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I've always had slightly sensitive teeth which is most noticeable when eating something cold, although the sensitivity is not extreme - it doesn't make me scream and shout, or crawl up the wall in agony, but it's not a particularly pleasant experience and takes away the utter bliss of slurping on a delicious ice cream in summer. I discovered Sensodyne some years ago, and have used it ever since. I've always been more than happy with the regular toothpaste because it worked well and greatly reduced the sensitivity of my teeth. A couple of months ago I went to buy a new tube and couldn't find the type that I usually buy - in its place was something called Sensodyne Repair & Protect . I had a look at the box and the information and it looked as if it was going to be more beneficial than the regular Sensodyne toothpaste, and so I decided to try a tube, even though it was more expensive than the kind I usually buy. Repair & Protect comes in two varieties - regular and whitening, both of which are similarly priced, so I decided to try the whitening toothpaste.
I bought the 75ml size which comes in a clean looking, almost clinical white and blue box with some quite clever mirror effects. There's a lot detail on the box including an explanation as to what causes tooth sensitivity, how the toothpaste works, warnings and precautions and ingredients. Basically tooth sensitivity occurs when the dentine underneath the tooth enamel becomes exposed and this exposure can trigger the nerves which results in pain. Sensodyne Repair & Protect uses something called Novamin which releases calcium and phosphate to form a protective mineral layer which repairs the vulnerable areas of the tooth. The tube inside the box is nothing out of the ordinary - white plastic with the instructions repeated in blue lettering, and with a large white plastic top which twists on and off easily.
I really don't know if this will be useful or not, but this is what the toothpaste contains:-
Calcium Sodium Phosphosilicate (Novamin)
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
MY EXPERIENCE USING THIS TOOTHPASTE:-
It's recommended that you brush twice a day using approximately 2cm of toothpaste, but not more than three times (probably wise looking at the list of chemicals). It should only be used by children under 12 on the advice of a dental professional or doctor. Two centimetres is quite a lot of toothpaste to use, especially when your toothbrush only has a 1cm head. I use an Oral B Triumph electric toothbrush which I've always found to be brilliant, but it's one of those that has the small oscillating head, and this is where I found the main problem to lie with this toothpaste. It initially gives quite good coverage but after around 30 seconds of brushing it gets thinner and thinner until after about a minute there's hardly any sign of toothpaste, so you have to stop and reapply more to the toothbrush head and start again (apparently the recommended length of time for effective brushing of teeth is 2 minutes). I never used to have this problem with regular Sensodyne toothpaste and I've no idea why it should happen with the Repair and Protect variety. In view of the popularity of electric brushes, I'm surprised that Sensodyne did not come across this problem when testing the product. It may, however, be perfectly suitable for use with a less powerful electric brush. On the plus side, I've had no issues with teeth sensitivity so the toothpaste does seem to be effective. It tastes pleasant - quite a strong, sweet, minty flavour which leaves your mouth feeling fresh, but if I run my tongue over my teeth after brushing there seems to be a kind of coating left on them, which is probably something to do with the Novamin. As for whitening my teeth, it does remove stains but I didn't see any material lasting improvement while I was using this toothpaste exclusively. Having said this, I don't think any toothpaste can make a great improvement in whitening teeth. I now brush once a day in the evening with this Sensodyne Repair and Protect and in the morning use a different brand which I've found leaves my teeth shiny and smooth and which doesn't need to be topped up half way through brushing.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY:-
You can buy this in all supermarkets and pharmacies. At a regular price of around £4.25 for 75ml it is very expensive, but as with all toothpastes you can find it on offer occasionally, and Boots are currently selling it £4.29 with an offer of buy two get the third free.
I'm afraid I won't be buying Sensodyne Repair & Protect Whitening again - I'll revert to the regular variety. It may be perfectly suitable for manual toothbrushes, but it's a nuisance having to reapply the toothpaste half way through brushing with my electric one. Having said this the toothpaste does seem to work as I continue to have no issues with sensitivity even though I only use this now once a day, so I think that to be fair it does deserve a four-star rating.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope that you found it useful
I have had sensitive teeth for may years and Sensodyne is undoubtably the toothpaste I reach for when my teeth start to protest when I drink hot drinks or crave ice-cream. Brushing with Sensodyne has always reduced the pain and sensitivity, which makes sense as I was introduced to this brand by the dentist who treated my broken jaw and tooth post nasty accident. So I was intrigued to try Sensodyne's new brand which promised to help repair the underlying problems as well as reduce the pain.
