Pros: Effective at Cleaning, Great Breath, Less Pain, Excellent Tube/Ease of Use
Cons: Strong Taste, A bit pricey
As someone who has sensitive teeth, that cry out in anguish every time I brush or eat those hard shelled candies, I had to make some changes. There will be no more "Mr. Nutcracker" this year, as I promised my chompers not to bite down on those miserable chestnuts. There will be no biting my dog when she sinks her jaws into my face again. In fact, I'm going to start blending my steaks so there will be no more chewing ever again. Hopefully that last part will never be required, even though the day is coming when I'll be forced to wear chest high plaid pants and dentures. Until then, I've decided to use Crest Sensitivity Toothpaste. Its a little easier to take care of this problem that way, then by doing something so ridiculous, that I might just become institutionalized.
A lot of toothpastes are as gentle as a brillo pad, so it makes sense to find one that doesn't gut your teeth, like those friends of mine in West Virginia deal with. (A joke really, because I don't want to squeal like a pig, when running into Bill McKinney from Deliverance) Certain toothpastes can cause your teeth to hurt, as well as your gums, and its another pain to have to apply the Orajel for relief. Crest Sensitivity Formula is a bit more gentle, and you can get your chompers bright white with this, without much effort at all. I was worried about sacrificing the cleaning ability of other toothpastes, but this one does a fine job in removing stains associated with various junk foods and the gallons of coffee I drink on a daily basis.
My gums and teeth feel a lot better with this. Also, I've noticed its a fantastic option for fresh breath. You are going to pay more for this formula than your cheap dollar store brand variety, but it has worked wonders in decreasing the pain associated with brushing. For that alone its worth its weight in gold, even though a 4 oz tube is in the $5 range. That's a small price to pay for a lack of discomfort, and I'm thrilled with how well it cleans teeth, and keeps them in near pearly white condition. You also don't have to use a whole bunch of it either, so the price difference isn't so bad when you consider its quality over quantity effectiveness.
The active ingredients of this product are potassium nitrate 5%, and sodium fluoride 0.243%. Crest is manufactured by the fine folks of Proctor and Gamble, who seem to own every corner of the market in medicines and health aids. The tube is well constructed, and you don't have to be built like the Governator to push the paste out either. That's even less pain, which is another reason why I will continue to buy this product when it runs out. Give the Clean Mintflavor a chance, as it is a bit strong, but when it comes to clean teeth and less pain, its worth a little flavor infusion. This is available everywhere toothpaste and other products of similar ilk are sold.