At our Polk City IA general dentist office, we like to think that we’ve seen it all, especially when it comes to oral care products. Every now and then, however, something comes along that leaves us scratching our head in disbelief. Dr. Ryan Hussong and the Cornerstone Dental team share a selection of the most absurd, intriguing, and occasionally disgusting toothpaste flavors in the world.
Brush Twice Daily…With Bacon?
If mint toothpaste no longer thrills you, how about cinnamon toothpaste? Jason Natural, Colgate, and Crest (all under $5 at Drugstore.com) offer cinnamon toothpaste, which reviewers describe as refreshing and more spicy than sweet.
Kid-friendly Tanner’s Tasty Paste ($6 at TannersTastyPaste.com) packs a fluoridated wallop in candy-coated flavors, like Banilla Bling (vanilla ice cream) and Blingsicle (orange and vanilla cream).
How do you feel about brushing your teeth with a box of chocolate? In 2005, Unilever Philippines introduced CloseUp Flavalicious toothpaste in Choco Loco. Sadly, this cocoa-flavored concoction never made it to the United States.
Tamer than most flavors on the list, jasmine mint toothpaste from Marvis ($9 at Drugstore.com) has excellent reviews. One reviewer likens the experience to “a spa in your mouth,” while another muses that the toothpaste tastes vaguely like “a cup of romantic tea.”
Propolis and Myrrh toothpaste from Tom’s of Maine ($4.99 at Drugstore.com) combines herbal resins and xylitol with a distinctive fennel flavor. However, Dr. Hussong notes, this formula is fluoride-free.
Breath Palette kits ($40 for 7 tubes at Japan Trend Shop) offer the most impressive selection of flavors, including kiwi, green tea, fresh yoghurt, cola, rose, and nearly two dozen more oddball choices.
You Thought Those Flavors Were Odd?
If you ever travel to South Korea, pick up a tube of Amore Pacific Salt toothpaste in pine flavor. Amore Pacific also offers its Pine Salt toothpastes in bamboo flavor and the mysteriously named tiger herb flavor.
When you just can’t get enough eggplant, the Japanese brand Binotomo has a solution. Yes, it actually contains eggplants. No, it isn’t purple. It’s actually black.
After falling out of favor in the 1990s, it appears that bacon is poised to make a comeback. Mr. Bacon’s bacon toothpaste from Archie McPhee appears to be a gag gift, or at least a gift that stimulates the gag reflex. The novelty retailer also sells cupcake-flavored toothpaste, as well as “Nihilist,” a flavorless toothpaste ($5 at Archie McPhee).
Choose and Use Your Favorite Flavor
We can’t tell you which flavor to choose, but we can tell you that the combination of twice-daily brushing and twice-yearly cleanings is critical to maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. When you visit our office, you will receive individual attention and much-needed examinations. Dr. Hussong uses digital x-rays, intraoral cameras, and patient education tools to ensure your satisfaction.
About Dr. Ryan Hussong, DDS: A graduate of St. Olaf College and the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, Dr. Hussong delivers comprehensive dental care to his patients. We encourage you to contact our Polk City office at 515-984-6001 to schedule an appointment or consultation. Cornerstone Dental serves residents of Alleman, Ankeny, Bondurant, and the surrounding communities.