Yay! The winner of the $200 LOFT Gift Card per random.org was number 89 - Missris. (Make sure you do the mandatory entries, everyone!) She responded with her information just under the wire before I selected a new winner, and her gift card is on its way. I'm still tallying the entries for the $200 VISA gift card giveaway that ended on Friday, but I'll post the winner of that one soon!
In the spirit of full disclosure, SheSpeaks sent me a tube of Senodyne toothpaste an two freezer pops. I received no other compensation, and all opinions expressed are my own.
I have very strong opinions on toothpaste. This is one of those purchases I make where I don't go for the cheapest one. There really is a difference between one brand and another.
I don't like a toothpaste that has disappeared into the ether before I've finished brushing. I don't like gritty toothpastes. I want my toothpaste to taste minty, but not toooo minty. And I want the clean feeling in my mouth to last for more than five minutes. I found my brand, and I tend to stick with it.
As I've gotten older, I've noticed that my teeth are sometimes sensitive as I'm eating especially cold items. It's enough to annoy me when eating a particularly good ice cream, but it isn't serious.
Sensodyne has a toothpaste that is aimed at people just like me, and SheSpeaks sent me some to try out to see how well it worked. I was to use the Sensodyne toothpaste for two weeks and then see how my sensitivity had changed.
Sensodyne does some cool stuff. It starts as a gel and then turns into a foam once it hits a warmer temperature (inside your mouth). The foam then does a better job of actually cleaning your teeth. This took a little bit of getting used to, but I actually really like the foam because it doesn't dissipate the way so many regular toothpastes do.
The toothpaste is a mint flavor, but it took me awhile to get used to it. After the first couple of times using it, I was pretty sure that I'd do my two week trial and then be done with the toothpaste. It had a bit of an odd aftertaste and wasn't quite as minty as I was used to. Apparently I'm used to it now, as I really like it, and I don't notice the aftertaste anymore.
The toothpaste seems to work really well, and it definitely keeps my mouth feeling fresh. Again, it isn't super super minty, but I feel clean. Even at the end of the day, my teeth still feel like I brushed them not that long ago.
The toothpaste comes in a cannister, which has its pluses and minuses, to be honest. I like the ease of pushing a little button to get the toothpaste out, but I also feel like I won't get as much toothpaste from the cannister as I would were it a tube. I've also noticed that there is a bit of extra gel that collects at the opening and dries up so that I end up with a little bit of dried up toothpaste each time. Not a big deal, just a little annoyance.
And at the end of the two weeks? I wouldn't go so far as to say that I have no sensitivity at all anymore, but it has definitely lessened. I can still feel a chilled sensation in certain parts of my mouth, but it's more like I can tell it's there than something that causes me any discomfort.
It's been a little over a month now, and I'm still using the Sensodyne. I still enjoy the Sensodyne. And I'm probably going to start buying Sensodyne - especially since it's a brand that Costco carries!