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A few months ago I developed a mild case of sensitivity in my upper left side teeth. I didn't think it was serious, but it was a little bit disturbing. I remembered having seen all the TV adverts for Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief, so I thought I'd give it a go. This was despite me being someone who really dislikes sensitive toothpastes, doesn't generally like the flavours of Colgate products, and is a died-in-the wool Aquafresh user.
I didn't expect wonders but I was really shocked. Mostly to start with I just used it to rub onto my teeth with my finger and massage onto the teeth and gums. It felt like a daft thing to be doing but I was amazed at the difference. I've also used it as a 'normal' toothpaste when I didn't have space in my wash bag for both a toothpaste and the pro-relief product and it was fine - not my favourite, but fine.
There are so many products that claim instant and miraculous relief and most fall a long way short of those claims. This doesn't. It really does deliver on its promises.
I went for my regular scale and polish a couple of months ago and popped my tube in my handbag so I could give the sensitive areas a blast before the dentist started scraping away. I told him what I'd done and he said that not only was it a good idea, but he'd give me a couple of sample tubes to take away. So I felt much better knowing my actions were so well endorsed by my dentist.
*~*~Change Is Sometimes Good*~*~
It takes something special to persuade me to change from a product I'm comfortable with. I was happy with my old favourite Sensodyne toothpaste. A visit to my dentist 5 months ago caused me to rethink. It wasn't anything he said, really, although we'd had a discussion about my sensitivity. He'd advised me to be more careful about the angle at which I used my brush and to use sensitive toothpaste, of course. I thought 'I have done most of my adult life!' I noticed he had a container full of sample -sized tubes of Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief; he didn't offer me one though! As it happened my husband had been sent a trial tube from Boots some time ago and I knew you could use this toothpaste to rub into problem areas occasionally. The dental surgery had always recommended Sensodyne before. Now I'm not so naive that I don't know that there are deals done in these areas, but still it got me thinking.
Decisive as ever [not - it's getting worse too!] I took a week or so looking at what was available and dithering, especially over the price. To be fair I don't think it's all that different from the Sensodyne range. I think the huge range of products makes me indecisive. When I spotted one that offered multi protection I thought 'this sounds like it's for me'. In my late fifties, my teeth need all the help they can get! It didn't hurt that there was a 3 for 2 offer in Tesco. Currently the price is £3.79 per tube.
The 75 ml toothpaste tube comes, as most do, encased in a cardboard box. This gives detailed product information, and there's also a comprehensive leaflet inside. It's difficult to decide how much to include here, but I will be selective.
All toothpastes in this range contain something called pro-argin, or arginine. This is the ingredient that combats sensitivity as far as I can tell. There's quite a lot of discussion of how this works, by plugging the open tubules that lead to tooth nerves. Regular use should bring about lasting relief. Further information is available here:
It reads as though there is currently a risk free money back guarantee. Details are on the site.
As well as reducing sensitivity, this toothpaste claims to fight cavities, remove plaque, promote gum health, strengthen enamel, remove stains and freshen breath.
*~*~Directions For Use*~*~
If you're using for instant relief, you rub a little on to the sensitive tooth with your finger tip and massage gently for about a minute. I haven't used it in this way. You can do this twice a day, but for children from 6-12 it should be no more than once a week. I thought at first this implied that it isn't suitable as a toothpaste for under 6's, but not so.
Use twice daily is recommended, as is use of a gentle toothbrush, making sure to brush all sensitive areas. There's the usual warning that sensitivity may indicate an underlying problem requiring attention from a dentist, and when to seek advice about children and fluoride, which is one of the ingredients. I can make a guess at some of the others and their purpose, but I'm not sure enough to put myself on the line!
First you have to get into the tube. There's a small plastic cap that you have to twist in a certain way to remove, but it's not difficult once you get the idea and there are instructions on the leaflet if you're stuck.
It's a white paste with a pleasant minty taste that's not too strong. It does seem to produce quite a bit of 'froth'. Other than that, at this stage it just seems like any other good toothpaste.
The most positive thing I find about this toothpaste is that my teeth feel very much cleaner than they used to do. That surprised me. Initially I was a bit concerned that this might mean the sensitivity would get worse, but actually that's not been the case. As I have several large fillings, a crown and some gum recession it's never going away completely, but I'm not suffering more discomfort and it may be a bit better. I shall be interested to see if my dentist makes any comments when I have my November check-up.
I am really happy with this toothpaste and I think I shall be sticking with it now for a while. On that basis I have to give it 5 stars as I can't fault it. I recommend it if you suffer from similar problems - but it's a good idea to keep an eye open for special offers.
