Product Type: Colgate Oral Care
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Colgate Sensitive Pro Relief Toothpaste
Member Name: Tarapea
Colgate Sensitive Pro Relief Toothpaste
Advantages: It works! The novel cap seal
Disadvantages: Pricey Product, may be too overpoweringly minty for some
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
Summary: If you have sensitive teeth, this is absolutely worth a try :)