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I've always had tooth sensitivity and have tried many different brands of toothpaste to attempt to reduce this. One product I often find myself going back to is Sensodyne, who market lots of different types of toothpaste for sensitive teeth. I saw this version in my local supermarket about 3 weeks ago and decided to purchase it as I was suffering from soreness when I drank cold drinks and the 'gentle whitening' label was also a good hook. I can't say I have a lot of experience with whitening toothpaste, as I don't really mind that much as my teeth are quite a natural colour, but I thought why not and wanted to see if they really would make a difference.
The toothpaste didn't work immediately, and clearly my expectations were set a little too high as I found myself feeling disappointed when suddenly I couldn't enjoy a cold drink without the same pain the day before. After around the week mark though, I did start to feel a difference, and though it was only gradual, I did have a reduction in the pain felt and I did notice a slight lightening in the shade of my teeth. I wasn't that interested in whitening my teeth dramatically though, as I said, and so this was just a little added benefit. Having used it for 3 ish weeks now I can't say its totally gotten rid of my sensitivity, but I didn't expect it to either. There is definitely by now a significant improvement though, that warrants my use of the product.
The taste is...not good. I've tried Sensodyne products in the past and I've never really been a huge fan of the taste. Unlike other toothpastes, I don't feel like I am left with a very fresh, minty breath. With some other brands if I'm in a rush I can use just the toothpaste alone, but with this one I've also had to use mouthwash after to give myself a nice fresh breath, and without I feel a little conscious.
I would recommend this as it is effective in doing what it claims to and works at quite a fast rate. It claims to strengthen the enamel, and I did feel like the small cavities I have in the back of my mouth were slightly less impacting and the fluoride contained in the product did appear to do the job. The whitening effect was subtle, but I can't comment on whether it removes stains or not as it claims, as this is not something I happen to suffer from. But it did make my teeth look somewhat brighter than before. The taste is the only downside when using this product, but its not so bad, as it only something you really have to put up with for about 2 to 3 minutes.
I changed to Sensodyne a few years ago when I was finding myself flinching when I ate ice cream and some sweet treats, the final straw being when even my hot cup of tea was making me recoil. I was delighted to be pain free, but was worried about fresh breath and appearance of teeth.
I tried the gentle whitening version when it first came out and it was amazing, made a big difference, my bottom teath were getting slightly stained from said cups of tea and I was debating an expensive trip to the dental hygenist. So glad I switched to the gentle whitening formula.
I was sent a free sample of another product to try, seemed OK, teeth squeaky clean, no pain, but it was nothing like as good.
Sensodyne Pronamel Gentle Whitening fulfills almost all my dental needs, I do feel the need for breath freshen ups now and again. But I have no intention of trying any other product!
Widely available from chemists and supermarkets at varying prices and a variety of sizes.
I suffered horribly from sensitive teeth but since using sensodyne I've been totally pain free- and the cosmetic element is an added bonus
THE PROTECTIVE ELEMENT
The best thing is that it builds up a protection so that even if you use another toothpaste for a day or two you don't end up back at square one...for me this is the selling point and why I stay loyal to this brand
THE WHITENING ELEMENT
This toothpaste does help to *minimise* stains but i had been using the product for a long time- over a year -without significant results. since then, though, I have found that after I had my teeth whitened for my wedding this toothpaste kept them white. in my opinion, the Beverley Hills WHITENING toothpaste, sensitive type, is bettter at whitening your teeth but the protection is NOWHERE near as good
VALUE FOR MONEY
I think this product offers good value for money- even at full price. I have seen it for sale in my local Home Bargains storeand there it is as cheap as chips!
Sensodyne has literally been a lifesaver for me. One of my biggest loves are ice cream until it constantly gave me pain as my teeth were too sensitive. I spoke to my dentist and she suggested a toothpaste that's designed for sensitive. So at my next grocery shop i had a look and picked up a tub for £4.20. Not the cheapest but certainly not the most expensive and was definitely worth the risk.
What this product has to offer.
It protects teeth against enamel loss and natural erosion. It also helps repair and harden enamel which in turn will give you stronger teeth and less risk of a cavity. Not only does it help protect your teeth and clean them but it also has a whitening agent in it.
I put a pea sized blob onto my toothbrush and started brushing my teeth as normal. The taste was refreshing and surprisingly pleasant to use. I didn't get that annoying urge to constantly spit the toothpaste out. After cleaning them my teeth were smooth and plaque free. After using on a regular basis i began to notice a change in the sensitivity in my teeth and my teeth have honestly never been this strong. As for it's whitening capabilities i didn't notice much of a difference but it definitely cleaned my mouth and made me feel fresh.
I'd strongly recommend this product to anyone who's suffering from sensitive teeth. There is no need to suffer now.