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Is Sensodyne Toothpaste Doing More Harm Than Good?

Question:

Hey, I have really good teeth and never had any fillings or sensitivity issues however Ive been using a different toothpaste.

Sensodyne original toothpaste (not the whitening one) over this last week and I swear my teeth are actually feeling more sensitive after having used it.

Is it possible that sensitive toothpaste can have the opposite effect on people without sensitive teeth? I know it sounds stupid but I'm sure its the toothpaste I've never had sore teeth my whole life!

Is this doing my teeth damage?  Should I stop using it?

Answer:

Is it your teeth or your gums that hurt?  If it's your gums, you may be allergic to something in the toothpaste.

Sensitivity to certain toothpaste ingredients is not unusual. It can cause gum soreness, or even  gum tissue sloughing (peeling) like you peel after a sunburn.  You should stop using it and see if the problem goes away. If you don't have sensitive teeth you don't need it anyway.

I like Prevident 5000 for tooth sensitivity and cavity prevention. Prevident is a prescription strength fluoride gel.  It has more fluoride than over the counter toothpaste and not only improves sensitivity but makes teeth more resistant to cavities.  You can purchase it from your dentist or ask for a prescription.  One bottle lasts at least 6 months.

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