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After a checkup the dentist suggested I switched to an enamel protection toothpaste. Since my husband loves Colgate, I simply started using the same type as him.
In terms of packaging it is available in various sizes, from travel tubes to much larger family tubes. It is usually better value for money to buy the largest tube you are sure you can use - we tended to get the 175ml.
On the shelf it is boxed in a cardboard box displaying the red and white Colgate logo, and information about the toothpaste. This sleeve is not sealed, probably only exists for stacking and can be disposed of once you get home. Inside, the contents are in a plastic tube with either a screw-top or a flip-top lid depending on which size you purchased. I actually prefer the flip tops as I find them easier to use, and they make less mess. The side of the tube has information about the toothpaste, its ingredients list, and usage suggestions, printed on it.
The toothpaste has a smooth texture, and comes out easily when squeezed, although the same smooth texture can be a nuisance when you are trying to get the last drops out. Because the tube is purely plastic, not foil, if you roll it from the bottom, it does not stay rolled up once you release it. I have had one tube splitwhen I squeezed it: it got the toothpaste out, just not the way I wanted or where I wanted!
Overall, I would have to say the packaging is functional, distinctive and well-designed.
Sadly what cost it stars was the toothpaste itself. The paste is smooth, not gritty, and comes out easily onto the brush. It took me a little time to get used to the taste - mild mint compared to my old toothpaste - and it leaves a pleasant fragrance that cures bad breath. During use the paste creates a moderate amount of foam, not enough to make you look like you are shaving, but enough to get the job done. Overall it is a fairly standard mainstream family toothpaste.
Where it fell down for me were, sadly, the areas I needed most. It was not very good at removing stains, and at the next checkup the enamel erosion had not slowed, to the point where tooth sensitivity was becoming far worse. This may be the way I was using it, but a more specialised toothpaste used the same way has since had a better result.
Overall I would give this three stars. It is a pretty average product, it will keep your teeth clean, resolve bad breath, and may well provide a degree of protection. As a mid-range toothpaste, if you just want a bit of extra protection, it is good value for money. However, if you are looking for a toothpaste to resolve major tooth sensitivity issues or enamel loss, there are better on the market.
I got this toothpaste as a free sample through the post so never one to pass up something free I decided I would give it a try, the free sample was a 19ml tube so lasted about a week.
A tube of this toothpaste is normally a 75ml tube and it will usually be around the £2 mark although I have seen them on offer at £1 or sometimes 2 for £3, I try never to buy toiletry items at full price as I believe there is no need when they go on offers so frequently.
I have seen this toothpaste in Asda and Tesco but you can also buy it from chemists and now on Amazon and online chemists.
The toothpaste comes in a mainly white tube with Colgate across it on a bright red background so it stands out and you cannot fail to know what brand it is, there is a tooth drawing with a ring round and the claim that this is a sensitive toothpaste that provides fast releif, proven protection, fresh bresh and whiter teeth. The active ingredient of this toothpaste is Potassium Citrate 5.53% w/w and Sodium Monoflourophosphate 1.14% w/w.
I have never really been one to suffer with sensitive teeth however every time i'm pregnant my teeth suffer and I end up having to have root canals, for anyone who hasn't had a root canal it is a pretty drawn ouyt process and so I suffered with sensitive teeth throughout this period.
Inside the toothpaste is more or a gel than a paste and is bright blue in colour with white bits inside which I guess are supposed to be stripes but my toothpaste didn't really come out like stripes, the toothpaste smells like a mouthwash and also tastes more like mouthwash than normal toothpaste although it still has a minty flavour. I found that the toothpaste taste ok and left my mouth feeling fresh after use however it didn't help much with the sensitivity of my poorly teeth.
I have never bought this and having tried the sample I now never will, I don't have sensitive teeth anymore luckily but this toothpaste was really no help with it anyway.
I have always had sensitive teeth especially with the cold air and cold drinks so quite often buy a sensitive toothpaste, however they never seem to suit the whole family as the taste is quite often strong and not really nice.
I decided to try Colgate sensitive while it was on offer in Sainsbury's, as with all sensitive toothpastes they are quite a bit more expensive than the usual but thought this was worth a try.
It was the same size tube at 75ml and cost around £1 more than standard. The family were impressed with the taste as they didn't realise it was sensitive until I told them, however we all thought it wasn't as throffy as usual but I think this is the same with all brands of sensitive toothpaste, it must be something in the ingredients that makes it less so. This did not cause an issue with me or my family. I have been using it for a couple of day's now and unlike Sensodyne have not noticed any significant improvement in sensitivity but it does make your mouth really feel like you have given your teeth a really good clean.
Overall I think it is not really worth the money, Colgate standard toothpaste in my opinion gives the same results.