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©Verbena October 2013
Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief Toothpaste
When my boyfriend moved in I had to make a few changes. I am now (nearly) used to the swimming pool that used to be the bathroom, and the fact that I appear to have dirty socks in every room of the house, but one other change that he wanted us to make was the kind of toothpaste I use.
Personally I am a fan of something that is akin to paint stripper to combat the effect of dragon breath in the morning - however he, being the sensitive sort likes the pro-relief range from Colgate. To avoid the clutter of too many toothpastes in the bathroom I have started to use this.
The tube handily stands on it's own lid, and is 75ml size. I haven't seen it in any other size, and it is usually priced at £4 - £5. Personally I try to stock up when it is on offer I have found I as cheap as £1.50 a tube. It comes in a box, which handily holds to instructions to get in the tube. (I put mine straight out with the recycling much to the amusement of my boyfriend when he walked in trying to gnaw off the protective top). The top of the tube has a cog shaped top to it, which is easily removed with the indent on the lid.
Inside the tube the product is a white colour, which smell nicely of mint. It works well to clean my teeth, and leave my breath fresh. However it doesn't feel like I have used paint stripper in my mouth - which I realize is my personal preference. Overall I do feel it has worked well to keep my teeth clean, and it has helped to stop sensitivity (not that I knew I had much before I used this).
It can be used rubbed directly on a tooth, with a gentle massaging motion for a minute twice daily applied with a finger tip (on adults). My partner has done this, and says it has worked for him. The packaging does very clearly state that if the pain persists, then you should go to the dentist, as it my be a more serious issue that needs to be looked at.
Overall I do like the toothpaste, it has made my teeth less sensitive, and it does keep them white and my mouth fresh. Personally I like a morning toothpaste to pack a bit more of a punch, and make me KNOW my dragon breath has gone. It does lose a star for the lack of punch, and
I am currently suffering with an impacted wisdom tooth that I can't have removed due to being pregnant. Because of the way the root of the tooth is growing, the tooth next to it is also becoming painful and as it already has a filling in it it is started to sting whenever I try to eat anything or touch it.
I went to the emergency dentist when the pain became unbearable, as my own local dentist is only open 2 days a week. The dentist I saw told me that the filling needs replacing but again this cannot be done during pregnancy. The tooth with continue to get sensitive because the filling is being effected by the wisdom tooth, which is growing in such a way that it is cramping the near by teeth together.
Aside from taking as much paracetamol as I'm allowed and using a soft-bristled toothbrush, the dentist told me to go out and buy a tube of Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief. I went to the chemist next to the emergency room immediately and bought some.
The dentist told me to use the tube to minimise how sensitive my tooth with the filling in it gets. He said to apply it as often as needed to the top of the tooth, and not to eat or drink for 20 minutes afterwards, and to use it on the tooth instead of brushing it for now as brushing that tooth is too painful anyway.
I was a bit dubious about this ordinary-looking toothpaste working but I must admit I have been pleased with the result. The paste is in a small 22ml container with the usual Colgate logo on top. It promises 'instant and lasting relief'. When you take off the lid the tube has a strange little sucker on it which needs to be removed using the indented shape on the other side of the lid. This is actually not that easy to do and I admit struggling the first few times before getting the sucker off.
The toothpaste is white and it looks like normal toothpaste and has quite a strong mint taste and smell. It is more like a gel than a paste due to its thick consistency and because of this is it easily squeezed onto the finger and then applied to the tooth. I put a big dollop on my tooth filling and found that within minutes the pain had eased. Hopefully it will also help to ease the pain long term, although I have been using it for a few days now and have not noticed the need for fewer applications.
If you have sensitive teeth I do recommend brushing with this toothpaste, although I think it is probably more effective as a gel applied to a single tooth which is what I have been successfully using it for. The small tube cost me £2.20 which makes it quite pricey, but again it's worth it if you need it for pain that cannot be dealt with any other way.
I am giving this toothpaste 4 stars because it works well but the plastic screw cap is really annoying to get off and it also seems unnecessary since the usual foil peel-away covers well well enough on other toothpastes.
Hubby and I get through a lot of toothpaste, as I'm sure everyone reading this does! We buy most of our toiletries from Poundland, Savers of Bodycare (our local cheap toiletry shops), and most of the time we buy whatever halfway-decent toothpaste is on offer. But, once in a while, usually in winter, my teeth get super-sensitive so I go out of my way to purchase a specialist toothpaste.
