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Fri Sep 14, 2007 7:47 am      Reply with quote
I do believe beauty is not merely skin but also our smile (showing teeth). Anyway, I went to deep cleaning and I felt more my teeth are more sensitive. I do understand as we grew older, our gum will go little bit downward that showed more of our root. My dentist suggested me to use less harsh toothbrush or maybe use toothpaste for sensitive tooth. All I can think of is synsodyne.

any suggestion of what toothpaste for sensitive tooth? would nature toothpaste help?
Any thought about aging gum problem like mine?
Well, I am 30, don't know if any other gals out there has the same problem...

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Fri Sep 14, 2007 9:56 am      Reply with quote
Sensodyne F is the best and use a Butlers soft toothbrush
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I have been using Mentadent for Sensitive Teeth and liking it. While we are on the subject, I've been using toothpaste for sensitive teeth for a year or so and someone just told me that I should only use it for a month or so. Has anyone heard this before?

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Fri Sep 14, 2007 12:37 pm      Reply with quote
Mammamia, I've never heard that - my dentist told me that you have to use it very regularly for the effect to build up (so I recently started using Sensodyne every time I brush). I hate the taste, though, and I recall a few years ago that Tom's of Maine had a sensitive teeth version that was more natural. I may try and see if that still exists - but I never thought much of their toothpastes either thanks to the high SLS content. But either way, my understanding is that regular use is what builds up the tolerance, because there are finely ground silica particles that actually "fill in" the gaps in your teeth that were causing you pain. Creepy, but apparently effective.

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Fri Sep 14, 2007 12:38 pm      Reply with quote
My mum has been using Sensodyne for years but her teeth were still sensitive. Recently when she went to the dentist, he recommended Colgate Sensitive because although Sensodyne is designed for those with sensitive teeth, he said that switching toothpaste will help.

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Fri Sep 14, 2007 3:33 pm      Reply with quote
Sensodyne is my recommended toothpaste for sensitive teeth. It does work for me. Very Happy

If Sensodyne is out of reach by any means ,look for a rich-fluoride based toothpaste.The lack of fluoride is the main cause for sensitive teeth.

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Fri Sep 14, 2007 6:55 pm      Reply with quote
I have sensitive teeth and use Sensodyne... I'm not sure I see a difference with regular toothpaste though...
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Wed Sep 19, 2007 12:41 am      Reply with quote
Hi!

I am not sure if they sell this brand in your area, but you might want to take a look for Tom's of Maine.

It is a natural toothpaste that comes in various formulations, including sensitive formulas.

http://www.tomsofmaine.com/

I would think that the natural ingredients would be less harsh on the gums.

I also highly recommend the SoniCare toothbrushes. I know that they are expensive BUT they now have a battery operated version that goes for $30, much cheaper than the more expensive rechargeable ones... and it has a 2 year warranty. I picked up one for my son recently and I can actually see the difference in his teeth! He was using a rechargeable Oral B .

Good luck and take care.

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Wed Sep 19, 2007 8:50 am      Reply with quote
Hi there,
I am new to the forum but sometime lurker. I thought I would come out of hiding and answer this. I have receding gums and sensitive teeth. My dentist told me to use Senodoyne and the Colgate liquid gel fluoride. You have to ask for it at the pharmacy but but I was supposed to rub it on the senstive areas. It worked really well so I didnt have to get any gum grafting done. But I eventually stopped as the taste even though it was cherry made me feel so sick. Eventually I found a toothpaste from Immunotec which is from Canada,that helped my teeth and they were actually really good for my gums.
I wasnt using it for any purpose other than toothpaste. I stocked up on several tubes to save on the shipping. You can avoid the MLM aspects of it by trying to just buy only that. HTH>
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Wed Sep 19, 2007 12:11 pm      Reply with quote
This is sort of on topic: A few days ago my dental hygienist told me to avoid tooth paste that has tartar control because it will cause your teeth to become sensitive. She also said to avoid whitening toothpastes because a)they can't whiten your teeth and b)they could cause some kind of other problem (too bad i can't remember what that problem is lol).

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Wed Sep 19, 2007 8:29 pm      Reply with quote
Hello,

I teach dental hygiene and preventive dentistry and I may be able to help a little.

Sensitivity of teeth is caused by a lot of different factors. Often sensitivity is not a permanent condition - for some yes, others no.

Bleaching your teeth can cause sensitivity. A "deep cleaning" at your dental office can also. Recession of gums is a common cause of sensitivity. Sometimes the sensitivy will go away on it's own over time. Teeth have little tubules inside and they will often seal themselves so the pain sensation is no longer delivered from the outside into the nerve area of the tooth.

As far as specific toothpastes: each person is different as to what type works best for them. Different Sensitive toothpastes use different ingredients for sensitivity. Potassium nitrate is one and strontium choride is another. If one type is not working for you, try another.

Fluoride also has desensitizing properties. A Rx fluoride toothpaste (with higher fluoride levels than over the counter) may help. Your dentist can write the script.

A fluoride varnish applied in a dental office will help with very sensitive teeth.

Sensitive toothpastes should be used once a day preferably (not twice a day like others.)

As far as using whitening, and tartar control - the problem tends to be when you use an "All in One" meaning whitening with tartar control.... Your gums run a greater risk of sloughing and presenting with an allergic reaction when you have all kinds of active ingredients in one toothpaste working together (sort of like our skin!)...