I have recently started to become very concerned about acid erosion (thank you, Sensodyne adverts!), and my teeth have become a little bit sensitive to cold and sweet things. I decided it was time for a new toothpaste that would have some extra benefits, so I could carry on eating fruit and drinking wine without constantly worrying, and have the occasional bit of chocolate without being in pain.
First I decided to try Sensodyne, and was not at all happy with it. Before this, I had always used different variants of Colgate, and so I decided instead to try Colgate Sensitive Enamel protect. I think that I will now be using this toothpaste for a long time to come.
It is a bit expensive, as all sensitive toothpastes seem to be, but for me, it's totally worth it. It is also about £1 cheaper than Sensodyne Pronamel, and have found it in offer a few times since I started using it. The tube is also a but smaller than toothpastes usually are (75ml instead of 100ml), but that's a very minor issue.
As soon as I started using it, I have virtually stopped feeling any sensitivity in my teeth. If I have way too much sugar, I do start to feel it, but it is really rare for me to feel any discomfort now, and I never do with cold things anymore. I am not sure how you know if it is effective at protecting your enamel, but the fact that it is so effective on sensitivity and that I trust Colgate as a brand makes me feel like it is probably working as far as that goes too.
The taste is great as well, which is a very important part of toothpaste for me. It is minty and fresh tasting, and after I use it my mouth feels completely clean and my breath is definitely nice and fresh. Before I used Maxifresh by Colgate, and I did prefer the taste of that, but I think that it is best to be using this as it seems to do much more to protect your teeth. The taste is certainly good enough.
I think this toothpaste is much, much better than Sensodyne, and since it's cheaper as well, there's no reason really not to go for it. However, my teeth are only a little sensitive so I can't say how effective it would be if you have very sensitive teeth. For me it is the best sensitive toothpaste I have tried so far.
There seems to be a lot of hype at the moment about toothpastes which protect enamel from acid erosion etc etc, and having slightly sensitive teeth myself, I therefore decided to invest in Colgate Sensitive Enamel Protect.
I quite often shy away from sensitive toothpastes as in the past they always seemed to have a dreadful dreadful flavour to them. However, I was pleasantly surprised with Colgate Sensitive Enamel Protect as it has a lovely fresh spearmint flavour, and not the sweet sickly spearmint that you would associate with softmints! In fact, I would probably continue using this toothpaste based on flavour alone.
Colgate Sensitive Enamel Protect toothpaste contains the usual ingredients that promote dental health, such as fluoride, so I do feel that I am getting a good all round protection when using this toothpaste. It also leaves your mouth feeling really fresh and clean, and foams nicely when brushing so I feel like it gets in all the crevices.
However, the major downside with this toothpaste is that I have been using it for weeks now and have experienced no reduction in sensitivity. This doesn't mean that it is not protecting my enamel however, so I am willing to continue using it as I feel that it probably protects tooth enamel far more than regular toothpastes, it's just a shame I haven't experienced any sensitivity relief. I think that the major misconception is that this toothpaste will REBUILD enamel, which it doesn't claim to do, it merely helps to protect enamel. Therefore, if your enamel is already badly damaged, you can't expect miracles. I don't have dreadfully sensitive teeth anyway, so for me this is not a major problem, I am more concerned about preserving the tooth enamel to stop sensitivity getting worse, and I feel that this toothpaste probably does do that.
The toothpaste is £2.85 for 75ml in Boots, although currently theres a buy one get one free offer on which would make it better value. I feel that the price is reasonable as my 75ml tube has lasted a good length of time - you really don't need to use much as it foams up so much when brushing.
Overall I would say that this is a good everyday toothpaste, with the added bonus of enamel protection. However, I wouldn't recommend it for people with very sensitive teeth, as it doesn't seem to have much effect on sensitivity at all, so it might be worth checking reviews of other brands first to find one that offers better protection against sensitivity. Generally though, a good toothpaste for normal use.
When it comes to the subject of toothpaste in my house it's a great source of argument. Me and me Mother are both Mcleans fans but my Step-dad will only use Colgate and that is that as far as he's concerned! We only need one tube of toothpaste at any one time in the bathroom so me Step-dad (cos he has the biggest gob) always wins and we all end up using Colgate! I'm not keen on the brand full stop but every-time I'm out shopping I forget to get any so I do end up having to like it and lump it more often than not!
Mainly white oblong box with patches of red and light blue colour on it. On the front and back of the box I'm told it's Colgate 'New Improved' Sensitive Whitening which 'Removes stains and has proven protection'. Other information on the box tells me a bit about the product and I'm given directions for use, ingredients are listed, contact details for Colgate-Palmolive are given and finally the recycle symbol and bar-code are displayed (but no weight I can see which is odd lol). The tube is of course plastic, long and with a flip top lid to one end and then the front is the same as the box as it is on the back. I do like the easy squeezy tube and flip top lid it has to be said!