It does this through the Novamin in the paste building onto your teeth and getting into the cracks and micro-holes which leave the nerves exposed to those sensitivity triggers. The immediate blocking of these passages helps stop the pain in its tracks and the repairing effect of Novamin means that the pain stays reduced or gone. The effect is cumulative, so it is necessary to keep on using to tackle the ongoing damage from acid and other enemies of enamel as well as to continue repairing past damage, but as the product does work and even tastes pleasantly minty, this is not a hardship.
My teeth are visibly improved and they certainly feel as well as look stronger. The sensitivity reduction and relief from the pain is as quick as it is in the traditional brand so adding improving the state of the actual tooth to the brand's main strength of pain relief is a winning combination, for my teeth at least.
This is not the version with whitening agents. Though for those sensitive to whitening agents, this is a really good reason to opt for this toothpaste. While the whitening agents in other toothpastes can cause my gums to shed, this does not.
For anyone with sensitivity or damaged teeth adding this toothpaste to an oral care regime is well worth doing.
It has to be admitted tha this is not a cheap toothpaste. A 75ml tube will set you back £4.25 at Sainsbury's, Waitrose and Tesco and £4.20 at Boots. Though as Boots is doing a two tubes for £5.00 at the moment, this may be a good time to stock up.
Your sensitive teeth will thank you.
Although I have good strong teeth, and have never really had any problems with my teeth, In my mid thirties I started to suffer with sensitive areas. On visiting my dentist he suggested either him carrying out deep root canal treatment (which would not be a guaranteed fix) or switch to sensitive toothpaste- no brainier really which I would try. I stated using Sensodyne immediately. Although it can be a little more expensive than other branded toothpaste within two weeks the sensitivity had disappeared. I have changed my toothpaste over time, as i feel a change is a as good as a rest on many product, however whenever I have the slightest tingle of sensitivity I immediately go back to Sensodyne. Two dentist visits since, no mention of root treatment!! :) Also Sensodyne toothpastes can often be found on offer in many supermarkets, so good to stock up when you can.
I started using this toothpaste really just as a change to my regular toothpaste, I didnt look after my teeth as a child so do not have the best set of teeth. I found this toothpaste gave a really fresh and clean taste and remindes you of the dentist in some ways. I dont know if the toothpaste really makes that much difference in terms of how sensitive my teeth are but they are no worse than they were before I started using it. Price not really something I think of with tooth paste but it's ok. I think I will keep using this toothpaste although whether that is just because I am a creature of habit I am not sure.
Teeth and the care of them is a sensitive issue for most of us! I've had my fair share of time in the dentist's chair, and anything I can do to limit that, in the future, is worth doing as I see it.
I can't remember when I first developed sensitive teeth. I think it was when I was quite young. There seems to be a bit of a family trait, anyway. At the time there were few suitable toothpastes around and I didn't persevere with them. In the last few years, however, a number of new products have come on to the market and the choice has widened considerably.
One of my main problems is acid erosion, and I have used the Sensodyne Pronamel products to aid this. The Pronamel soft toothbrush has been particularly helpful. When I noticed a new toothpaste, Sensodyne Repair and Protect, my initial reaction was sceptical, as it seemed expensive and I was not convinced I could improve upon the results I was getting. This was until I saw that it was on special offer in my local supermarket at buy three, get one free. I decided it was probably worth a trial at that price.
It usually retails at £4+ a tube if bought individually, [November 2012] although of late I've sometimes seen it in the larger supermarkets on special offer, sometimes for £2.50.
Repair & Protect comes in the usual cardboard box. The most striking feature of the packaging, to me, is the inset picture of a tooth; it's almost holographic and quite eye catching. On the reverse this is repeated with three smaller illustrations showing how the product works.
