I’m always on the lookout for products that will make my teeth a little whiter – especially as I’m reluctant to give up the main culprits of staining: coffee and red wine!

However, I’m often a bit dubious about the wild and enthusiastic claims and promises made by tooth whitening products – and the scary list of chemicals in the ingredients.

So when I received a sample tube of Elgydium whitening toothpaste and saw that the main ingredient was sodium bicarbonate, I decided that this one would be a pretty harmless product to try, after all, our grannies have been hailing bicarb as the miracle tooth whitener for years… and Elgydium Whitening does not contain any peroxide or bleaching agents.

Elgydium Whitening is marketed as “an everyday whitening toothpaste to combat stains and discoloration”

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I’ve been using it for four weeks (the minimum time to test any tooth whitener) and so has my teenage daughter (white teeth are really high on the agenda for this selfie queen at this stage of her life). We both feel that our teeth are definitely less yellow – and the taste is mild too.

That’s my verdict – but why not test it for yourself? At only R59.95 for a 75ml tube, it’s worth a try!

What’s in it and what it does

Elgydium Whitening is a non-abrasive whitening toothpaste for everyday use. Micro-pulverised sodium bicarbonate (which is five times finer than regular sodium bicarbonate) can penetrate the finer furrows of the tooth to polish and thereby improve stains.

The product has an excellent cleaning and polishing action that does not scratch or damage the tooth enamel. In addition to the whitening effect, the polishing action also results in a smoother tooth surface, meaning stains are less likely to adhere to the enamel.

Who should use it?

Elgydium Whitening is suitable for anyone who would like to reduce staining and prevent discoloration. It is also recommended to prolong the effects of professional teeth whitening treatments.

How to use it

Brush with Elgydium Whitening for two to three minutes after every meal, or at least twice a day.

Where to get it

Available at Clicks, Dis-Chem and selected independent pharmacies, RRP R59.95 for 75ml
(also available in Cool Lemon)