I've tried several sensitive toothpastes over the years, the most recent being the Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief, which I bought last winter.
Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief comes in packaging similar to most other products in the Colgate toothpaste range; a white cardboard box containing a white plastic tube of product with a screwtop lid. I bought my 75ml tube for around £3.50 in Superdrug. I consider that expensive for a toothpaste, but for an occasional, specific purchase I consider it acceptable as long as the product works!
The blurb on the packaging is quite extensive, claiming that the product provides "Instant and lasting relief" from dental sensitivity. The active ingredient which provides this relief is Arginine, and the toothpaste contains 8% of this chemical. Reading around online, many people believe this to be the magic ingredient, and apparently it's not present in some variants in other countries. I guess Blighty got lucky!
The toothpaste itself is a white paste, and perhaps a little more watery than other Colgate toothpastes. It has a moderate minty smell and taste; not as strong as I've experienced with similar products.
The product can be used in two ways: it can be applied to a toothbrush and used to clean teeth as normal, or it can be applied directly to the area of sensitivity with a finger and massaged in.
I've used Colgate toothpaste on and off ever since I was a child, and it's a brand I keep returning to as I've always found their products to be of very high quality. This variant is no different.
Firstly, the Sensitive Pro-Relief cleans my teeth well and produces a decent amount of foam, which I always consider essential in a toothpaste! The taste is pleasant, the standard minty taste I associate with all Colgate toothpastes. I'm pleased to report that the taste and fresh feeling produced by brushing with this product lingers for a good couple of hours after use, which helps me to feel confident when going to meetings or appointments.
Due to the price of the product, I've only used it for brushing my teeth over short periods, when my sensitivity was particularly bad.
I've used it far more as a direct-application treatment, using my finger to rub it into the area where I experience sensitivity. In my case, this is the bottom left front group of teeth, as I've had several fillings in this area. During the super-cold winter 2013 we suffered, my teeth really hurt for days on end as the cold air made my jaw ache. Applying a tiny quantity of the toothpaste to the point where these teeth met my gum definitely helped, and I did it on several occasions when I had to go out to work on cold evenings (checking my mouth for dribbles of toothpaste with a mirror before I arrived!)
Whilst any measure of pain is subjective, I'd say using this product reduced my dental pain by around half to two-thirds.
In conclusion, whilst expensive, this toothpaste is very effective at easing my dental sensitivity. I can't justify the expense of using it regularly, but as an occasional treatment for bad bouts of sensitivity it works really well. Recommended.
This is a review of Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief Toothpaste which I have been using on my sister's recommendation. You can use it in two ways, firstly as normal toothpaste or directly to rub on to sensitive teeth if you are suffering from this. I have one tooth in particular that is sensitive at times but I have noticed a marked improvement since using this and an expensive mouth wash from Colgate.
The Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief Toothpaste comes packaged in a box and the usual plastic squeezy tube. The lid was fixed in a way which foxed me until I read the directions on the tube. You had to use the screw top lid like a key to remove the plug at the top of the tube. It came off easily enough when I did this but I would have spent ages guessing how to remove it without reading the instructions. The plug then stays in the top of the lid so you don't re seal it once it is open. I suppose this keeps the product fresher for longer.
I find a small pea sized blob is enough for an adequate clean. It is lightly minty in flavour but not madly so and the toothpaste doesn't over foam in the mouth. My teeth feel clean and I can definitely tell my sensitive areas are less painful when I eat and drink hot or cold.
I have been pleased with the results so far. The packaging promises with regular use a long lasting protective barrier is formed that acts like a seal against sensitivity.
I feel like this is a real breakthrough in technology and as I trust the Colgate brand, being a life long user I feel that the price is warranted by these results. As long as I can afford to do so I will continue to buy and use this toothpaste although I will probably try other products in the Pro Relief range to see which is best for me.
Price and availability
This toothpaste is not cheap to buy. A 75ml tube costs £3.56 from most supermarkets at the moment with Boots charging £3.75. Watch out for the smaller sized 35ml tubes as they are currently selling for £1.74 which seems a bargain but they won't last you five minutes! If you try it and like it, there are a lot of 3 for 2 deals on this toothpaste so it's worth looking out for this to stockpile a bit if you can afford to do so.
I can highly recommend this toothpaste. I think it is a bit different to others on the market and it has worked wonders on my dodgy tooth that has been sensitive for ages despite trips to the dentist to sort it out. A repurchase is definitely on the cards.
