It’s my favorite, so they’ll probably stop making it.

You know how it is.  You try and try to find what kind of a particular product you really like.

You try different kinds, different brands… finally, you find it:  your favorite Whatever.  For a few months, or a few years, you buy it faithfully.  It’s just right.  You’ll never buy a different one.

And then they stop making it.

I already told you how it happened to the one antihistamine that really works for me.  Every time I have a bad allergy attack, I consider buying it from Canada, where it is still made.  Then I price it, and weigh that against the fact that I have really bad allergy attacks only a few times a year.  The rest of the time, I’m just fighting allergies.  So I don’t buy it.

Listerine toothpaste. It's excessively minty, but the single most effective toothpaste I've ever used.

No other toothpaste leaves my teeth feeling really, REALLY clean like Listerine toothpaste does.  I’ve had dentists tell me that it doesn’t matter what toothpaste you use, and it doesn’t matter what toothbrush you use, as long as it’s soft.  It’s the scrubbing action that cleans your teeth; the toothpaste doesn’t really matter.

Sorry, I don’t believe it.

Shay and I first tried this toothpaste shortly after we got married.  We were using Crest, but Shay had trouble with bleeding gums.  Listerine was not a pleasant toothpaste to use with bleeding gums, but it wasn’t long before his gums stopped bleeding.  He hasn’t had trouble with it since.

My daughter used to use Colgate fruity kids’ toothpaste.  I figured… Colgate, that’s an old, respected brand, they’ve got to be doing something right.  Their toothpaste has to do a good job, or they wouldn’t have such a good reputation.  She brushed her teeth in the morning, but an adult brushed them at night, ensuring that she could both learn how to brush her own teeth and actually have clean teeth at the same time.

One day, I bought slushies for the kids.  You know, those crushed-ice drinks with tons of food coloring.  Well, when we got home and got out of the car, ILoveBunnies was smiling, and I suddenly saw that her teeth were red!  She had a thick coating of sludge covering her teeth, and the slushie had dyed it.  Eeeeew!

I immediately switched her to this toothpaste, which she hated because it’s so very minty.  It took a few days, but we finally got all the sludge off.  I tossed the rest of the Colgate.  I don’t know what their regular toothpaste is like, but the kids’ paste didn’t impress me.

So, as long as they make it, I’ll keep buying Listerine toothpaste.  It is slightly more expensive than Crest, and you can’t find it everywhere.  I do buy it at WalMart, though.  It’s $3.97 for a 4.2-oz. tube.  Not cheap, but worth it.


It’s my favorite, so they’ll probably stop making it. — 4 Comments

    • I usually buy at least three at a time. I guess my problem is that I wait until I’ve used all three before I buy more. I need to do what you say and just buy some more long before I need it. And then some more. :)

      Stockpiling toothpaste. Who knew?

  1. I second Ollitos. Buy three, put two away and but three more when the one you used runs out. Rinse repeat. We do that same thing with a few non-perishable items.

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