Saturday, September 29, 2007

At last! A mint-free, licorice-free, fruit-free toothpaste

Picture (©Tom's of Maine)

My partner has a strange, yet passionate aversion to mint. This makes toothpaste an issue. No minty freshness is welcomed in our household. However much I like mint (and peppermint patties, and Junior Mints, and candy canes, and mint chocolate kisses, and creme de minthe) I eschew it at home for my sweetie. He is also displeased with anise/licorice. Life has been difficult in the toothpaste aisle.

Now he likes Close Up, since it is a gel that is cinnamony. However, it never really wowed me. Gels, perhaps, are not my favorite. So for years I've been hunting for a toothpaste that would make my mouth feel fresh, while not grossing out my partner. The fruit pastes just don't do it for me.

Now I have discovered Tom's of Maine Cinnamon-Clove Whole Care toothpaste. It tastes yummy (sweetened by xylitol) and is pleasantly, but not overwhelmingly, spicy. What's more, it is whitening, and adds almost a polished feel to the tooth. Unfortunately, it does have floride, which is much discussed as not healthful, but the amount is about half that in a standard toothpaste. It does have clove oil, which might actually have a mild numbing effect on the gums prior to flossing, although it is not billed as such by Tom's of Maine.

So, on behalf of those trying to avoid mint everywhere, Thank You Tom's of Maine!

Factoid: Recently I learned that nursing mothers try to avoid mint as it could have a lessening effect on milk production. Fascinating!

10 comments:

missus g said...

Hey Rion,

That whole fluoride-is-bad-for-you thing is totally questionable. Too much fluoride is bad, but a little seems to be good. Fear not.

The Missus

Andre in TX said...

My wife also has a passionate mint aversion - although visceral might be a better adjective. I understand the difficulties of trying to find the right toothpaste and mouthwash! There must be an online support group somewhere...

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