A Bit About The product According To The Back Of The Box And The Tube:
New gentle formula. Specially developed to be gentle to your teeth and gums. Its advanced formula is specially formulated for sensitive teeth whilst the gentle whitening system lifts away surface stains and contains tarter fighting protection for shiny white teeth. It also provides proven protections against cavities and plaque whilst refreshing your breath.
Directions for Use:
Children of 6 years and younger: Use a pea sized amount for supervised brushing to minimise swallowing.
Me Using It:
Well I squirt some of the white and turquoise 2 layer toothpaste on to all of my brush and away I go gently cleaning. I take the recommended 2 minutes and this is, well, simply it's ok really. Minty? Yes it's actually a little bit breathtaking at first with it's really spear-minty flavour but you do get used to that! It tastes ok, it works like a gel and doesn't get very foamy' at all.
When done I rinse my mouth out and sure teeth do feel cleaner. They feel grime free and teeth really do feel 'shiny'. By this I mean teeth do feel really smooth!
Sure I do think that this toothpaste is for sensitive teeth. I don't think it cures them as such even with using this on a daily basis but when I'm cleaning my teeth I am noticing that I'm losing less blood which can only be a good thing!
However I don't think this really removes stains or prevents them. My teeth don't suddenly look brighter or whiter in any way shape or form. Also although this is a really minty toothpaste that taste does wear off very quickly and breath goes back to normal really!
Not a bad quality toothpaste but it doesn't (in my case) live up to it's claims! It's sensitive when cleaning the teeth but my sensitive teeth still jangle when anything cold comes near them! As for whitening...nope doesn't do a thing for my teeth in that department either. It's simply an alright teeth cleaning toothpaste that does do that job at least!
Available in all good supermarkets etc and expect to pay about £2.60 a tube (100ml).
I received a sample 19ml tube of this toothpaste in the post last week. I got it free by requesting it from the Colgate web site. The offer has now ended.
Colgate state that the toothpaste is a "gentle formula specially formulated for sensitive teeth and enamel protection"
They also advise that it is not for use by children under seven years of age.
It says on the tube that it contains Sodium Fluoride and Bevat: Natriumfluoride.
I have done a little Google research on Bevat: Natriumfluoride. Bevat appears to mean contains and I have found some articles on the net stating that Natriumfluoride is sometimes used in the treatment of Osteoporosis in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients.
Both the Sodium and Natrium fluorides are stated as being 1450ppmF. I think but am not sure that pppmF means parts per million. Perhaps any dentists on Dooyoo could confirm this and also give a view on the inclusion of Natriumflouride in a toothpaste?
I have been using it for 4 days now and what have I noticed?
It doesn't produce as much lather in the mouth as other Colgate toothpastes like Colgate Total or Colgate Max Fresh. It is an opaque white paste, not a gel.
It has an averagely strong mint flavour, more like spearmint than peppermint.
Compared to the other Colgate Toothpastes I have mentioned it does not leave my teeth as smooth and shiny clean (to the touch of my tongue) as they do after brushing.
My teeth still feel clean but not as clean.
Clinically it is hard for me to compare this toothpaste with others. The Colgate web site says that it "Promotes remineralisation of the enamel"
and "Has a low abrasivity".
Promotes is a bit of a loose term. After all just rinsing your mouth in cold water or probably even with your own saliva I'm guessing would promote remineralisation of the enamel. I would like Colgate to be more specific than just using the word promotes.
Low abrasivity is more of a definitive statement, however I would like to see a comparative chart of abrasivity levels of all available toothpastes.
As for the "for sensitive teeth" part of the product, I haven't noticed any real difference in this respect.
I think that I will finish this sample tube but not buy it again because my teeth feel cleaner using other Colgate products.
At the moment you only have to pay £1 for this at Tescos! That's right! £1! (its on offer currently, Feb 2009) normally it retails at around £2.60 and still does elsewhere.
I bought this after not having enough money left after my food shop to replace my normal toothpaste. Now that may sound odd, your thinking, surely, pick up a Tesco Value toothpaste and save a fortune. Only, you cannot do that if you have sensitive teeth. If you do not use a specially designed tooth paste, you feel as though you have sipped on acid the next time any liquid goes into your mouth, and as if you are eating sand paper when you bite into anything. Painful is not the word!
I had been using Sensodyne tooth paste for years. It had proven itself to be the only thing that worked, despite my various attempts to use sensitive toothpaste by other makes, such as Colgate, supermarkets own, Boots... nothing seemed to work nearly as well. Which is a problem as its an expensive toothpaste for the amount you get of it.
