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Brushing Up On How To Take Care Of Sensitive Teeth #ColgateSensitive

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Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief Toothpaste

 Toothpaste That’s Not Just For Grandma Anymore

I admit it.  I used to make fun of the “old people’s” toothpaste that I would see sitting on the bathroom counter at my parents’ place.  You know, the pasty, bland-tasting toothpaste for those with sensitive teeth.

Thank goodness toothpaste for sensitive teeth has come a long way since then because…as they say when it come to karma…what goes around comes around.

Guess who’s storing toothpaste for sensitive teeth on their bathroom counter now? That’s right – me!

All my life I’ve been blessed with strong teeth.  I’ve only had one cavity in all the years that I’ve been visiting the dentist.  Perhaps it is because I spent my early childhood eating those hideous green fluoride pills (anyone remember those?).  Or maybe I’m just lucky.

So it came as a shock to me in my mid-30’s when I started to feel the effects of tooth sensitivity.  I started experiencing pain in one of my molars.  I was pretty certain it had to be a cavity.  A quick visit to my dentist proved me wrong.  My dentist uttered these shocking words to me:

“You’ve got tooth sensitivity.”

What??? I was only in my mid-30’s!  Isn’t it just people over age 60 that get that?

Apparently not.

So what exactly is tooth sensitivity?  Here’s a great answer straight from the Colgate website:

“The underlying root surface of your teeth is called dentin – it is the layer with open tubules that connect to the nerves. Normally it is protected by enamel and gums, but over time the enamel can get thinner and the gums can recede, exposing open dentin tubules, leaving your teeth feeling extra sensitive.”

Tooth sensitivity can cause sufferers to avoid certain foods altogether.  Trust me, it can be painful to eat and drink certain foods and beverages when you have this condition.  For me, the worst was eating ice cream or drinking an icy cold beer (two of my favourite treats!).  For others, exposure to hot, sweet, or acidic foods or beverages can cause those with sensitive teeth to suffer.  There was no way I was going to give up two of my favourite things…nor was I willing to put up with the pain.

So thankfully I did not have a cavity, however, how was I going to stop the pain in my tooth?  I asked my dentist “What do I do now?”.

My dentist told me not to worry and handed me a tube of that same “old people’s toothpaste” I use to make fun of.  GREAT.  I officially felt OLD.

Fast forward a decade or so, and dozens of tubes of toothpaste later, I was still brushing with that same old toothpaste.

That was until the great folks at Colgate found me, and brought a new smile to my face.  They introduced me to Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief – Colgate’s answer to relief from the pain of sensitive teeth.


Did you know that all sensitivity toothpastes are not created equal?

“Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief (CSPR) toothpaste is formulated to shield and repair sensitive teeth for long-lasting protection (with regular use). Most other sensitivity toothpastes contain potassium nitrate, which primarily numbs the tooth nerve, masking the pain of tooth sensitivity, and will take 2 weeks of use before relief is delivered. Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief toothpaste works by plugging the channels that lead to the sensitive tooth nerves, to block the pain. With regular use, it builds a long-lasting protective barrier that acts like a seal against sensitivity.”

Colgate challenged me to try Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief in place of my regular toothpaste.  They provided me with toothpaste and a brand new Colgate 360 toothbrush for sensitive teeth.  I didn’t even know you could buy a toothbrush for sensitive teeth!

I stopped using my regular toothpaste a couple of weeks in advance.  By the time I was ready to start using my Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief toothpaste, my tooth sensitivity was starting to flare up.

To get ready for my challenge, I gathered my Colgate toothbrush and toothpaste…and a small glass of beer. I figured what better way to test my tooth sensitivity than to swish some cold, fizzy beer around in my mouth (it sounded like a good excuse anyway).

Youch! Felt like I’d been going without my old tooth sensitivity toothpaste for too long.

Next I put some Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief toothpaste on my finger and rubbed it over the tooth and gums that felt the most sensitive.  That was it…after about a minute of rubbing the toothpaste into my tooth and gums, I felt complete relief.  Really.  I admit I was pessimistic about Colgate’s claims that their toothpaste could relieve my tooth discomfort after a one minute application.  After all, it took my old toothpaste a week or two before it relieved my discomfort when I first started using tooth sensitivity toothpaste.

