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New Hope For The Treatment Of Dentine Hypersensitivity

Dentine hypersensitivity affects a very large number of adults worldwide. It is the precursor to larger problems, and is probably the most underdiagnosed and undertreated dental problem of all time. People who get negative reactions, to hot, cold, windy weather, sweet, sour or spicy food usually just choose to live with it, as it is not a big enough problem to warrant spending money on, especially with the prices of treatment skyrocketing and the economy still being in recession. But now there is relief for people who cannot afford to go to the dentist every time their hypersensitivity acts up. 

Relief

The relief comes in the form of a desensitizing toothpaste. This might sound like it could go horribly wrong, but in fact the paste has just passed a series of very rigorous clinical trials in Taiwan, where it was determined that it is indeed safe, and very effective at relieving pain and sensitivity. 

The study involved 18 male and 25 female students with no caries and a case of dentine hypersensitivity. They were given Colgate’s new Sensitive Pro-Relief toothpaste. An overwhelming 97% of those studied said that they had drastically improved hypersensitivity after eight weeks of use, and the regular checkups that they were subjected to confirmed that no soft or hard tissue damage was encountered. 

Active Ingredients

The ingredients that make this hypersensitivity disappear are an amino acid called arginine, and calcium carbonate. Both of these are harmless to the teeth as far as we know. This is where the problem comes in. While the short term studies are very promising, there is no long term data available on these compounds, their effects on human physiology and dentition, or of their possible interactions with each other. Until this is done, no one can say that it is completely safe. Even though this product is available in stores and is deemed safe by the FDA, try and use it in moderation, until all of the facts come out.