Pros: Great sensitivity protection; worked within two days
Cons: Doesn't clean teeth as well as my previous toothpaste; no flip-top cap
As I've gotten a little bit older, my teeth have become more sensitive. They seem to react to cold and hot drinks and foods and have even become more sensitive when not eating or drinking during the last couple of super cold winters we have had. I am totally and completely in love with the Crest Pro-Health Clinical Gum Protection Toothpaste I had been using but felt like I needed to start using something for sensitivity because the discomfort was bothersome.
Sensodyne Extra Whitening Toothpaste comes in a couple of sizes but I picked up the 4 oz. just to try it. It comes in a traditional tube and has a cap that screws off and on instead of a more modern flip-top cap. The toothpaste is a medium consistency and is white in color.
From Sensodyne.com: Sensodyne® Extra Whitening toothpaste breaks up stains to get your teeth whiter. Like other Sensodyne® toothpaste products, when used every day, Sensodyne® Extra Whitening toothpaste relieves sensitive teeth by building a protective barrier that blocks the pain caused by hot, cold, sweet and other contact triggers and it keeps it from coming back. It also leaves a fresh, clean feeling in your mouth.
It is recommended that this toothpaste is used twice a day every day and is not to be used by children 12 years or younger unless recommended by a dentist or doctor.
Ingredients (taken from packaging):
Active Ingredients: Potassium nitrate 5%, sodium fluoride, 15% w/v fluoride ion and 0.15% w/v Sodium Monofluorophosphate . Inactive Ingredients: Water, hydrated silica, sorbitol, glycerin, pentasodium triphosphate, PEG-8, flavor, titanium dioxide, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, xanthan gum, sodium hydroxide, sodium saccharin, sucralose.
I had never used a toothpaste for sensitive teeth before so I didn’t know what to expect. I figured that the texture of the toothpaste would be different from my Crest Pro-Health Clinical Gum Protection Toothpaste, as that toothpaste has a somewhat unique texture.
I was right about the texture of the Sensodyne Extra Whitening Formula Toothpaste. It has a thinner texture. I like thicker toothpastes, and it took a week or so for me to really get used to this thinner texture. It isn’t too liquid-y; it just isn’t as thick as I would prefer.
The flavor of this toothpaste is an average, generic peppermint flavor. It’s not too strong and doesn’t have a burning effect like some toothpastes. I like the flavor as it’s just right for me. The peppermint scent is also pleasant and isn’t too strong. I like my toothpastes to have a more mild peppermint flavor and scent.
I don’t feel like my teeth get quite as clean as they do when I use my Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste. I just don’t feel like the toothpaste does as good of a job as it could of removing plaque. It doesn't do a terrible job of cleaning my teeth, but it definitely doesn’t work as well as my Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste. I hate to keep comparing Sensodyne to the Crest Pro-Health, but in my mind the Crest Pro-Health product is perfect and there are a couple of key areas I which I feel that Sensodyne does not live up to the performance of the Crest product. Plaque removal is one of them for sure.
Now on to the really important area: After two days of brushing my teeth twice daily with the Sensodyne Extra Whitening Formula Toothpaste, my teeth were definitely less sensitive to cold and hot drinks and didn’t react to the cold air outside at all. It didn’t take this toothpaste long to start working at all – I think that two days is a very short time. I have been very happy with how my teeth have become far less sensitive than they were. I’m not sure that they are 100% non-sensitive now, but I would say they are probably 90% less sensitive than they were. This is a welcome change and to me, worth the price of the toothpaste. I would pay even more for it if I had to.
As for the whitening aspect of the Sensodyne Extra Whitening Formula Toothpaste, I don’t think that it has made much of a difference with how white my teeth are. My teeth are already pretty white, so I don’t really NEED the “extra whitening” but I do feel that the Crest 3D TV commercial is true – “if you’re not whitening, you’re yellowing” and like to have extra help with keeping my teeth from becoming yellow. So if it is helping my teeth to stay white, that’s great. I do know that my teeth haven’t become more yellow since I have been using this toothpaste (several weeks now), so I have no complaints so far.
I like the Sensodyne Extra Whitening Formula Toothpaste so far and will continue to use it. I really like the fact that my teeth are no longer sensitive and I will sacrifice the not-as-good-as-I’d-like cleaning power for the sensitivity protection. I may try other formulas of Sensodyne, depending on what is available and what my needs are in the future.
Price and Purchasing Information:
I paid $6.49 for my 4 oz. tube of Sensodyne Extra Whitening Formula Toothpaste at my local CVS drugstore. It is available at other drugstores and mass merchants such as Wal-Mart and K-Mart.