If you have any specific questions or would like more info. I would be glad to answer more in depth.
If I think of something else that may help I'll chime back in.
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Wed Sep 19, 2007 9:22 pm      Reply with quote
Sensodyne as well
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Sister sweets,
Can you think of why I feel really nausea when I get a fluoride treatment at the dentist? I finally figured it out and I am going to ask that they dont do it anymore but I dont think they will be cooperative. I avoided it for a bit because all they had a one point was mint and that set my asthma off.
Now they have berry ones but I still feel so sick and didnt really associate it with the dentist til last time.
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Wed Sep 19, 2007 10:54 pm      Reply with quote
I'm loving Kiss My Face Toothpaste Line as well as the Jason Line.

If you want whiter teeth use Vivid Crest that works amazingly well!@!
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Thu Sep 20, 2007 12:21 am      Reply with quote
Sensodyne!!
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Thu Sep 20, 2007 10:54 am      Reply with quote
Oher suggestions to decrease sensitivity: Alter diet (Change acidic choices)
Increase fluid intake to alter any medication influence.
Alter toothbrush habits (extra soft brush)
Do not brush after consuming acidic foods.
Change habits: gritting teeth, grinding, candy, toothpicks

Fluoride is a a good option - it forms a precipitate to help seal tubules.
Found in gels, foams, rinses, varnish and toothpaste. As I said previously a Rx formula may be best if your sensitivity is extreme. One such brand is Prevident. PLease be aware high percentages of fluoride can cause tooth staining. This can be scaled or polished off at the dentist office.

I tend to brush with a fluoride toothpaste and spit out all I can and not rinse! This allows the topical benefits of fluoride to stay on your teeth and exposed gums longer. Exposed roots are very susceptible to both decay and sensitivity.

SAKURA - When you get your fluoride TX I am assuming it is in a tray???? You could try having them paint it on with a cotton swab. Sometimes it's the tray and all the stuff that can add to the nausea - I see it at times in our own dental clinic.
Fluoride is a toxic substance in large doses so do not swallow - this will make you sick.

My daughter used to throw up when she got fluoride - I do not know a medical reason for this but I think if they try another way it may work okay for you. Let me know.
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Thu Sep 20, 2007 12:30 pm      Reply with quote
I agree with the previous post and all the advices given. I also used colgate prevident 5000 but now have switched to sultan 5000 (which is the same thing but doesn't have SLS and sorbital but only xylitol). I've been using these flouride toothpaste forever and I HAVEN'T gotten one cavity. My teeth is A LOT whiter, shinier and less sensitive. I do eat a lot of acidic food (vinegar, tomatoes, lemons, etc.) though and a lot of hot/spicy food as well. I used extra soft bristle (oral b professional care). You need px for these toothpastes but even then they're still pretty expensive/tube, but a little goes a long way.
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Sistersweet,
They used to use a gel in a tray and now they have an oral rinse. No matter, as I think I might have some sensitivty to it as feeling that sick that eating is not an option is not good. When I used the Immunotec toothpaste I stopped getting a cavity every year. Before that I had to use the natural toothpastes without fluoride as everything made my asthma (mint or strong tastes) act up. The only ingredient I can think of maybe is the Xylitol that is helping. They also tout the HMS90 protein powder but I dont believe it does much on the gums. I have taken it and my dog the powder that was very benefical.
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Fri Sep 21, 2007 1:21 am      Reply with quote
Thanks Sistersweet for the information...very helpful. I was curious if you had heard not to use toothpaste for sensitive teeth for long durations (i.e. over a month.) I hadn't heard this before but now I just noticed that it was written on a tube of Colgate Sensitive Whitening.

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Fri Sep 21, 2007 12:57 pm      Reply with quote
As I've thought this over - I expect part of the reason for the one month duration of use may be because if you don't have resolution of the sensitivity by then - something else might be going on and you are best having it checked and taken care of professionally.

Meaning you may need something stronger to help alleviate the sensitivity symptoms. Or there may be another reason beyond just sensitivity for the discomfort.

Also it may be a legal issue due to the highly active ingredients (companies must cover themselves).

Even Listerine use should not be overdone. It should be used for a shorter duration to get a given situation under control. Not as a daily -rest-of-your life thing.
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Mon Jul 21, 2008 7:44 am      Reply with quote
I've used sensodyne pronamel with success!
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Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:03 am      Reply with quote
Fluoride might make you sick because it's poison... and not fit for human consumption but that's jmho. I told them no more! about three years ago, around the same time my hubby was diagnosed with lymphoma and I started researching toxins in our environment that we weren't doing it anymore, they certainly can't force you to take it - sheesh.

I found that when I stopped using toothpaste with glycerine, and stopped the fluoride treatments/toothpaste my horrible sensitivity has gone away. After years of 'those' toothpastes and the dentist painting some stuff on the gum line this is a great relief. I also gargle with a silver solution and use Biotene mouthwashes.

HTH!
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Thu Jul 24, 2008 9:51 am      Reply with quote
Sensodyne Proenamel seems to help sensitive teeth. However, I have been using jason's blue algae toothpaste. It is a natural toothpaste product. My brother had some painful issues with his teeth and by using jason's toothpaste, his pain is now gone. Woohoo! Razz
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Thu Jul 24, 2008 12:39 pm      Reply with quote
My dentist recommended "Sensodyne" for my sensitive teeth. My gum is really weak and I have some surgery too.

But no use.. I stil have a sensitive teeth but Sensodyne helps a little bit. But I still can't drink cold, hot, and sour stuff.
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Fri Jul 25, 2008 10:35 am      Reply with quote
Thx for all recommendations....
I triend sensodyne for sensitive teeth, after awhile, it doesn't really improve anything either. Right now, I try not to brush my teeth as hard and use soft brush toothbrush. Also, I brush my teeth very fast with warm water, I use flosh and waterpik (like water pump) to clear up my teeth to help cleaning up my teeth. of course, always ending with listerine...

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