Monday, August 31, 2009

The Meaning of 2080 Toothpaste

Here at grad school, the passing of time is often marked by whimsical events unwillingly overanalysed by a fun-starved mind. One such event is when I run out of toothpaste and need to buy another money saving 3-pack. The excitement is sometimes overwhelming. Three tubes of toothpaste last a moderately hygienic bachelor a fair amount of time, so one must be careful to peruse the flavours with caution. If you're not careful, you can be stuck with 3 tubes of Green Tea flavour, or even worse, Sea Salt.

Although they don't sell my kindergarten favourite Colgate Bubblicious, there is a brand called 2080 here, which isn't bad. It comes in spearmint and peppermint flavours. As an amateur toothpaste connoisseur, I give it a 7 out of 10. The main problem is that it foams up too quickly in the mouth, which is inconvenient for me because I like to leave the basin while brushing and walk around the house so I can stare at the walls/ceiling etc.

But as I'm sure you're all wondering, what on earth does 2080 mean?


The meaning of 2080 perplexed me for an eternity before I chanced upon the answer right there on the tube. It means that it will maintain 20 of your teeth until you are 80 years of age. Therefore, should I continue to use 2080, I am due to lose around 8 of mine sometime before then.

Preferably not my molars.


SDP said...

Colgate and Crest really kill my mouth. It's like, it starts to disintegrate the flesh and after I brush my teeth there's this nasty white goo that peels of the sides of my mouth. Therefore, I'm a die-hard Arm & Hammer aficionado. Unfortunately it's rather expensive (as far as tooth paste goes...), but at least it doesn't make my mouth all goopy d('-'d)

Lee Farrand said...

Yes I've tried Arm and Hammer. Not too bad but difficult to find here.

Anonymous said...

I used to always get chastised by my parents for walking around the house toothbrushing.

Rock on fellow teeth-cleansing wanderer.

Lee Farrand said...

Teeth-cleansing wanderers of the world, unite!

Unknown said...

Hi. I am a teacher in Suwon and just discovered the writing on my tube of 2080 toothpaste. I was intrigued to learn only 20 of my teeth are protected. So, I did a google search to see if anyone else has feelings on the topic. I'm glad to see you do as well. My 20 teeth feel better.

Anonymous said...

I have a tube of 2080 back in the UK which I use on holiday. Currently, two years old, it still tastes okay. I'd not given it a moment though what 2080 meant but now I know. Can you sue if the product doesn't live up to its claims? And rating toothpaste...Excellent!