As you might expect, there's a lot of information on the box. Apparently it's a 'dentist recommended brand.' I can't argue with that. However I've never known my own dentist recommend any particular brand unless I've first asked him for his opinion. It's a daily repair toothpaste, with fluoride - well you'd expect that, I think. The main selling line is 'Clinically proven relief and daily protection for sensitive teeth.' There's quite a bit of information about what dental sensitivity is and how this toothpaste works to help you. It seems to be largely down to a component called 'novamin' which, like Sensodyne and 'the rings device' are registered trademarks with the GlaxoSmith Kline group. Novamin is claimed to release 'the building blocks of teeth - calcium and phosphate. These ions form a protective mineral layer to repair the vulnerable areas of the tooth'. Therefore, as I understand it, they are claiming that this toothpaste goes a bit further than their Pronamel ones in that it actually begins to put back what your teeth have lost. From the ingredients list I deduce that Novamin has the chemical name sodium phosphosilicate.
I won't go into further details about the ingredients, but there is a comprehensive listing if that interests you. There are also directions for use, including guidelines on how much to use. You should not use if the seal is broken, and you should close the cap after use so that moisture does not get in.
This toothpaste is not for use by children under the age of 12 years unless a dentist recommends it. If you have sensitive teeth you are reminded that there may be a underlying problem, implying, but no more than this, that you have it checked out by your dentist if it's something new for you. You should stop using if irritation occurs. There is also a note that, as well as repairing and protecting your teeth, it has 'a fresh minty taste to leave your mouth feeling clean and fresh.' I think possibly less attention is paid to the flavour than with many other toothpastes.
On opening the packaging you find a fairly standard-looking 75 ml tube of toothpaste. Much of the information and instructions from the box are repeated on the tube itself. I've just noted symbols for maximum temperature storage etc.
That's enough of the background. It's how it performs that counts!
You have to remove a small foil seal from the nozzle. I think that's pretty standard now. When I first bought this I noticed immediately that the toothpaste started to ooze slightly from the tube, like a thick white paste. It had a thinner consistency than most toothpaste, so I could well understand why they advise you to avoid letting moisture in - it could get almost runny. I think they must have changed the product to rectify this, because I don't find it a problem now. It spreads across the toothbrush like any other toothpaste and it 'breaks off' quite cleanly at the end of the stripe.
When I start brushing I notice the minty taste fairly quickly. It's not as strong as in some other pastes. I'm happy with this. There's a taste of something else, too. I can't put my finger on it but I have a hunch it's to do with the calcium. As I brush there is a mildly stinging sensation around the gum area of one tooth I know to be particularly sensitive, so I trust it's doing its repairing and protecting work well! This toothpaste doesn't seem to produce too much foam. [I'm trying not to be over-explicit here; it might be too much information!] For some reason I seem to find it easier to take my time and clean thoroughly. The end result is teeth that do feel cleaner than usual, and a fresh taste in my mouth that remains for some time.
I've been using this product for almost a year now. I think my teeth do seem less sensitive; they are usually much worse in winter and they haven't been too bad this time round. I haven't needed treatment for some time and my dentist seems happy, although I haven't specifically said what I'm using. On balance I think I probably will go on using this product, despite the expense. I will shop around for competitive prices and special offers. Stocking up on special offers seems a good idea!
When first researching this review I checked out the Sensodyne website for any further information, and was a bit concerned to discover that there was a product recall out for any tubes from Batch 031G. Apparently some users note a slight feeling of 'grittiness' when using this product - I can't say I did - and in this batch it's possible that some of the particles causing this sensation are bigger than usual, possibly causing scratching of the gums or even bleeding. There was a whole pdf file about the issue. When I came to update the review, I was no longer able to find this document, so I assume Sensodyne feel the matter has been satisfactorily concluded.
In my initial review I gave this toothpaste a four-star rating due to the issue I had about it being a little runny. Now that this seems to have been resolved I'm happy to promote it to a five-star product because, despite being a bit expensive, it is often to be found on special offer.
All things considered, I think it's worth paying extra if it helps, as it seems to. I shall continue to use it but will shop around for special offers!
Thank you for reading my review!