I recently had the opportunity to sample Biotene toothpaste, and it could not have happened at a better time. I had never heard of this brand before, it’s specifically for those who suffer from sensitive teeth and dry mouth. While I usually do not experience either of these, I have had a bit of dry mouth lately from a cold I’ve been incubating. Said cold (and probably stress) also triggered a couple of cold sores inside my mouth. It was quite uncomfortable to brush my teeth, as the sores stung when the bristles of my toothbrush would skim along the sores. You might be familiar with a common cold sore remedy of applying baking soda or salt to a cold sore to make it heal faster. Well, it just so happens that to be that the active ingredient in Biotene is potassium nitrate, which is approved by the FDA to treat hypersensitivity.
I’ve been using the toothpaste for the last four days, and my cold sores are just about gone. The flavor was a little funny, but not necessarily unpleasant. At first, it reminded me of those sticks of bubble gum that would be included in trading card packages. As I brushed my teeth, that semi-sweet taste diminished and a baking soda-like taste took its place. In spite of the lack of minty-freshness abundant in the more popular brands, there was no aftertaste, just a clean feeling.
It was an unexpected surprise that Biotene sensitive toothpaste cured what ailed me. I’m a creature of habit and will stick to my regular minty toothpaste, but it’s good to know there’s a product out there that can successfully alleviate the pain of cold sores and sensitive teeth.