So I rinsed my mouth, and back to the cold, fizzy beer I went.  This time I had to deal with a “yuck” factor instead of a “youch” factor.  One sip of my beer, swished around in my mouth…and no pain!  Yay!  As for mixing beer with the taste of Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief toothpaste?  All I can say is…don’t do it! Those two flavours definitely don’t mix!


So I’ve been brushing with Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief toothpaste (and my 360 toothbrush) for over a week now, and I’m no longer dealing with the pain of sensitive teeth – no matter how icy cold my beer is! What I love most about my new toothpaste (besides how well it works to relieve my pain) is that it tastes GREAT! It has such a fresh, minty flavour – something my old toothpaste severally lacked.

Although Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief toothpaste can provide immediate pain relief to sensitive teeth, please remember that you must use the toothpaste regularly to protect against the pain from coming back.

Do YOU suffer from sensitive teeth?  Did you know that Colgate is currently running a Sensitive Pro-Relief Challenge?  Take the challenge like I did.  Order your FREE sample of Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief toothpaste by going to (only 1 sample per house hold).  When you sign up to take the challenge you will receive:

  • 1 trial size tube (22 mL) of Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief toothpaste

  • 1 coupon for $1 off a Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief toothpaste

That’s not all!  Visit the Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief website, once you’ve had a chance to take the challenge, and review the toothpaste online for a chance to win one (1) NESPRESSO® U Pure Orange coffee machine and one (1) gift basket containing a 1 year supply of Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief products.  How sweet is that?!

So join me by taking the Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief Challenge, won’t you?


“Disclosure: I am part of the Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

  1. November 23, 2013

    Jodi Shaw

    I’m a part of this great campaign and loved it. I have super sensitive teeth, and love the taste of the toothpaste. Great share Sandi

    • November 23, 2013


      Thanks Jodi! Glad you got to be a part of this campaign too! Hope your teeth and gums are as happy as mine are now 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. November 22, 2013

    Coffee with Julie

    I didn’t realize Colgate made a sensitive tooth line! My daughter has really sensitive teeth … especially for ice cream in the summer. Thanks for the detailed run-down!

    • November 23, 2013


      You’re welcome, Julie! Wow…I’m starting to realize that many young people suffer from sensitivity too! I had no idea. Try giving your daughter some Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief. Hopefully that would help her out. Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • November 22, 2013


      LOL Kyla!! I can ever hear that sound effect! Yes, just another benefit to this toothpaste 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. November 22, 2013

    Maya Fitzpatrick

    oh wow! You really put your sensitive through the test. All in the name of science. I’m also blessed with strong teeth… but I guess only time will tell. Good to know that Colgate offers this option for those that need it.

    • November 22, 2013


      Glad to hear you have strong teeth too, Maya! Hope they never turn sensitive on you. If they do though, you know what to use 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting!

  4. November 22, 2013


    Both my son and I have sensitive teeth. It gets really painful. So happy for good toothpaste that helps

    • November 22, 2013


      Oh geez, gingermommy, sorry to hear that! Especially your son since he’s young. Maybe this Colgate toothpaste could help both of you. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  5. November 22, 2013


    I’ve tried it too and this stuff is amazing! It works so well and I don’t have to avoid some of my favourite foods anymore!

    • November 22, 2013


      Great to hear you’ve had a chance to try it too, Cyn! Me too…have to be able to eat and drink my favourite foods and beverages! Thanks for reading and commenting!

  6. November 22, 2013

    Bonnie Way

    My mom uses sensitive toothpaste all the time, has for years. The dentist recently gave my hubby some to try because he doesn’t like brushing his teeth. I think the flavour does make a big difference! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • November 22, 2013


      I would agree, Bonnie, flavour is a big thing. I want my toothpaste to taste like toothpaste, not come bland, tasteless paste. I am really liking the taste of the Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief toothpaste 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting!

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