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Sensodyne Pronamel Intensive Enamel Repair Toothpaste: Dentist Review

The Sensodyne Pronamel intensive enamel repair is the best pronamel toothpaste out of Sensodyne's entire product line. Yes, it's better than all of their other toothpastes and to be frank, they could get rid of all the other toothpastes and just keep this one.


sensodyne pronamel intensive enamel repair toothpaste

Although that's not how the toothpaste industry works due to other reasons. Nonetheless, below is a concise overview of things to know about this toothpaste.


Things to know:

  • Description: Sensitive toothpaste that intensively repairs acid weakened enamel.

  • Packaging: Squeezable plastic tube; Twist cap

  • Size: 3.4oz (96.4g)

  • Fluoride: Sodium fluoride 0.25%

  • Desensitizer: Potassium nitrate 5%

  • Unique features: Fluoride optimized; Desensitizing

  • What it's like: Mild mint flavor; Soft textured white opaque paste; Low foaming

  • Does it work: Yes, potency derived from combination of bioadhesive and lack of SLS.

  • Verdict: If I were to buy one sensodyne toothpaste, this would be it.


Technical Specifications

The intensive enamel repair is a fluoride based sensitive toothpaste that comes in a 3.4oz squeezable plastic tube with a twist off cap.


Below is a list of the active and inactive toothpaste ingredients.

Active Ingredients

  • Potassium Nitrate 5% - nerve depolarizing desensitizer

  • Sodium Fluoride (0.25%) - anti-cavity

Inactive Ingredients


intensive enamel repair box label

 

What makes it different from other toothpastes

What sets the intensive enamel repair apart from other toothpastes is that it is highly optimized for fluoride and it can reduce teeth sensitivity.


Fluoride optimized: it doesn't contain more fluoride than other toothpastes but its unique formulation allows our enamel to take in the fluoride more readily.

  • Contains 0.25% sodium fluoride.

  • PVM/MA copolymer is a bioadhesive that makes the fluoride stick to the enamel.

  • Sodium lactate which has been shown to increase enamel uptake of fluoride.

  • SLS-free which minimizes interference of fluoride uptake.


Sensitivity reduction: uses a well known tooth desensitizing agent known as potassium nitrate which can numb the nerve when used long term.


These two unique features are what makes it different from other pronamel toothpastes. The rest of it are pretty typical for a toothpaste.


 

What it's like brushing with it

I felt very safe while I was brushing with the Sensodyne Pronamel intensive enamel repair toothpaste because the paste was soft and non-abrasive. My mouth felt clean afterwards but aside from that, there weren't any other standout features while using it.


Attribute

Description

Color

Opaque White

Smell

Mint

Taste

Mild mint

Texture

Soft & non-abrasive

Foaminess

Mild foaming

Cleanliness

Clean

Sensitivity

No sensitivity/discomfort


This is a SLS-free toothpaste so the amount of foam will be much less than usual. Below is a photo showing how much foaming I had after 2 minutes of brushing without spitting out.


Sensodyne Pronamel intensive enamel repair toothpaste - foaming in mouth after brushing
Amount of foaming in mouth after 2 mins brushing

 

Does it actually work?!

Yes, the sensodyne pronamel intensive enamel repair toothpaste can intensively repair the enamel while desensitizing them.


How it repairs weakened enamel: By using a novel combination of sodium lactate and PVM/MA copolymer, it can enhance the enamel repairing effect of fluoride.

  • PVM/MA copolymer enhanced fluoride's acid resistance and increased its adherence to the enamel surface.

  • Sodium lactate enhanced the enamel fluoride uptake.

  • Sodium fluoride is well known for repairing and strengthening demineralized enamel from acidic attacks.



How it desensitizes: it contains potassium nitrate, a nerve depolarization agent. It basically numbs the tooth nerve so it doesn't react to any stimuli.

  1. Brushing with it will supply an overabundance of potassium ions to the nerve.

  2. Excessive K+ will reverse the extracellular concentration gradient.

  3. Reversal of the gradient prevents action potential propagation.


Tooth Nerve Depolarization Schema
Credit: Crest - Nerve Depolarization Schema

Overall, this is the most effective anti-cavity toothpaste out of the entire product line from Sensodyne.


 

Verdict

In my opinion, the intensive enamel repair is the best sensodyne toothpaste and it is better than their other products by a wide margin. From a practicality perspective, I'm not sure why they even produce the other products at all.


But yes, I do think this toothpaste is worth it and I do highly recommend it. However, don't forget that even with twice daily brushing, you should still go for your biannual dental checkup with one of our dentists in Long Island City.

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About the author: Dr David Chen, DDS

Hello, I'm Dr Chen and I'm an actively practicing dentist in Long Island City, NY. I graduated from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in 2016 but prior to going to dental school I was already working in the dental field. It's been more than a decade since I first got to know dentistry and let me tell you, time flies by quickly. Since then I've developed a fondness for writing, which is how this all got started!

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Medical Disclaimer:

This blog is purely meant for information purposes and should not be used as medical advice. Each situation in your mouth is unique and complex. It is not possible to give advice nor diagnose any oral conditions based on text nor virtual consultations. The best thing to do is to go in person to see your dentist for an examination and consultation so that you can receive the best care possible.

The purpose of all of this oral health information is to encourage you to see your dentist and to inform you of what you may expect during your visit. Due to the unfortunate nature of dentistry, there isn't really any true home remedies that will get rid of dental problems. Roughly 99.99% of them require in-person intervention by a healthcare professional.

Hint: That is the reason why you can't eliminate seeing dentists in your life!

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