As a regular tea drinker, I have always been worried about just how much affect my consumption is having on my teeth.
Tea and coffee along with the likes of smoking and red wine are all known to be causes of tooth staining.
Regular brushing will help avoid and reduce staining, but White Glo have a product specifically designed for tea and coffee drinkers, to target discolouration and yellowing of the tooth enamel.
The low abrasion formula not only protects against stains by repelling the formation of such but contains fluoride to fight against decay long with an extra strong whitening formula to fight existing staining.
Does it actually work?
The short answer is yes.
If you have heavily stained teeth from drinking the likes of tea and coffee you can obtain quite significant difference in tooth shade as a result of this. This is particularly noticeable if you have not had the best oral hygiene routine and have not used a whitening paste before.
For those already with a good routine the difference may be more minimal but there is still potentially good work being done by the paste to help reduce ongoing stains.
How much does it cost?
The 100ml tube of paste was actually available for at little at £3 at the time of writing form supermarket Morrisons, as part of a special offer. However, the typical price from a variety of retailers was £3.99.
At £3 you are getting a bargain, at £3.99 you still get a pretty good package as you not only get the paste with its strong formula, but a toothbrush as well and some toothpicks.
A normal toothbrush and toothpaste without any whitening properties can set you back £4 and here you get both included.
Where can I buy it?
Online sellers such as Amazon (view on Amazon) sell it as do the following stores that have both a high street and online presence, Boots, Superdrug and Morrisons
- It can improve teeth colour and ‘whiten’ them
- Special formula for tea and coffee drinkers
- Flip lid
- Toothbrush and toothpicks included
- Money back guarantee
- Dull packaging
- Will not whiten teeth for all
- Paying potentially for a brush you may not use
Would I recommend it?
Whilst the difference in tooth shade was not noticeable for me, this was not unsurprising given the number of pastes I have used.
There is clear evidence from others that they have seen noticeable differences in colour.
During my testing I certainly noticed no negative change in colour shade.
What I am particularly fascinated by is the excellent value for money offered. Buy it on Amazon.
Voted the number 1 whitening toothpaste in Australia, you can expect good things from this product.
A slightly different formula, this paste contains a Microwax shield to prevent staining.
Essentially forming an additional barrier to the teeth surface, tea and coffee should have a harder job of adhering to and staining the teeth.
Most ‘whitening’ toothpastes achieve a whiter smile by removing surface stains on teeth more effectively rather than changing the tooth colour via a bleaching process.
White Glo employs the stain removal approach making it perfectly safe for adults and children alike for daily use.
There is a limit to how white your teeth will be without cosmetically altering this through bleaching.
This is of course an option for anyone, but the costs are higher. If you do want to do this, ALWAYS go to a registered dental professional for advice or to complete the procedure.
How I tested the toothpaste
Any product reviewed by myself or any others on the team here at Electric Teeth gets a proper testing.
Now, by proper testing, we are not in a lab with lots of fancy equipment, but we really try the product and give our genuine thoughts and feedback on it, good or bad.
I have been using it at home like you would and being British I like a good cup of tea and consumer around 5 cups of the stuff each day.
Coffee is not something I like but I am throwing enough of the brown coloured liquid into my mouth a day that it will be having a negative effect on my teeth.
For this review I have made no changes to my normal routine. I am eating and drinking the same sort of things, I am still flossing and using an electric toothbrush.
The test lasted for 4 weeks. During this time I used the Oral-B Genius 9000 electric toothbrush set to the ‘Whitening’ mode, which is specifically designed for removing stains. I did however replace one of my cleaning sessions per day with the included brush.
I brushed twice a day for 2 minutes each time and flossed once a day, using the advised ‘pea’ sized amount of paste each time.
Summary how I tested the toothpaste
- Test lasted for 4 weeks
- Used Oral-B Genius 9000 toothbrush on Whitening mode and the included brush
- Cleaned twice a day for 2 minutes
- Flossed once a day
- Pea sized amount of paste
- No changes in diet
The inclusion of a manual toothbrush and set of toothpicks in the box with White Glo (view on Amazon) makes the physical box larger than most toothpaste boxes.
The design is not bad, but for me it does not jump out at me like some others do.
The silver, blue and brown colour combination is not the most compelling but there are some clear callouts to the main features of the paste.
Those that stand out most are the ‘Extra Strength Whitening Toothpaste’ and ‘Bonus X Action Toothbrush’.
So in the box is the tube of toothpaste which is a fairly sizeable 100ml.
At 100ml it is larger than most that come in at around 75ml, so using a pea sized amount of paste you should get 3-4 months from this tube.
Included is a manual toothbrush, with a Cross Action bristle design.
The design and configuration of these bristles is such that it should aggravate, clean and sweep away dirt and stains from the teeth effectively. The bristles are more compacted than a normal toothbrush and remove the stains without being abrasive to the teeth.
My brush was a rather bright pink and white colour combination. I am not sure if this is the standard inclusion of whether it is pot luck as to white colour it is.
It is optional as to whether you use this brush (it is advised), or one you already have, or of course you can use an electric toothbrush if you have one. The actual tube of paste does suggest that electric toothbrush users should use the included brush as part of the routine.
