Until three years back I was a brace face. I got braces twice in my life which meant 4 tooth extractions, regular gum bleeding and super sensitive teeth. In my (over crowded teeth) case, this was all part of the braces package. Since my early teenage days (that’s when I got braces for the first time) I remember having trouble consuming anything too hot or too cold. My dentist kept recommending me all sorts of mouthwashes, tooth pastes and tooth brushes but nothing helped in improving my situation. Until, I got rid of my braces (or that’s what I believed till now.)
Since the past two weeks my Instagram is flooded with bloggers, journalists, friends from Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad, discussing and posing next to the Sensodyne Chill Test activity booth.
On Saturday, the 14th of July,my best friend and I were out shopping in Dolmen City, Karachi. That’s when I spotted the Sensodyne’s booth. I pushed my friend to take the test with me since everyone was raving about how effective the Sensodyne Chill Test is! My best friend thought I was being stupid and the Chill Test activity won’t prove anything. We still went ahead and took the test.
The brand activation representatives greeted us warmly and told us what the test was all about. Both of us were asked to either choose from an ice lolly or ice water to consume. I opted for ice water (since I am on a clean eating diet) and my best friend being an addict to unhealthy snacks opted for an ice lolly.
As soon as I drank ice water my brain froze. Completely. Once my brain started functioning again, I felt very sharp pain in my teeth and gums!
The representative asked me about the areas which hurt the most. She then explained to us that tooth sensitivity starts when the softer, inner part of the tooth called ‘dentine’ becomes exposed. Dentine lies under the enamel and the gums. Once the dentine is exposed, external triggers (such as a cold drink) can stimulate the nerves inside the tooth, resulting in the characteristic short, sharp pain of tooth sensitivity. She further told us, sensitive teeth may affect as many as 1 in 3 people, even young adults. Most sufferers are between 20 and 50 years old.
The representative then gave me free samples and asked me to try their tooth paste to control sensitivity in my teeth. After research, I found out, Sensodyne formulas work in two different ways: Sensodyne toothpastes with potassium nitrate works to soothe the nerves inside the tooth. Stannous fluoride builds a robust reparative layer over the exposed dentine to create a barrier to pain triggers. Each Sensodyne toothpaste, is proven to relieve the pain of tooth sensitivity with twice daily brushing.
I have started using Sensodyne since then, even though its just been two days. Today, when I was out for lunch with my colleagues I thought to put to the test… I’ve never really been able to sink my teeth into anything cold. The idea of biting into a sugar free ice lolly or drinking tea that is too hot, makes me shudder and instantly want to clutch my mouth and jaw.
I decided to order a berry smoothie and hesitated before I chewed on ice left at the bottom of the glass (don’t judge). I braced myself as I took an ice cold sip and chewed on ice. I waited for that sharp pain, but there was some but not as bad and severe as before. Hurrayyyy!
I gobbled that icy smoothie all up with little to no pain.