6 / 8
Dr Richard Marques Super Strong Teeth Whitening Paste, £15
The promise: “The highest quality natural whitening experience.”
We give it: 7/10
Review: “Wimpole Street dentist Dr Richard Marques is known for keeping celebrity gnashers gleaming white, so I was curious to see how much power he’d managed to pack into a natural with this new launch. It contains calcium carbonate and silica ‘for a natural teeth whitening experience’ and natural peppermint oil ‘for teeth and gum odour removal and breath freshening.’
“I’ve been using it for a month and have enjoyed the refreshing lack of obvious sweetness of conventional toothpaste (it’s sweetened with tooth-friendly xylitol and sorbitol, a glucose derivative used in sugar-free foods). The minty taste is bracing, in a good way. Calcium carbonate is shown in studies to remove stains better than normal toothpaste and it also contains silica which is mildly abrasive. It doesn’t contain fluoride, which may be a plus or a minus depending on your viewpoint. For me, with my much filled teeth, it’s OK as a temporary intervention.
“I didn’t think it was working, until a friend said unprompted that my teeth were looking pearly. I drink a lot of black tea and this toothpaste seems to have kept stains at bay. Would I buy it again? I’m not sure. It’s pricey at £15 (there are cheaper natural toothpastes) but seems to have good natural whitening ingredients and the tube is large enough to last a couple of months. I’d see this as a good twice-a-year buy.”