December 5, 2012
Getting long in the tooth? Toothpaste “selected for people over 50″
So I’m watching a network TV newscast the other night – the place where old people go to die in their sleep apparently based on the number of old peoples’ drug ads that appear therein – and I must not be there yet because I stayed awake long enough to see a commercial for a Crest toothpaste “selected for people over 50.”
Hey, I’m one of them. And I still have all my teeth. So I went on the web to search further and found a Procter & Gamble news release that read as follows (the highlights are mine):
- Crest Pro-Health For Life Toothpaste defends against tooth sensitivity, tender inflamed gums, weak enamel and surface stains. This toothpaste was selected for people over 50 because it has a smoother formulation and protects all areas dentists check most.
- Oral-B Pro-Health For Life Toothbrush combines CrissCross® and Power Tip® bristles to help lift out and sweep away plaque from hard to reach places. This brush was selected for people over 50 because it has extra soft bristles.
- Crest Pro-Health For Life Rinse defends against, tender, inflamed gums from gingivitis, bad breath and plaque that brushing may miss. This rinse was selected for people over 50 because it is alcohol-free and provides a unique sensation.
- Oral-B Glide Pro-Health For Life Floss slides easily and cleans gently. The silky soft, shred-resistant ribbon removes plaque and food from in between teeth to help prevent cavities. This floss was selected for people over 50 because it is Glides softest floss.
I just turned 61. So 11 years ago, when I became “over 50,” did I suddenly need to be treated with softness? Because that didn’t happen.
And it shouldn’t have.
I looked all over for any data to back up these claims by Procter & Gamble. I couldn’t find any.
If the company wants to provide any, we’ll be more than happy to scrutinize them.
Fair and balanced…and over 50…and feeling a need for softness.