Today we’re talking about teeth. I have problematic teeth; I always have. They’re naturally, well, a pain (both figuratively and literally). One of my most frustrating issues that accompanies my problematic teeth is tooth sensitivity, which, unfortunately, is a permanent condition. I usually experience sensitivity when I eat something hot or cold, but sometimes my teeth will be particularly sensitive for no apparent reason. Anyone who has dealt with tooth sensitivity knows how annoyingly painful it can be, so when I was asked to try and review the new Sensodyne® True White® toothpaste, I was looking forward to it.
One of the reasons why I’ve been hesitant to try toothpaste for sensitivity in the past is because I always want a toothpaste that whitens! It’s something I’m very particular about–I love white teeth. (Okay, so maybe I’m a little more vain than particular in this case.) I think it’s awesome to find a toothpaste that both addresses sensitivity and whitens, especially coming from Sensodyne®, which is the #1 dentist recommended brand for sensitive teeth. I’ve been using Sensodyne® True White® toothpaste (in the “Extra Fresh”) flavor for about three weeks, twice a day, and I have to say–I am really impressed. Apparently, the toothpaste is formulated with a clinically proven ingredient that works to help relieve that pesky sensitivity-related tooth pain around the clock if you use it twice a day to brush your teeth.
What was just as exciting was that my teeth got whiter as well! Usually, dealing with teeth sensitivity and whitening teeth are addressed separately, so I was a little skeptical as to whether it’d actually lighten and brighten my teeth, but it really did! The technology in this toothpaste is a breakthrough in whitening because it’s 10x less abrasive than most whitening toothpastes (based on Relative Dentin Abrasivity testing against 15 products in the top 80% of the whitening toothpaste market), which explains how the sensitivity-helping + whitening-helping marriage works out so well.
If you’re interested, here’s a little of the science behind tooth sensitivity: the sensitive parts of your teeth are called dentin (which is a calcified tissue of the body, thank you very much Wikipedia), and the dentin is made up of tiny open tubules that go to the nerve of each tooth. When you eat something hot, cold, or sweet, the nerve may trigger pain. Potassium Nitrate (the active ingredient in this toothpaste) targets the nerves to stop them from triggering pain. Sensitivity: managed. Now, for the whitening. The dentin in your teeth could be eroded by the abrasives found in many whitening toothpastes–the higher the abrasive, the greater your risk for dentin loss, the more likely your teeth will be sensitive.
This is a conundrum, because it’s like having to choose between white teeth and unsensitive teeth! In order to protect your teeth from further damage, choose whitening toothpaste that has a low-abrasion formula to help stave off any further damage. The Sodium Tripolyphosphate (an inactive ingredient in this toothpaste) helps to lift surface stains from the tooth as well as create a shield to prevent future stains from forming.
So, if you’re a sensitivity sufferer (and a white teeth lover), I recommend trying the Sensodyne® True White® toothpaste (save $1 by clicking this link). It’s proven to help relieve tooth sensitivity and it provides gentle stain removal and active stain prevention for whiter teeth* (both of which I’ve experienced firsthand). You can pick up a tube at most major retailers in the oral care aisle for about $6! If you’d like to learn more about Sensodyne® True White® (or any other Sensodyne® product), check out the company’s Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube pages. Here’s to healthy, white teeth!
*With twice daily brushing.
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