The Colgate toothpaste I am reviewing here ("Enamel Care") is based on the same idea that the Proenamel by Sensodyne is. Its unlike the other sensitive types of tooth paste which deal with the sensitivity caused by receding gum lines (and so exposed nerves caused by this), instead it works on the fact that there is a reduced amount of enamel on your teeth. Enamel is the covering on your teeth that protect the tooth from eroding and keep it shiny and strong. Without it, acid can erode the tooth and cause a hole. Once there is a hole, if your lucky, you keep it clean, and food just penetrates it- too hot or too cold, too sweet or too crunchy and...OUCH! Big time! If your unlucky, food gets caught in it and you get holes. Enamel fixing toothpaste aims to help the enamel from eroding, even working to restore it so your teeth are not in such dire straights and you are not in such pain all the time.
I use the Proemamel version by Sensodyne as the main reason for my unhealthily sensitive tooth paste is my years and years of bad sugary food as a child, fizzy diet drinks (which are apparently just as bad if not worse for your teeth as the normal versions as sweeteners are actually very acidic, combine that with the 'smashing' effect the bubbles have on your teeth and you have a hazard to rival an atomic bomb in your mouth according to my dentist.) I also have years of an eating disorder where I ate too many apples, oranges and acidic foods, threw up too much and went too long without eating.
I also brushed my teeth after eating or throwing up, which is also a no-no as your saliva needs to return to a normal PH level before you are supposed to brush, otherwise your just brushing acid into your teeth.
Other things that can cause sensitive teeth are too much alcohol, smoking, not eating enough calcium and not brushing your teeth efficiently.
I personally do notice a difference in the toothpastes which claim to save my tooth enamel more over the general sensitve toothpastes which don't have this claim, so for me, an enamel based product is really the only thing suitable if I want to remain eating or drinking anything pain-free.
I thought I had got to get something and popped this into the basket, and crossed my fingers.
The toothpaste comes in a tube- the type you squeeze to get out the product. The tube is glossy with the "enamel care" writing and imaging along the front. It looks very in-your-face compared to my normal Proenamel by Sensodyne.
The paste itself is white, and kind of gloopy! This originally concerned me (it doesn't now) as my last instance with Colgate toothpaste felt painful to use- it was like I was brushing my teeth with sugar and I worry that they may have added something unhelpful to the paste. Not so, so if you have the same worries- fear not!
I did not feel any pain when using this! And I can say, using it in replacement to my normal Proenamel toothpaste, it has left my teeth in just as good a condition. In fact, I do not feel any different from using the Proenamel by Sensodyne. I very much rate this product.
I do have a few drawbacks though. The main one is the tube it comes in. The paste being as gloopy as it is, makes it very messy to use in such a tube. Unlike the Sensodyne, where once you stop pressing, the paste stops coming out immediately, the Colgate does not stop coming...more like it trails off into nothing, but you get a gloopy left over at the spout of the tube. My tube looks a mess and I have only had this one about 2 weeks (its my second tube).
It lasts a while- about 4-6 weeks, its not as easy to use, but saving so much on the product (its normal price is more of less the same price as the Sensodyne but it just seems to have been on offer somewhere since it came onto the shelves a few months ago) makes it worth a try!
There seems to be hundreds of different toothpastes on the market at the moment, each claiming to either whiten your teeth, give you fresh breath, eliminate sensitivity, fight cavities or a combination of the lot.
On my most recent visit to the dentist I was told I have pretty bad gingivitis and I need to floss everyday. On top of that, I was suffering from sensitive tooth pain. I was told it's because my gums have receded and so parts of my teeth weren't protected by enamel. So it was recommended I use special toothpaste, which would remineralise the enamel, hardening the tooth's surface.
In the past I have used lots of different toothpastes designed for sensitive teeth and they have worked, but they tasted pretty awful and left a nasty residue in my mouth, which I can only describe as mouth snot! Nice!
This Colgate toothpaste doesn't look any different from your bog standard one: it's white and comes in a tube. However, this toothpaste tastes really nice, with a lovely minty flavour, which is like spearmint chewing gum. It leaves no residue in my mouth and my teeth feel really clean after using it.
My teeth are no longer sensitive so I can enjoy eating sweet things without the pain. I can't accurately say whether the enamel has been remineralised without a visit to my dentist and I'm not due for check-up for 6 months, but I can safely say that this is toothpaste that I enjoy using and it does the job against sensitive teeth.
Colgate Sensitive Enamel Protect Toothpaste is £2.59 for 75ml from Tesco, which is quite expensive, but I think it's a small price to pay for looking after my teeth. I have also used the Sensodyne Pronamel Mint Toothpaste, which is £2.72 for 75ml (luckily I got a freebie from my dentist!) and I would say that they probably have the same effectiveness, but the Colgate one tastes nicer and it's cheaper!