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Consumers seek at-home whitening solutions

BY Antoinette Alexander

Do you think that most consumers are using professional whitening services to brighten their smile? Think again.

According to recent research by Mintel, only 10% of those looking for whiter teeth took a seat in the dentist chair for a professional whitening service. Many consumers are actually turning to toothpaste, mouthwash or at-home whitening strips. That’s good news for retailers and suppliers.

“Some of the key growth drivers in the oral care market include an increased interest in whitening capabilities and products that deliver multiple benefits,” stated Gabriela Mendieta, home and personal care analyst at Mintel. “Also, many consumers are becoming more aware of how oral care affects their general health, and marketers can use this opportunity to push products that not only help with teeth and gums, but also one’s overall well-being.”

The research found that slightly more than 4-out-of-10 respondents (41%) have tried to whiten their teeth in the last 12 months using toothpaste, while 17% have given it a whirl with at-home mouthwash and 15% with at-home whitening strips.

The majority of people (73%) are looking for toothpaste that prevents cavities, while some 70% of Americans look for toothpaste that boasts tartar control. A product that promises whiter teeth is the third most popular attribute with 66% of people, followed by 56% who are looking for a product to strengthen their enamel.

“The list goes on and on. … Whether it’s gum disease, tooth sensitivity or dry mouth, there is a toothpaste or mouthwash product out there for you,” Mendieta said. “Oral care products that feature multiple attributes are expected to do well with consumers in the coming years, as it is more cost-effective to buy one product that helps with several needs.”

The relation between oral health and general health may be a selling point for marketers to drive sales and encourage users to widen their oral care repertoires and regimens. In fact, the floss/accessories/tools segment increased by more than 2.8% in sales from 2010 to 2011, more than any other oral care segment, according to Mintel. The research suggests that this could grow further if marketers create ads that highlight the link between oral bacteria and the potential for risk in other areas of the body.

 

 

The article above is part of the DSN Category Review Series. For the complete Oral Care Buy-In Report, including extensive charts, data and more analysis, click here.

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Multibenefit mouthwash sales increase

BY Antoinette Alexander

The mouthwash segment experienced a slight uptick, as formulas that offer multiple benefits catch consumers’ attention — a trend that is likely to continue as consumers increasingly seek value.

Among those shining stars that experienced double-digit growth is ACT Total Care, according to 52-week data from SymphonyIRI Group, a Chicago-based market research firm. 

ACT Total Care is an alcohol-free formula that promises to strengthen teeth, help rebuild enamel, prevent cavities and freshen breath.

 

The article above is part of the DSN Category Review Series. For the complete Oral Care Buy-In Report, including extensive charts, data and more analysis, click here.

 

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Parents set higher snack standards

BY Barbara White-Sax

Whether packing lunches or providing an on-the-go pick-me-up, parents want more from the snacks they give their kids. “Snacks have to be nutritious, convenient and nutrient-dense,” said June Jo Lee, VP of The Hartman Group. Alternative grains, low-sugar and bean-based snacks are hot, and portion control is important. With nut allergies on the rise in the last decade, sales of nut-free snacks are increasing. Consumers are moving away from soy, which could be the next high-fructose 
corn syrup.


 

 

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