I have always had sensitive teeth but this was then made worse when I started my orthodontic treatment due to the roots being moved under my teeth. At this point, both my orthodontist and dentist recommended I get sensitive toothpaste and named Sensodyne and Colgate as two good brands. I have never been a fan of Sensodyne so I opted for Colgate and it was a great choice!
The packaging is simplistic, yet stands out at the same time. The colors used are generally generic such as blue, red and white, however the logo with the gold strip underlining and easy to see anywhere. The cardboard box is easy to open (as it should be) and contains the tube of toothpaste as well a guidance sheet (for toothpaste?!?). The only part of the packaging I don't like comes when you open the tube. There is a tamper evidence safety seal, which ensures you won't buy a dodgy pack but is very annoying to open. This is removed by locking the top of the lid (there is a corresponding dent thing) onto the safety seal and twisting to remove it. This is trickier than it looks to do without getting past all over the top of the lid and can be an unnecessary hassle to clean.
As with any toothpaste you are recommended to brush for 2 minutes twice daily and doing this is key to getting the best out of this product. I did notice instant effects, but the major changes occurred after longer use. After about a months use there is a major change in the sensitivity of your teeth. I could barely drink milk from the fridge before but now I can comfortably bite into an ice lolly straight from the freezer. This is down to their long-lasting pro-argin technology. This ensures that exposed roots or sensitive parts of your teeth are protected in the long term and the protection builds up with continued use to the point that your teeth are pretty much not sensitive any more.
The new version of this toothpaste also comes with whitening plus technology. This works great too; when I got my braces off (finally, after 8 years!) there was a slight color difference between the part that had been covered by braces and the rest of my teeth. I started using this in the hope that it might balance things out and it did! It may have been partly due to the basic cleaning ability of the toothpaste as well, but I do personally feel as if there was a whitening effect that made my teeth look more natural and blend together better.
Other than that, the basic cleaning abilities are just that... basic. The paste produces plenty of foam and only requires a smallish amount for every time you brush. No less than you would expect really, but it does excel with it's other features.
At the time of this review both the sensitive and the sensitive+whitening versions are available at Tesco for £3.56 for a 75ml tube. This makes them relatively expensive, but the benefits they offer, especially for people with sensitive teeth is invaluable and I would highly recommend it.
Recently, the skin on the top of my mouth at the back has become puckered to the extent, that when it first happened, I thought there was a piece of lettuce or cabbage stuck there. But there was no food there, only puckered skin. At first I thought it was the Echinacea drops I was taking to ward of colds. It seemed to occur after drinking Rooibos tea, so I drank decaffeinated Earl Grey tea instead. Perhaps I was eating too much acid fruit, I thought, so I cut down on that. Then I thought I would change my toothpaste. I had been using Colgate Sensitive Pro-relief, so I stopped using that and suggested to my son he could have the rest of the tube. I opened a tube of Colgate Total a couple of days ago and my problem has disappeared. I wonder if there are any other users of this toothpaste who have had a similar reaction to it. I would be interested to know. When I found out the reason of the puckering of the skin on the roof of my mouth, I had just opened a second tube of the Colgate Sensitive Pro Relief. As suitable as the Colgate Sensitive Pro Relief is for sensitive teeth, it is clearly unsuitable for a sensitive mouth like mine!
I was offered the chance to try this toothpaste with the Colgate 5 day challenge and who doesn't like a freebie? I was very impressed by this product but I think that the advertising needs to be a little clearer in that this toothpaste is not a miracle painkiller for all sensitivity. Yes, the product is very good if you have run of the mill sensitive teeth, however, if there is as underlying dental problem this product is not going to make it magically disappear. It would also seems that dentists are not just singing its praises on the TV but also giving it out to their patients too, which is good enough recommendation. By taking the challenge I also got a money off voucher for a full size tube which is probably just as well as I don't know as I would pay full price for the product ordinarily.
I have recently become a BzzAgent and this toothpaste was my first campaign so I was keen to try this when my parcel arrived. I know a lot of other people on Ciao and Dooyoo are also BzzAgents as this is how I learned about becoming an agent but I still got excited when I got my parcel in the post.
In my parcel I got a full sized tube for myself and a dozen smaller tubes for me to give to friends and relatives in order to share the excitement and Bzzing. This is a pretty generous supply and my friends and relatives were very pleased to help me in the study.
WHY USE THIS?
I do suffer a bit with sensitive teeth as my gums are slightly receding in places which is exposing the most delicate parts of the tooth. Because of these rather over sensitive teeth I struggle a bit when eating very cold products like ice-cream and if I go from a hot dish to something cold that can be excruciating. I also find that in winter if it is very cold outside my teeth can hurt even though I do try to keep my mouth closed in very cold weather! This is not a problem that is uncommon, many people suffer and so toothpaste manufacturers are competing to try and find a product that solves this problem.
