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DESENSITIZING PRODUCTS

Ask us about our Sensitivity Treatment Kits

 

Table I: Patient-applied desensitizing agents
Product Manufacturer Active Agent Mechanism of Action
Dental Care® Sensitive Arm & Hammer Potassium nitrate Blocks nerve repolarization
Sensodyne® Original Block Drug Company Potassium* nitrate Blocks nerve repolarization
Sensodyne® Cool Gel Block Drug Company Potassium* nitrate Blocks nerve repolarization
Sensodyne® Fresh Mint Block Drug Company Potassium* nitrate Blocks nerve repolarization
Sensodyne® Baking Soda Block Drug Company Potassium* nitrate Blocks nerve repolarization
Sensodyne® Tartar + Whitening Block Drug Company Potassium* nitrate Blocks nerve repolarization
Sensodyne® Extra Whitening Block Drug Company Potassium* nitrate Blocks nerve repolarization
Colgate® Sensitive Colgate-Palmolive Company Potassium nitrate, stannous fluoride Blocks nerve repolarization
(Dual chamber delivery)
Mentadent® Sensitive Chesebrough-Ponds Co Potassium fluoride Blocks nerve repolarization
Crest® Sensitive Procter & Gamble Potassium nitrate Blocks nerve repolarization
Arm & Hammer Advance White for Sensitive Teeth Church & Dwight Potassium nitrate Blocks nerve repolarization
Rembrandt Whitening for Sensitive Teeth Rembrandt Potassium nitrate Blocks nerve repolarization
AquaFresh® Sensitive SmithKline Beecham Potassium nitrate Blocks nerve repolarization
* Care with sodium lauryl sulphate if you are prone to apthous ulcers.

Source: RDH, December 2000.  Sensitive Issues by Juliana J. Kim, BSHD,Ms and Iain A. Pretty, BDS, MSc,Volume 20 Issue 12.

The principal active ingredients are:

STRONTIUM CHLORIDE - blocks dental canaliculi to reduce tactile sensitivity or;
POTASSIUM NITRATE - blocks the transmission of sensitive nervous impulses and is more efficient in reducing thermal (heat or cold) and osmotic (sweet and sour) sensitivities
Probe 2001; 35(1):26

Picture courtesy of RDH Magazine.

          Ask us about our Sensitivity Treatment Kits.

          ~We have NO financial interest in these companies.

February 06, 2008

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