A couple dentist visits ago, I flinched. After the dental assistant had finished sanding my teeth, she began squirting water on and around my teeth to rinse them off and I flinched. That water was ice cold and my teeth did not like it. She suckered convinced me to buy a special tooth paste to help reduce my sensitivity. Except, it wasn’t a really tooth paste. It was a paste and it went on my teeth, but you didn’t brush with it. You squeezed it into a mouth tray and then let your teeth marinate in the paste. That special tube of sensitivity paste cost $23! (Not covered by insurance – ouch!) This treatment was a pain. Not only did I have to brush my teeth first, but then I had to sit around with trays in my mouth.
Thank goodness there is now a toothpaste that does it all with the introduction of Crest Pro-Health Sensitive Shield toothpaste. The new Crest Pro-Health Sensitive Shield works differently than other sensitivity toothpastes. Tooth sensitivity is caused when tubules in your dentin (your teeth) are stimulated, allowing fluids to rapidly flow through the tubules. When those fluids hit the nerves of your teeth – BAM! tooth pain. Other sensitivity toothpastes use potassium nitrate to numb the nerves, but the tubules remain open so if fluid is still flowing through the tubules, you might still feel pain. Crest Pro-Health uses stannous flouride to help block the exposed tubules in your teeth creating a barrier to prevent the nerves from being stimulated. It is also the only sensitivity toothpaste that also has an active ingredient that helps prevent gingivitis, while also protecting against cavities, plaque and tartar while whitening and freshening your breath. It truly is an all-in-one toothpaste.
OK, enough with the dental lesson – let’s get to the actual review. I brushed with Crest Pro-Health Sensitive Shield toothpaste in the Smooth Mint flavor for about three weeks. My gauge was how sensitive my teeth were when I drank ice cold water from my water bottle at work since the water bottle shoots the water straight towards my front teeth as I drink from it. At the beginning of my unofficially unscientific test, I could definitely feel a tingle as I drank. I don’t recall exactly when I stopped feeling the tingle, but I do know that now, I drink my ice water without noticing any tingling what-so-ever. I can’t measure the other aspects that it protects against, but I did not notice anything that would make me worry.
The flavor was rather pleasant as well. I would describe smooth mint as a more mild mint. It isn’t as sharp or as strong as other minty toothpastes, but it does leave your teeth feeling clean and your mouth fresh. The paste itself is a nice pale green with white flecks in it. It doesn’t seem to be quite as thick as other pastes, although it might be because it’s more like a gel texture than a paste texture.
A great pairing for the Crest Pro-Health Sensitive Shield toothpaste is the Oral-B CrossAction Gentle Clean Toothbrush. This brush is like the Lexus of toothbrushes to me. It’s definitely a luxury car but the ride is smooth. The brush has three different types of bristles – CrissCross Bristles to help brush away plaque, Power Tip Bristles to help clean waaay in the back of the mouth and other hard to reach places, and Indicator Bristles that fade when it’s time to replace the brush. All of the bristles are extra soft, which means they are gentle on the gums while still effectively cleaning your teeth.
This isn’t a scientifically proven fact, but I felt that when I brushed with the Oral-B CrossAction brush, there was less plaque that accumulated between my teeth. This was based on the amount of gunk that came out when I flossed. That was very surprising to me because I normally use an electric brush and those are supposed to be superior for cleaning. I suspect that the different types of bristles on the CrossAction Gentle Clean Brush may provide greater between the teeth cleaning than my electric brush.
Finally, after brushing your teeth, you will want to floss! OK, you might not want to floss, but if you do you’ll finally be able to make your dentist proud the next time they ask “Have you been flossing?” Crest Glide Pro-Health Floss is designed for sensitive gums by being two times softer than Glide Original floss. I couldn’t really tell that the floss was softer (my teeth aren’t THAT sensitive) but it did glide and move between my teeth very easily. It also had a matching smooth mint flavor that was a pleasant surprise.
The Crest Pro-Health family of products is available in stores at prices from $2.99 (for floss and brush) to $3.25 (for paste.) This is much more affordable, and much easier to use, than the expensive paste my dentist sold me. The seems like a great toothcare regimen for people who experience tooth sensitivity since it doesn’t require extra brushing or extra steps to achieve cleaner and less sensitive teeth. For more information about these products, to download coupons, or to register to win $500, please visit www.crestprohealth.com.
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The Prize: One Winner will receive the entire Crest Pro-Health Sensitive Shield product regimen, which includes the Crest Pro-Health Sensitive Shield Toothpaste, Crest Glide Pro-Health Floss for Sensitive Gums, and an Oral-B CrossAction Gentle Clean Brush.
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Disclaimer: This post consists of my (and/or fellow tester) opinions only. No compensation was given for this review/giveaway. I did receive a free Crest Pro-Health products from the manufacturer or representing PR agency to use and test for the purposes of this review. This did not affect the outcome of this review. Also, I am not a medical or health care professional. All statements made in this post are my experiences only and I make no guarantee for how this product will work for you. Please verify any claims made by the manufacturer directly with them.