These pains are caused by the degeneration of the teeth around the gums which can be caused by gum disease or a receding of the gums which is what I have. Because there is no enamel to protect the tooth here the nerves become exposed through microscopic chanels and this is when we register pain.
Prior to getting this tube I have tried a number of well known sensitive toothpastes in the past and they have all helped a bit but once I stopped using them the sensitivity came back. I also find a lot of toothpastes either too frothy, usually Colgate or too gritty which applies to many or too strongly minty so that they burn your mouth. Some also taste pretty foul so I was interested to try this and see how it compared.
This comes in a typical Colgate red and white colour scheme outer cardboard box and inside is a plastic tube. I was surprised when I unscrewed the large white plastic lid and saw that the tube was sealed with plastic. I fiddled around and discovered that you have to turn the lid upside down to unscrew the seal from the tube. This is quite reassuring to know that this cannot have been tampered with by anyone before you opened it.
The plastic tube is very easy to squeeze and as I said comes with a pretty large lid so not so easy to drop and lose on the bathroom floor. This just twists off with one easy twist usually.
The actual paste is plain white, no colour or stripes at all and it has a pleasant, minty smell. It is pretty thick and probably the sort of paste that is likely to dry out easily if the lid is left off so keep away from those lazy people who cannot or will not put the lid back on toothpaste tubes. It is thick enough that it sits on my small electric toothbrush head and doesn't ooze off.
WHAT COLGATE CLAIM
The company claim that this toothpaste uses 8% Arginine to block those small channels that develop allowing you to feel pain in your teeth. By filling these little channels the cold and hot substances are not able to seep into the channels and reach the nerves therefore stopping pain. They say this works best if you brush your teeth twice a day with this toothpaste to build up a protective coating.
As a bonus it does say for a quick fix you can just rub the paste into a sensitive area of your teeth with your finger before eating something that may cause pain or even after it has started to hurt and Colgate claim it will deaden the pain after one minute.
I had to find out what Arginine is and discovered it is is an amino acid that plays an important role in wound healing. Apparently it is found in chocolate and peanuts so I wonder if eating chocolate covered peanuts will help too!
As well as this Arginine the toothpaste contains many otherl ingredients including Fluoride and the usual parabens but if you want to know more then I suggest you look on the company website at
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP WITH YOUR SENSITIVE TEETH?
Firstly you should always ask your dentist for advice. My dentist suggested I use a very strong fluoride toothpaste to help with my receding gums but a dentist may also prescribe a brush-on fluoride gel or a fluoride rinse.
You can also try to use toothpastes that are not abrasive and buy those made for sensitive teeth and again a dentist may be able to advise which paste is best for you.
You should always be careful to brush properly or you can cause your teeth to wear away. I think this was probably my mistake as I thought using a hard brush and brushing hard was good for my teeth. I think I probably caused my gums to recede and so make my teeth exposed at the gum line. Other things like partial dentures and braces can also cause damage to tooth enamel.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH THIS
I was surprised at how gentle this toothpaste was when I first used it as I had been using a bicarb based paste which tends to be quite gritty. It is nicely minty without being so strong that it takes my breath away. It foams up reasonably but not as much as some Colgate pastes do. I am not keen on having a big mouthful of foam so I was glad it wasn't too foamy.
After brushing my teeth did feel really clean and smooth. There was no gritty feeling and the minty taste left my mouth tasting fresh for sometime afterwards.
Now are my teeth less sensitive? This is after all what this toothpaste claims to be good at helping. I think they are. I have been able to drink my hot tea and then eat cereal with cold milk which has always been something I am wary of. I can now rinse my mouth with cold tap water s opposed to warm water after I have finished brushing my teeth which I can't usually do. The effect was not remarkable initially but I have noticed with time that I can now eat stuff that previously cause major tooth pain so I am very happy with it.
The eating test came after I had been using this for about three days in the night and in the morning. I had ice cream one night for dessert and it was after eating a hot meal. This was a combination usually designed to send me rushing away from my desert in pain. This time I was able to enjoy my ice-cream with no agony at all.
All the friends and relatives who have enjoyed a sample have commented that it has helped with their teeth sensitivity. If they didn't have sensitive teeth they commented on how nice their teeth felt after using this. No-one has come back to me with negative comments although a few have said it doesn't seem to make a lot of difference to them
WOULD I RECCOMMEND THIS?
