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Are you afraid of ice cream? What about soda with ice? Is there a whisper of danger in the back of your head anytime you need to eat something that’s cold or hot?
Having sensitive teeth sucks – I’ve been there. Eating gelato comes down to a very specific and practiced set of tongue maneuvers – no teeth involved at all. It makes some of those really enjoyable moments a huge pain.
That kinda takes away from the “enjoyable” part in my opinion.
If you’ve been looking for a solution to sensitive teeth, you’ve probably heard of Sensitive Pronamel toothpaste. The question though: does it work? We’ll talk about that and more in our Sensodyne Pronamel Toothpaste Review.
The Main Jist
So we’ve heard of Sensodyne – they’ve been around for ages. Interesting fact – if you’ve ever been to Japan and seen Shumitect toothpaste, it’s the same thing. Who knew!?
The basic idea behind Sensodyne toothpaste is that it helps to improve the sensitivity tolerance of your teeth. It does that by using a special super secret Sensodyne ingredient called Potassium Nitrate. The potassium nitrate basically tells the nerve ending to “shut up”. It does this by depolarizing it, which effectively shuts it off for a period of time.
So that’s cool, but what does Pronamel toothpaste do specifically? On top of the regular care of Sensodyne toothpaste it helps to protect and fight against acid erosion. You could go to Sensodyne’s website and learn all about acid erosion, but that takes so much work. We’ve got a section right here explaining the whole thing.
Acid Erosion Basics
Acid erosion is this whole big thing that’s come up in the past few years. The basic idea is that our teeth are getting warn away by the increase in acidic foods that we consume.
Back in the olden days, cavemen didn’t have a regular intake of Mountain Dew Code Red or Starbuck’s Caramel Macchiatos. With the creativity and variety of modern day food comes an increase in acid. That’s great for our taste buds, but not so great for our teeth.
Some of the basic stats can sound a bit scary:
- One third of young adults show some degree of acid erosion
- Nearly half of 11-13 year olds show signs of acid erosion
- As few as four acidic foods per day can attribute to an increased erosion rate
As one might expect, sugarier, acidic drinks are the biggest offenders. Drinks such as sodas, energy drinks and wine are the worst on your teeth. Even healthier items like fruit and water with lemon can contribute acid erosion issues though.
The idea behind Sensodyne Pronamel toothpaste is to help fight acid erosion.
If you’re worried about acid erosion, there’s five main areas dentists look at to determine whether or not you teeth might be showing symptoms:
- Weakness: The acids in foods and drinks can actually make enamel softer, making it easier to wear away.
- Thinness: As the enamel gets eroded more and more, the thickness drops drastically.
- Transparency: As enamel wears down and gets thinner, you’ll notice that your teeth will take on a slightly transparent, see-through look.
- Yellowing: This isn’t as obivous since it just looks regular staining, but as the enamel wears away it leaves more cracks and crevices for pigments to catch on to. This makes it easier for your teeth to stain.
- Dullness: A healthy, shiny smile is the result of strong and thick enamel coatings on your teeth. As the enamel is damaged you’ll notice your teeth shining much less.
A Quick Tour
So on first inspection, is how is Sensodyne Pronamel toothpaste? Well, the first thing we noticed is that the box is a bit smaller compared to others at the store. You’ll have to refill more frequently and you’re getting less for the money. The tube looks pretty normal, but the cap is a bit large.
Upon opening the tube, you’ll find the the Pronamel toothpaste to really be more of a gel. It’s extremely smooth – almost appears a bit watery. It’s definitely not abrasive which is a good thing for those with sensitive teeth.
Once you start using it, you’ll probably notice two things: the taste and the foam. We were pretty surprised at how little foaming occurred when we started brushing. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but you’ll probably notice it. The second is the taste.
Personally, I really liked the taste. That’s mainly because there really wasn’t one, which is awesome. You’ll notice a hint of mint but otherwise not much else. We looked around online and to our surprise some people were completely revolted by the taste of the Sensodyne Pronamel toothpaste. We really didn’t think it was bad at all, but I guess some people out there did. Keep that in mind I suppose.
There’s no doubt that Sensodyne toothpaste is the place to go for sensitive teeth. I can’t talk a whole lot about the acid erosion effectiveness since I personally haven’t experienced that, but from what we’ve read, it works very well.
If you’ve noticed issues with translucent teeth or slightly transparent teeth, you’ll definitely want to check towards this option.
Otherwise, my mouth felt completely clean (albeit a tad bit dry) after brushing and I’ve definitely noticed a decrease in sensitivity.
Like anything else, there were a few slightly annoy aspects of the Sensodyne Pronamel Toothpaste. First, as we alluded to above, the price is a bit higher than others. If you’ve had issues with sensitive teeth or acid erosion then the price is justifiable, however if you’re just looking for a standard toothpaste, you’ll find it a tad expensive.
The obvious irritation was the size of the cap. Like… who decided to do that? It’s large enough that you definitely can’t unwind it with one hand. If you usually multitask in the mornings getting ready (who doesn’t) then you’ll have to dedicate two hands to opening the tube.
If you’re interested in picking up the whitening version of Pronamel toothpaste, you might want to look elsewhere. The whitening on this toothpaste really isn’t as strong as others, and it goes against the idea of sensitivity.
Often times teeth whitening products increase sensitivity on teeth due to the abrasive particles included in the toothpaste. The whole idea behind the Sensodyne Pronamel is to decrease sensitivity. You kinda need to commit to one or the other – whitening your teeth with toothpaste along with decreasing the sensitivity isn’t a super viable option.
Sensodyne Pronamel Toothpaste Review Wrap Up
So how is it? We think it’s pretty decent if you’re looking to decrease sensitivity or fight against acid erosion. The taste is solid, the toothpaste is smooth and other than the stupid annoying cap, we think it works pretty well.