It’s no secret that mint is the most popular flavor for toothpaste in the United States. Focus groups have found that mint brings to mind freshness and is great at masking odors. The cooling sensation created by mint flavors also leaves mouths feeling cleaner.
The rest of the world doesn’t necessarily follow the lead of the US regarding toothpaste flavors. Here are a few weird ones:
Although the most popular brands offer mostly mint selections, their kinds of toothpaste geared towards children offer grape and cookies and cream choices. For a limited time, a chocolate flavored toothpaste was on the market for both adults and children
A shockingly red toothpaste with flavors of mint, licorice, and clove, claims to make teeth whiter due to the reflection of light off the red coloring. Its’ name hints at red lipstick, and it certainly looks like it coming out of the tube.
A salt toothpaste is available in the UK that is said to be infused with peppermint essential oil and safe for vegetarians. Salt naturally encourages production of saliva and is gritty which helps with micro scrubbing.
Japan takes home the trophy on weird flavors of toothpaste. They can be thanked for the current charcoal trend, and if that wasn’t strange enough they have flavors like Indian curry, pumpkin pudding, and even eggplant!
Even America isn’t immune to trying new crazy flavors and thanks to marketing we may even have more variety than the rest of the world, now. As we all know, kids have fruity fun flavors while adults get bombarded by variations of mint. These norms have been challenged in recent years by companies trying to help us add a little variety to our lives. Kids are now offered various ice cream flavors while the real fun has started in the grown-up options. Alcohol doesn’t have to be for drinking and cooking only. Flavors infused with scotch, whiskey and champagne are now on the market. Some other crazy varieties include pickle, cupcake, and bacon flavored toothpaste.
While some of these flavors may be more for novelty’s sake, it’s fun to see what possibilities exist. All flavors aside, brushing twice a day is of paramount importance to your dental health. If choosing toothpaste is giving you a headache, Dr. Collins will be happy to help you decide which ingredients will be optimal for your situation. Call the office at 509-532-1111 (Spokane) 509-927-2273 (Spokane Valley).
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