Toothpaste for Sensitive Gums and Teeth

When teeth are sensitive, it's usually because their dentin—tissue beneath the enamel—is exposed, making hot and cold drinks a pain. Over-the-counter desensitizing toothpastes may allow those with sensitive teeth to brush without pain, while gradually decreasing sensitivity over time. Also check out oral pain relievers, toothache products, and general use toothpaste.


Percentage of Pharmacists' Votes

Sensodyne 79%
Colgate Sensitive 8%
Crest Sensitivity 8%
Aquafresh Sensitive 3%
Arm & Hammer Sensitive 2%

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