Well from my personal use I would say yes give it a try it worked for me and it might work for you. However if it doesn;t work or you don't have sensitive teeth then it is far from the cheapest toothpaste around and others will do the job as well for less.
Colgate are having a major push with this product and there are many free samples being given away so you may be lucky and get one of those. It is about £3.59 for a 75ml tube which is not a cheap toothpaste in my view so you would have to really want to try this to pay that sort of money.
So in conclusion it helped me and I might well buy this again when I have finished my tube. I don't think I will always buy it but might use it in between other cheaper options.
Thank you for reading and hope this has been of some use or interest to you. This review may be put on other sites under my same user name.
For the past 6 months or so, I have the occasional problem with sensitive teeth, especially when drinking something cold. I mentioned this problem to my dentist on my last check up appointment, and she gave me some samples of Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief toothpaste to see if that helped to fix or at least some what relieve the problem.
After working out how to open the toothpaste, I finally got to try it. There is a cap with a strange shape in the top which you have to turn round use to pierce open the tube, which is something I had not seen on toothpaste before so this confused me a little bit lol.
The toothpaste, like most others before it, is white and thick, and has a minty smell and taste to it. It is not as minty as other toothpastes I have tried, but it is still a generally pleasant flavour and I able to brush my teeth without gagging at the taste, so I assume this to be a good thing.
The toothpaste froths up quite well when brushing, but does not go overboard so that you end up with a face full of bubbles. The thickness of the toothpaste means it spread quite well around the mouth, and one toothbrush full is all I need to brush my teeth.
I found that this toothbrush cleaned my teeth well, and definatley better than some toothpastes I have tried in the past, but there is one slight problem. Being a sensitive toothpaste this is of course meant to add at least some relief to the problem, but alas, this seems to have made mine worse. I have had sharper pains from cold drinks and food since using this toothpaste than I ever have before.
I have seen the adverts that show how well this is supposed to work, but after trying it, I personally believe it to be some what fabricated. I do not know others who have tried this toothpaste, so I can not say if this bad experience is just personal to me. It may be worth a try for you if you have sensitive teeth, but do not put your hopes into it. Also make sure you get a sample toothpaste, do not spend money on it, as it would be a waste if it was not to work for you either.
In terms of taste and cleaning, this is a good toothpaste, but for the sensitivity issue it is specifically made to address, it is no good and for this problem I give it a 2 out of 5 stars. Not recommended.
Colgate's new Sensitive Pro-Relief range seems to have taken over the market by storm. I'm sure you've probably all seen the adverts with people recoiling in horror at being offered ice cubes, until they smear their molars with the toothpaste and start happily gnawing on the ice with worrying enthusiasm. Personally I'd prefer a Cornetto, but that's just me.
Anyway, I suffer a lot of sensitivity and problems with my teeth so I'm always on the look out for a product that works. I was suspicious of Colgate's claims at first but I'm very glad I gave it a try.
The Pro Relief range has gotten quite vast since its popularity rose, and it includes Multi Protection (sounds quite gangster for a toothpaste - I expected it to come with a free pair of knuckledusters, but was, alas, disappointed), Enamel Repair, Whitening and the original standard Pro Relief paste, along with a toothbrush and mouth wash. I have tried all four of the toothpastes, and I'd like to share my discovery with you - they all contain exactly the same ingredients. Oh, the scandal! They all seem to retail at the same price, but as the newer ones have come on to the market, they've been at an introductory price in supermarkets and so I'll opt for whichever is cheapest when I'm shopping.
For the purposes of this review I'll be reviewing the Enamel Repair product which is the one I currently have, but my experience is the same for all the Pro Relief toothpastes.
I bought this toothpaste from Asda, where all the Pro Relief pastes retail for the same teeth grinding-ly expensive sum of £3.56. A quick search tells me the cheapest place to buy Pro Relief Enamel Repair is at Tesco online, for a more respectful price of £2.37 so it's always worth shopping around. In my opinion, if you have sensitive teeth you're likely to be used to paying around this for another brand suitable for sensitive teeth anyway but it would be nice if there was a more pocket-friendly choice out there.
These are available in a travel size, but I always opt for the biggest pack which is 75ml.
Considering the price of the toothpaste, you may have been expecting the box to be made of 24 carat gold, to which I'm sad to report, you'll be disappointed. However it does feel quite a sturdy and quality box in comparison to other flimsier products. I do really appreciate the first class packaging, Mr Colgate, but any chance you could stick it in a bog standard box and charge us 50p less instead?
