I would say that the majority of the population does not like going to the dentist. I mostly don’t like going because it’s a constant reminder at how horrible I am at remembering to floss. I’ve had four different dentists in my life and each has taken a different tactic to try to remind me to floss. The latest dentist finally declared, “That’s OK. Only floss the teeth you want to keep.”
Why all the fuss about brushing and flossing? Because not doing so can allow icky bacteria to form between your tooth and the gum line, which can lead to gingivitis – a mild form of gum disease. Gingivitis can lead to serious tooth issues, including tooth loss, if left untreated. That’s why it is important to visit your dentist twice a year, and that’s why it’s important for us to do what we can to keep gingivitis at bay. Fortunately, the folks at Crest have recently launched a new line of products to help combat and reverse gingivitis.
About Crest Pro-Health Clinical Gum Protection
Crest Pro-Health Clinical Gum Protection Toothpaste is the newest member of the Crest Pro-Health family, now with a new, advanced formula that provides our highest level of protection against plaque bacteria that cause gingivitis and is clinically proven to help reverse gingivitis in just four weeks.
Just like other Crest Pro-Health toothpastes, Crest Pro-Health Clinical Gum Protection protects against all these areas dentist check most: cavities, plaque, tartar, sensitivity, stains, and fresh breath, but now offers a newly balanced stabilized stannous fluoride chemistry that provides an increase in antibacterial power, resulting in our highest level of protection against plaque bacteria that cause gingivitis.
Going into this review, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to truly test Crest’s claims until I visited the dentist in a few months. However, since one of the warning signs of gingivitis is red and swollen gums, I could get a non-scientific gauge about whether the Crest Pro-Health Clinical Gum Protection Toothpaste made a difference. In addition to the toothpaste, Oral-B has a Pro-Health Floss and a CrossAction Pro-Health toothbrush that you can use to help in the gum-disease-fighting process.
Taking a look at the Oral-B Cross Action Pro-Health Toothbrush, this thing is like the Cadillac of manual toothbrushes. It has virtually everything you need to help keep your mouth clean, including their CrissCross bristles that help remove up to 50% more plaque and two rows of gum stimulators. The back of the toothbrush also has a tongue scraper to help keep your mouth and breath smelling fresh.
The Oral-B Glide Pro-Health Clinical Protection Floss is mint flavored and is supposed to slide into tight spaces 50% easier than other flosses. My back teeth are close together and some flosses aren’t up to the challenge and shred a little when I floss between those teeth. I did think that the Oral-B Glide Pro-Health Clinical Protection floss slid easily between the back teeth to help remove plaque, which is a contributor to gingivitis.
I have been using the Crest Pro-Health Clinical Gum Protection Toothpaste for a little over a week. As I mentioned earlier, this isn’t exactly scientific, but I have noticed that my gums aren’t bleeding as much when I floss. Bleeding gums is sometimes a symptom of gingivitis, so no blood is a good thing. Even better is that according to Crest, it the toothpaste is clinically proven to help reverse gingivitis in just four weeks. Who could say “no” to that. Another thing I like about this toothpaste is that in addition to it’s gingivitis-fighting power, it still has all of the things I look for in a toothpaste, including addressing tooth sensitivity and whitening. The clean mint flavor is fresh, and mildly vanilla-ish to me. It has a clean after-taste but isn’t quite as minty as some other mint flavors I’ve tasted, which means my water actually tastes somewhat like water when I drink after I brush.
Whether we want to admit it or not, flossing is actually a critical part of preventing gum disease. Fortunately, by using a toothpaste such as Crest Pro-Health Clinical Gum Protection Toothpaste as part of a daily tooth cleaning regimen (and don’t forget to floss, floss, floss!) we will be able to help our mouth stay clean, fresh smelling, and disease-free!
Crest Pro-Health Clinical Gum Protection Online
- Crest Pro-Health Clinical Gum Protection Website
- Watch Dr. Travis Stork and dental hygienist Amy Hazlewood talk about gingivitis
The WiC Project – Crest Pro-Health Gum Protection Giveaway
One lucky winner will receive a special gingivitis-fighting product package containing Crest Pro-Health Clinical Gum Toothpaste, Oral-B Glide Clinical Gum Protection Floss, and an Oral-B CrossAction Pro-Health toothbrush.
This giveaway ended on October 5, 2010 and is now closed.
Disclaimer: This post consists of my (and/or fellow tester) opinions only. No compensation was given for this review/giveaway. I did receive free Crest Pro-health products from the manufacturer or representing PR agency to use and test for the purposes of this review. This did not affect the outcome of this review.