selling points of the toothpaste were the whitening aspect – which it did not deliver exceptional results very quickly – and the Orajel which worked to numb the area where my tooth was extracted. After about four weeks of using Arm & Hammer Sensitive Whitening Fresh Mint twice a day, I noticed less yellow on my teeth, which confirmed that whitening aspect of the toothpaste was working, but it was not working all that quickly.
Arm & Hammer Sensitive Whitening Fresh Mint is an inexpensive, but surprisingly effective, toothpaste with several selling point functions. It comes in a classic tube design with a plastic top that unscrews from the tube. The 4.5 oz. tube is five inches long by two inches wide and it tapers near the end with the nozzle. When the cap is unscrewed, there is a hard plastic nozzle which directs the product out of the tube and onto one's toothbrush. Toothpaste is easily dispensed from this type tube by flattening the plastic tube from the bottom toward the top and this also allows the user to get the most out of it.
To use Arm & Hammer Sensitive Whitening Fresh Mint, simply dispense a small amount onto the bristles of a toothbrush and bring the brush up to your mouth and spread the toothpaste over teeth using the brush. Then agitate the toothpaste into a foam to clean teeth entirely and expectorate the product (the process takes about a minute). Rinse mouth to remove any excess toothpaste and theoretically, the process should be complete and your teeth ought to feel wonderful.
The reason I continue to use Arm & Hammer Sensitive Whitening Fresh Mint is that it seems to work very well and it did not taste bad. Unlike many whitening products, there was no chalky flavor to this toothpaste. Since starting to use this toothpaste, I have developed no cavities and there has been no noticeable tartar or plaque build-up on my teeth. Add to that, my teeth have gotten lighter, though only by a shade or two. Arm & Hammer Sensitive Whitening Fresh Mint only whitened my teeth about one shade on the color shade chart after a month of use. Despite not claiming to be tartar control, I have noticed less tartar on my teeth, though I suspect the fact that I increased my regular flossing may be as responsible for that as the toothpaste.
Arm & Hammer Sensitive Whitening Fresh Mint significantly freshens breath. The toothpaste tastes minty, with a mild peppermint flavor. It has an instant cooling effect to it that makes my whole mouth taste fresh and clean. The taste of mint is appropriately strong and the intensity of the toothpaste is refreshing. It instantly makes my teeth, gums, tongue, cheeks and throat feel cool and fresh. . . until it mildly numbs them! After brushing with Arm & Hammer Sensitive Whitening Fresh Mint, my mouth left me feeling numb, but fresh.
Arm & Hammer Sensitive Whitening Fresh Mint works well and though it might not whiten very fast, it is a great option for those who have oral surgery and mouth pain and want to brush their teeth and feel all right.
For other oral care products, please visit my reviews of:
Aquafresh Extreme Clean Whitening Action Mint Blast toothpaste
Colgate Whitening Rinse
OxyFresh Dental Gel
For other health and beauty reviews, please visit my Health And Beauty Review Index Page for an organized listing!
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