The Enamel Protect box has green features on the box to differentiate it between the others in the range, but otherwise it's a white background with the usual red Colgate logo on the front. It promises 'Instant and lasting relief' and 'clinically proven Pro-Argin formula'
Once you've fought your way through the boxing, you'll find yourself holding a perfectly ordinary looking tube of toothpaste. Colgate have come up with a novel way of keeping things hygienic though - if you twist off the lid, you'll met with a strange eight pointed cog type contraction sealing your toothpaste. The object of this is that you press the outside of the lid (which has an indent in it with the precise same shape) into the top of the tube, and this breaks the seal. This keeps your toothpaste sealed and fresh until you come to open it, which is a bonus and something I really like as a concept.
Now what are the ingredients in this miracle product, I hear you ask. It's fair enough to wonder really, it must be something good to provide such relief. Well, here they are:
Active ingredient: Arginine: 8%
Other ingredients: Calcium Carbonate, Aqua, Sorbitol, Bicarbonate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Aroma, Sodium Monofluorophosphate (1450 ppmF), Sodium Silicate, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Bicarbonate, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Saccharin, Xanthan Gum.
So, the winning ingredient here seems to be this Arginine fella. I'm a curious person, despite warnings of what happened to the fabled curious cat, I set out to find out exactly what Arginine is. I found that it is in fact an Amino Acid used to treat everything from Angina to Erectile Dysfunction (though Colgate recommends using their toothpaste only on your teeth, gents...) and has such alarming side effects as lung inflammation and low blood pressure. Now I'm sure the levels used in Pro Relief are perfectly safe, given that you don't even ingest it, but it does make you wonder what on earth benefit this ingredient is to your teeth, doesn't it? I'm sure some clever scientific genius will come along and enlighten me at some point, but until then I remain confused and amused by the whole thing!
~~~~How Does it Work?~~~~
According to the packet, sensitive teeth come from receding gums and damage to your tooth enamel. Whereas most sensitive toothpastes temporarily numb the pain, apparently Pro Relief works to block the channels that lead to the tooth nerves. 'With what?' seems the most logical question, but we're not told that - merely shown a picture that looks a tiny bit like the outer surface of a wood-chipped wall. It also says that 'with regular use, it builds a reparative layer that acts like a seal, helping to repair sensitive teeth for lasting protection against sensitivity'. I cant help but feel this whiff of my least favourite thing - pseudo-science. But there we have it, now to see if it does what it promises....
~~~~Does it Actually Work, Then?~~~~
In short: Yes!
Pro Relief has two purposes - one to ease sensitivity during everyday brushing, the other - to rub the paste on to a painful tooth for one minute and get instant pain relief. In both these ways, it totally works.
The toothpaste has a very powerful minty smell and taste, which I personally love. Previous to this I've been using Sensodyne which, I feel works for sensitivity but doesn't leave a fresh minty feel in your mouth, and I like the confidence of knowing my breath has been completely freshened. With Pro Relief, the minute you put the toothbrush into your mouth you get that instant strong mint-astic hit. Maybe not so great for those who aren't too keen on mint flavours, but for me, I love it.
While brushing, this paste has quite a thick feel to it. Sounds weird, but there's a definite noticeable difference with it - it's much more like a thick paste than a runny gel consistency, as some can be.
Once I'd finished brushing, I did the obligatory 'run tongue across front teeth' test, as I've learnt to do from every single toothpaste advert ever made, and noticed that there were completely squeaky clean and smooth. A good sign! Peering into the mirror, they looked quite a bit whiter than usual too. It's good to know that, aside from all the posh claims, it actually manages to clean teeth well because at the end of the day, that's one of the most important things that some sensitive toothpastes can neglect.
Now for the important part - did it numb the pain? Definitely. If I rate Sensodyne a 7 for effectiveness, I rate this a full round 10/10. I didn't even flinch at ice cream after using this! Rubbing the paste on an aching tooth works immediately too, which is a bonus and also can help to re-mineralise a tooth if it has started to break down ready to form a cavity.
I think I've rambled on enough for one review, but suffice to say this product is expensive but I've found, despite dubious-sounding claims, it combats even the most terrible of sensitivities and even helps for the dreaded toothache. On top of that, it leaves my teethypegs pretty sparkly too - perfect.
Thanks for reading :) x
I love getting freebies, its a great way to try before you buy, the latest free sample to drop through my letter box was a tube of Colgate Sensitive Pro Relief toothpaste. All the manufacturers seem to be climbing on the "sensitive" bandwagon at the moment, and I for one am pleased because I have a very sensitive tooth! Its actually the last one of my baby teeth and its been giving me some real problems.
