Since I’ve already kicked off Oral Health Month by divulging my darkest oral hygiene secrets, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to write my review of a product that arrived in the new year: OraMD.
I’m usually willing to try just about anything, and when a company pitches a product that can be used for my entire family, I know other families will want to hear about it, too. So for all intents and purposes, OraMD should have made a huge splash in my home.
While I’m thankful that the company sent me a bottle of its versatile toothpaste/mouthwash combo product, I’m going to apologize in advance. This ain’t gonna be pretty.
I love natural products, so the one huge thing OraMD has going for it is its ingredients: peppermint, spearmint and almond oil. That’s it. No glycerin, no SLS, no silica, no GMOs, no chemicals that are potentially doing more harm to your system than good for your teeth. No question, this is probably the cleanest “toothpaste” out there aside from good ol’ baking soda.
There’s a 365-day guarantee, as long as you follow a specific four-step process. Guarantees are good. Guarantees for a year on a product like this are unheard of.
I really struggle to find much else to include in this section, except that if you can get through the process, I’m sure your breath smells like minty fresh goodness.
Let me start by saying that I like mint-flavoured mouthwashes. I like spearmint gum. I can even stomach peppermint candies, even though I’m not a candy-lovin’ gal. And I have used some pretty gross toothpastes in the past in an effort to use non-controversial ingredients (think lemon and salt – VILE!). I can’t stand this stuff. The instructions suggest using two drops on your toothbrush, so – having never used anything like this before – I started with one. I was expecting some essence of the almond oil, but my mouth was met with a flash freeze. The OraMD hit my tongue and the roof of my mouth with a fervour unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. If you can imagine a freezie made out of pure, strong spearmint blasting into your mouth and all but paralyzing everything in it, that’s what it was like. I’ve tried it half a dozen times, but I just couldn’t do it anymore. Sorry.
It’s not just about the flavour; it’s about the feeling. It stopped me in my tracks and I couldn’t wash that feeling out of my mouth for a long, long time. Have you tried Anbesol? The stuff that numbs babies’ gums to take the edge off teething? Well, before I ever put any of it into my baby’s mouth, I tried it on myself. Suffice it to say that I disliked the feeling so much that I never gave it to either of my kids. And it was the same with OraMD; there was no way I was going to let it get anywhere my kids’ mouths, and the look on my face was enough that Big B had zero interest in trying it himself. If you love that numb, tingle-y feeling you get when your foot falls asleep, then OraMD might be right up your alley.
It’s really expensive. I guess if you’re the kind of person who buys high-end toothpaste AND uses mouthwash twice daily AND buys breath mints, then perhaps it’s comparable since you can kill three proverbial birds with one
stone bottle. But if you’re the average person brushing twice a day and that’s it, you’re not going to find the OraMD much of a bargain. It’s more than $20 a bottle.
Anytime I Google a product and the word “scam” comes up attached to it in any way, I get nervous. I don’t know how you can be “scammed” by a toothpaste manufacturer, and I’m super-conscious of the fact that competitors can get nasty and actually set up fake sites and reviews to create a scam out of nothing. But – do your due diligence if this is a product you decide to purchase.
2/5 (I really, really wanted to give it a “1” but at the end of the day, the ingredients are so clean that it deserved better.)