close up of teeth and lips

(Note: not the author’s teeth)

There are many ways in which I feel middle-aged. Of course there’s the obvious drooping, sagging and squinting. But the worst is having to deal with old people problems – the kind our parents had.

Kick in the Teeth

For me, it’s sensitive teeth. My good friend T confided she thinks they are an obvious sign of aging, but I’d already noticed it with my teeth’s crookedness, discoloration and sensitivity. So I got my grill, made the necessary sacrifices to ensure a megawatt smile, but still I suffered. It was the sensitivity that truly sent me.

So what did I do? Something so simple (and much cheaper than all the ortho work I’d been through). I switched toothpastes. No biggie you say, but when you’re living with a former P&Ger (whose been thoroughly indoctrinated), switching hockey allegiances would’ve been a less traumatic decision.

dental care products

The Switch

Still, I defected from Crest and jumped over to Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief (CSPR) toothpaste on the advice of my dental hygienist. She told me to rub it on the sensitive teeth with my fingertip and gently massage for about a minute, before doing daring things like sucking back on ice cubes.

So I did my own research, and found that most other sensitivity toothpastes contain potassium nitrate, which numbs the tooth nerve, masking the pain, and takes two weeks of use before you no longer feel the burn. This Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief plugs the channels that lead to the sensitive tooth nerves, to block the pain. And if you use it regularly, it builds a long-lasting protective barrier that acts like a seal against sensitivity.

So now I’m back on frozen banana smoothies and soups straight from a simmering stove-top.


Want to try it for yourself? Get a free sample of CSPR toothpaste here and let me know how you make out.

Do you have sensitive teeth? How do you get pain relief?