Colgate pro relief comes in a regular red and white tube with a screw top lid. The Colgate logo is splashed across the front where the customer is also informed that this will offer " instant and lasting relief". The directions for use are given on the back of the tube along with the ingredients and Colgate Palmolive contact address.
To open the tube you first need to break the safety seal which looks like a small screw in the end of the tube. To remove this you simple push the lid into it and turn. I liked this idea, its nice to know the toothpaste hasn't been squeezed, sniffed or even tasted ( I actually saw someone do this!) in the shop.
Colgate pro relief is white in colour and totally smooth, it doesn't feel in the slightest bit grainy when rubbed between your fingers, its actually quite runny for a toothpaste.
Directions For Use
Colgate state that for instant relief you simply apply the paste directly to the sensitive tooth and massage in for approximately 1 minuet. For lasting relief use the toothpaste twice a day, children of 6 years and younger should only use a pea sized amount of paste and should always bee supervised using the product.
Price and Availability
Colgate Pro Sensitive is available in most supermarkets and chemists where it costs approximately £3.56 for a 75ml tube, this does vary slightly depending on where you shop.
I've used half my tube of Colgate Pro Relief Sensitive and so far I have been very pleased with the sensitivity relief it has given my teeth. I have tried just applying it directly to the tooth and it did indeed relive the pain quickly as promised, the toothpaste has a lovely strong minty taste which lasts well after I have brushed leaving my mouth feeling fresh. As for actually cleaning my teeth well I have been less pleased with that. The paste does clean my teeth quite well but it doesn't leave them feeling squeaky clean like some toothpastes I have used, I feel they could be cleaner.
Overall I think this product is excellent for sensitive teeth, it has stopped my tooth from hurting after hot or cold food and drink which I am pleased about as sensitive teeth are a misery but as for the cleaning side it does lack somewhat. I now keep the rest of my sample tube in my handbag so I can apply it directly to my tooth should it flare up again but I wont buy a tube to use at home for cleaning my teeth, there are far better products on the market for less money.
I was given a sample tube of this toothpaste by my dentist as I was having root canal work done and they said to see of this toothpaste helped with how sensitive the partuicular tooth was. A tube of this toothpaste costs around £3.75 and a tube holds 75ml so not bad really that I got a 22ml tube for free. The toothpaste can be bought at chemists, supermarkets and even dentists.
The toothpaste tube is mainly white in colour with two large red stripes across which holds the Colgate logo, the sensitive pro relief name is written between the two red lines and is in blue so stands out well on the white background. It states that the toothpaste provides rapid and lasting relief.
The directions for use are to apply to a gentle toothbrush and brush gently on all sensitive areas twice a day. Once a week you can massage a small amount of the toothpaste onto a sensitive area which was what my dentist told me to do although my dentist told me it was safe for me to do this once a day. I found that this did help with the tooth that was really senstive and it did give me a lot of relief from the pain at the time.
I have used this toothpaste in the more traditional way and I don't really like it, the toothpaste is white in colour and smells of mints quite like polos, I dfind the toothpaste seems quite sticky and it doesn't taste nice either. The toothpaste didn't really make my teeth feel all that clean either in comparison to other toothpastes I have used and my breath didn't feel overly fresh after brushing either.
If you have sensitive teeth then this really does help with the sensitivity however as a normal everyday toothpaste I don't like it, I will rate this 3 stars from 5.
I do find at times that my Teeth are that bit sensitive and I do have times where I reach for Sensitive Toothpaste just to give my Teeth a bit of a break from the Whitening Paste that I normally go for.
This comes in a 100ml tube and I got this from Asda on a 2 for £3 offer. I think the normal price of this is around £1.70.
Just use this in the usual way that you would use Toothpaste - just a little blob of this onto your Toothbrush and just brush away. This smells Minty but isn't quite as strong smelling as other Toothpaste so perhaps there isn't as much in here as other normal Toothpastes.
So how do I find this works on my Teeth? I find that this does alright. When I first started to use this I found that although I could taste the Minty taste of this it seemed to have a slightly Chalk taste to it which wasn't all that good but after brushing with this and then rinsing then it was like the Light Minty taste of this was alright and the subtle taste lingered in my mouth for a while afterwards.
This seems to clean my Teeth deep down and leave them nice and fresh and it doesn't irritate them due to this being a bit more Sensitive. I didn't find that this performed any worse than any "normal" paste and when I reach for a Sensitive Paste then I find that this is the 1 that I go for.