I believe this request is so that you stand the best chance of improvement. How much impact or difference it makes by not using it, I am not entirely sure. I am inclined to believe the potential benefits are limited and you can’t argue it did not work unless you use this brush.
A small but useful feature of the brush is that at the top of the handle is attached a small suction cup. This allows you to hang the brush off a small surface such as a tiled wall or mirror for neat storage.
Also included as a neat touch is a pack of toothpicks. Packaged in a small cardboard sleeve these can easily be stored in a pocket, bag etc. You get 8 white plastic picks included to help remove food particles caught on or in between the teeth.
So then to the paste in a bit more detail.
The tube comes with a flip lid, that wins points for me.
Flip lids make it easy to use the tube with one hand. It stands upright on the lid and you have to remove a foil seal before use.
Once removed, the paste has a life of 12 months. Of course you will use it a lot sooner if you use everyday.
The paste is white in colour with a few speckles of blue throughout. I believe that these are the components that aggravate the stains tooth surfaces to remove the stains and protect the teeth. There are further micro-particles not noticeable to the human eye that work to help achieve the excellent clean.
It has a very strong minty flavour that might be a little overpowering for some, but certainly leaves a zingy freshness.
Whilst it is hard to say precisely how long this freshness lasted for I would suggest it was about 2 hours that it remained noticeable. The effect may well have lasted longer but I was unable to actually notice this myself, but my breath may have appeared fresher to others.
The paste was not the most frothy, but a little more frothy than many pastes I have used.
Post brushing it was obvious from running my tongue along my teeth that my teeth had a certain film to them.
The ingredients in this toothpaste are:
Calcium Carbonate, Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Sorbitol, Silica, Aroma (Flavour), Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Carboxymethyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Sodium Saccharin, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Sodium Monofluorophosphate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide). *
The inclusion of fluoride within this paste helps protect the teeth against cavities and gives the small amount recommended to prevent stronger and healthier teeth.
Whilst it is only labelled on the box and not clearly marked on White Glo’s website, there is a 100% money back satisfaction guarantee.
According to the packaging, if you are not happy with the product, you can return it to them for a full refund.
They are an Australian firm but do have a UK address listed on the packaging. However no mention is made of how to return it, to what address and how to get you refund. I am sure if you contacted them they would assist and provide this, but for the relatively small initial cost I would suggest it is not worth the effort.
Please be aware that should you notice any abnormalities or extra sensitivity from using a different toothpaste you should stop and consult your dentist.
Summary of Daily Usage
- Smart packaging
- Flip lip
- 100ml tube will last about 3+ months
- The paste is white with blue speckles
- Strong minty taste
- Quite frothy
- Reduces and removes tooth staining
- Does not whiten teeth through bleaching
- Great value
- Contains fluoride
Having used White Glo for 6 weeks I have already expressed that I personally did not see any change in tooth shade colour. Here are my before and after photos, that include a colour shade from the VITA colour chart that appeared to be the closest match at the time of taking the image.
Conclusion, is White Glo Coffee & Tea Drinkers Formula Toothpaste any good?
You could do a lot worse when it comes to a paste that can whiten your teeth.
I am not able to confirm that this formula is necessarily technically any better than any other whitening paste for removing stains, particularly tea and coffee, but it does have a different ingredient list compared to other whitening pastes from White Glo, so there is a technical difference.
I have not seen other brands produce a paste specifically for tea and coffee stain removal and this makes me think that any differences between different paste formulations are indeed only noticeable in a lab, but I do not have the science to back this up.
Even if the whitening effects are not pronounced for me, you simply cannot knock the value for money that this paste offers.
Ultimately the results will be personal based on your teeth and your previous routine.
- Where can I buy White Glo Coffee & Tea Drinkers Formula Toothpaste?
- Online sellers such as Amazon sell it as do the following stores that have both a highstreet and online presence, Boots, Superdrug and Morrisons
- What are the ingredients in White Glo Coffee & Tea Drinkers Formula Toothpaste?
- Calcium Carbonate, Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Sorbitol, Silica, Aroma (Flavour), Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Carboxymethyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Sodium Saccharin, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Sodium Monofluorophosphate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide).
- Does it contain peroxides?
- What does it taste like?
- String minty taste.
- Does it actually work?
- Yes. The colour improvement will be different for different people with those never having used a whitening paste or with a poor oral hygiene routine seeing the biggest boost.
- Does it hurt?
- I had no sensitivity, pain or side affects from using this paste, should you should gain additional sensitivity or side effects as a result of using it, stop doing so and consult a dentist.
- How long does it last?
- Using a pea sized amount of paste you should get up to about 4 months of usage from this tube. It is difficult to say exactly as my test did not last long enough to use the tub of paste completely and the ‘pea sized’ amount will differ for different people.
*This paste does contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) (more information) and CI 77891, otherwise known as Titanium Dioxide (more information) which are potentially contentious inclusions for some. Whilst commonly used within cosmetics and toothpastes for many years, in more recent times studies have identified potential health and environmental concerns. There are arguments for and against with either ingredient and a range of toothpastes that are specifically designed without the inclusion of such, particularly SLS. Further reading: Telegraph , Drugs.com, NCBI, SLS Free, Daily Mail.