Brush up on what you brush with: Of 44 tubes tested, these squeezed out the others.
|Tom Schierlitz |
This gel's plentiful bubbles froth up when they hit your tongue and penetrate deep between teeth, leaving behind a well-scrubbed feel.
Suggested retail price: $4
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It forms an imperceptible barrier around teeth to calm delicate nerves that are agitated by pain triggers, like hot and cold drinks.
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Squirt a dollop of this no-rinse paste onto your tongue, then run your tongue over your teeth to fade stains with calcium peroxide and freshen breath in an instant.
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