Mentadent is a brand name for a line of dental products manufactured by Unilever for its home and international markets excluding the United States and Canada where the company sold its rights to the brand to Church & Dwight Company in 2003.
Unilever's Mentadent P Toothpaste in the UK
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Church & Dwight (North America only)
In 2016, Church & Dwight announced it would discontinue the Mentadent brand effective Spring 2017. As it only involved the rights for US and Canadian sales, this did not affect Unilever which still markets and sells Mentadent branded products in other markets.
In 2018 Unilever quietly retired the Mentadent SR brand from the UK market, leaving only Mentadent P on sale.
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Unilever first introduced the brand around 1982 with the launch of Mentadent P, Mentadent later became the key brand for Unilever toothpaste and Gibbs SR, a brand that dated back to the 1950s, was renamed Mentadent SR.
First UK television advertEdit
Gibbs SR was the first product to be promoted on UK television. The introduction of commercial television advertising was due to the Television Act of 1954 which created the commercial broadcaster ITV. The advertisement was first shown on Associated-Rediffusion on 22 September, 1955 at 8.12pm BST, with a voiceover by Alex Macintosh. The advertisement was written and produced by Brian Palmer.
Unilever make 3 varieties of toothpaste under the Mentadent brand
- Mentadent P Toothpaste
- Mentadent Sensitive Toothpaste
- Mentadent SR Toothpaste (Discontinued)
Post-2003 brand within the United States and CanadaEdit
In 2003, Church & Dwight Company acquired the United States and Canadian rights to the Mentadent brand from Unilever and then operated it as a subsidiary brand of Arm & Hammer until it discontinued sales of the brand in 2016.
Mentadent is most notable for its unique toothpaste dispenser: a dual chamber pump. This design is intended to keep two ingredients separated until they are dispensed. Upon brushing, the ingredients will react with each other in the user's mouth. Both the toothpaste (formula) and the design of the pump were invented and then patented by Hans Schaeffer - who later sold the patent.
In the majority of its toothpaste lines, the two separate ingredients are baking soda and peroxide. Upon brushing, baking soda and peroxide combine to release oxygen bubbles. It is claimed that these bubbles will clean, whiten, and freshen the mouth.
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- Mentadent Replenishing White
- Mentadent Advanced Whitening
- Mentadent Advanced Cleaning with Breath Freshening
- Mentadent Advanced Care
- Mentadent White System
- "Our brands Mentadent". Unilever. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
- "Unilever agrees to sell its US and Canada oral care brands to Church & Dwight" (Press release). Unilever. 10 September 2003. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
- "Mentadent Discontinue Letter" (PDF). Church & Dwight Co., Inc. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-12-20. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
- "Mentadent". Unilever. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
- Boyle, Darren (27 October 2016). "Storyboard for Britain's first ever TV advert which promised 1955 customers that Gibbs SR Toothpaste would leave them 'tingling fresh' is on sale for £900". Daily Mail. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
- "Classic TV Adverts Still Bring Back Happy Memories". News & Star. Cumbria. 15 July 2011. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011.
- "The end of a golden age". Marketing Week. 6 January 2005. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
- Palmer, Alasdair (11 September 2005). "How my dad invented the ad". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
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