People with sensitive teeth search for toothpaste that will reduce the discomfort from heat, cold and acid foods. A new study of 80 patients compared a toothpaste containing a cacao extract (Theodent Classic with Rennou) to Sensodyne NuPro and standard Colgate toothpaste. (The study was paid for byTheodent.)

In this double-blind trial, volunteers brushed twice daily with the assigned toothpaste. After one week, exposed dentin had been remineralized more completely with the cacao containing toothpaste. Who would guess that same plant that gives us chocolate bars could also give us a product that would benefit teeth?

[American Dental Association conference, New Orleans]

The usual recommendation for sensitive teeth is toothpaste with potassium nitrate, although apparently potassium citrate can work as well.

Join Over 56,000 Subscribers at The People's Pharmacy

Each week we send two free email newsletters with breaking health news, prescription drug information, home remedies and a preview of our award-winning radio show. Join our mailing list and get the information you need to make confident choices about your health.

What Do You Think?

Share your thoughts with others, but be mindful of protecting your own and others' privacy. Not all comments will be posted. Advice from web visitors is not a substitute for medical attention. Do not stop any medicine without checking with the prescriber. In posting a comment, you agree to our commenting policy and website terms and conditions.