Do sensitive toothpastes actually work?

Have you stopped reaching for certain foods and drinks because the pain of sensitivity was just too much to bare? Well you’re not alone! Tooth sensitivity is a common dental problem that occurs where there is a loss of the outer enamel protective layer.

So what can I do?

Try sensitive toothpaste! Different brands may offer different ingredients and mechanisms in which they work, but it’s important to keep in mind that all sensitive toothpastes work to achieve the same outcome. They work to patch up this outer layer, preventing any stimuli from travelling to the nerve of the tooth and relieving you of your pain.

 Which brand of sensitive toothpaste do I choose?

I’m sure we’ve all walked down the Oral Hygiene isle at your local supermarket and been overwhelmed by choice, and how lucky are we! With such a massive range of sensitive toothpastes claiming to give you that relief from sensitivity you’ve been looking for, where do you begin?

Keeping in mind, sensitive toothpaste is not typically a ‘one size fits all’ model, and what may work for you may not work for the next person. So for the most of us, it’s a matter of trial and error to find that perfect match. But don’t fret! Here at Aim, we are always happy to give our friendly, professional advice to send you on your way.

Will sensitive toothpaste replace my regular toothpaste?

Yes! There is no need to double up so long as the sensitive toothpaste of your choice  contains fluoride. So be sure to check the label, and make sure you haven’t picked up a natural based toothpaste because this may not apply.

Use as intended- twice daily, morning and night, to give you a lifetime of sensitive-free teeth. And for any stubborn areas, grab a pea sized amount of toothpaste, apply to the needed areas and leave to do its job.

Why don’t my teeth feel any different after a single use?

We recommend reading the label. Some brands claim that you will get instant relief, whilst others aren’t so specific on timing and may require a longer working period to reach their full potential. So make sure you allow at least a few weeks of use and avoid switching from one toothpaste to another.

My sensitivity is gone! Am I healed?

You’ve found your perfect match, and you are now relieved of your pain!

Whilst this is grand step towards improving your oral health and general wellbeing, sensitivity can be often be linked to other underlying issues such as tooth decay.

The best way to make sure this is not the case is to make sure you keep up your at home oral hygiene, bring this up at your next 6 monthly Active Maintenance appointment, and if your sensitivity worsens please contact your dentist ASAP.

PRO TIP: when brushing with your sensitive toothpaste at night, spit out and avoid rinsing to allow your toothpaste to work its magic whilst you sleep!