Thursday, April 08, 2010

Sensodyne® and gluten - Pronamel™ gluten free? Do I trust it?

The boys went to the dentist the other day and were given sample tubes of Sensodyne Pronamel for children. I read the ingredients but most were foreign to me so I thought I better contact them to double check the Little Man's allergies. Below is there response.

Dear Ms. Z,


We have received your email regarding Sensodyne® toothpaste.

Sensodyne® Pronamel™ is gluten-free. Although we do not add gluten to any of our other variants of Sensodyne®, our raw materials suppliers could not guarantee that they are gluten-free. Therefore, other variants of Sensodyne® may contain trace amounts of gluten.

The complete list of ingredients can be found on the back label on the box of the product; the active ingredients are indicated on the tube. The ingredients for each variant are as follows:

Sensodyne® Pronamel™: Potassium Nitrate 5%, Sodium fluoride 0.15% w/v fluoride ion, Cocamidopropyl betaine, Flavor, Glycerin, Hydrated silica, PEG-8, Sodium hydroxide, Sodium saccharin, Sorbitol, Titanium dioxide, Water, Xanthan gum

Sensodyne® Full Protection™: Potassium Nitrate,Sodium Fluoride, Cellulose gum, Flavor, Glycerin, Polyethylene glycol, Silica, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate,Sodium Saccharin,Tetrapotassium pyrophosphate, Titanium Dioxide, Water

Sensodyne® Baking Soda: Potassium Nitrate, Sodium Fluoride, Flavor, Glycerin, Hydrated Silica, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Silica, Sodium Bicarbonate,Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Saccharin, Titanium Dioxide, Water

Sensodyne® Cool Gel: Potassium Nitrate,Sodium Fluoride, FD&C blue #1 lake dye, Flavor, Glycerin, Hydrated silica, Sodium benzoate, Sodium hydroxide, Sodium lauryl sulfate, Sodium saccharin, Sorbitol, Water, Xanthan gum

Sensodyne® Extra Whitening: Potassium Nitrate, Sodium Fluoride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Flavor, Gycerin, Hydrated Silica, Water, PEG-8, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Saccharin, Pentasodium Triphosphate, Sorbitol, Titanium Dioxide, Xanthan Gum

Sensodyne® Fresh Impact™: Potassium Nitrate, Sodium Fluoride, D&C yellow #10 lake, FD&C blue #1 lake, Flavor, Glycerin, Hydrated silica, Sodium benzoate, Sodium hydroxide, Sodium lauryl sulfate, Sodium saccharin, Sorbitol, Titanium dioxide, Water, Xanthan gum

Sensodyne® Fresh Mint: ! Potassiu m Nitrate, Sodium Fluoride, Silica, Trisodium Phosphate, D&C Yellow #10, FD&C Blue #1, Flavor, Glycerin, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Saccharin, Sorbitol, Titanium Dioxide, Water, Xanthan Gum

Sensodyne® Original: Potassium Nitrate, Sodium Fluoride, Cellulose Gum, D&C Red No. 28, Glycerin, Hydrated Silica, Peppermint Oil, Silica, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Saccharin, Sorbitol, Titanium Dioxide, Trisodium Phosphate, Water

Sensodyne® Tartar Control plus Whitening: Potassium Nitrate, Sodium Fluoride, Cellulose Gum, Flavor, Glycerin, Polyethylene Glycol (PEG), Silica, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Saccharin, Tetrapotassium Pyrophosphate, Titanium Dioxide, Water

We appreciate you taking the time to contact us.


Sincerely,

R...
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare

5 comments:

姚慧玲 said...

好的部落格,希望您能繼續堅持!!! ........................................

Anonymous said...

Sensodyne is bad for your teeth anyway.
Yes, it does make your teeth less sensitive...but that's bad.

Your teeth should be sensitive. The nerve will tell you if you are eating something that is too hot or cold, and it will also keep you from biting too hard, and stop you from excessive teeth grinding.

Anonymous said...

The way Sensodyne works is that it potassium nitrate it contains clogs up tubules that lead from the root surface of the tooth to the internal nerve. The root surface is SUPPOSED to be protected from external environment (and therefore cold/heat) by gum tissue which NORMALLY covers the root surface. When the root surface is exposed, the potassium nitrate resolves the resulting discomfort. The tooth will still tell you if something you are biting into is super-hot or -cold, but then again, so will your tongue and lips, usually first.

And no, the nerve will not prevent excessive tooth grinding. People sometimes grind their teeth to the point where the dentin (normally covered by enamel) is exposed, and Sensodyne has nothing to do with it.

The grinding is caused by stress, for example, that induced by people spouting off about things they know nothing about.

Anonymous said...

So true, so very true.

Anonymous said...

I've been using Sensodyne with tartar control for years... no issues. I recently purchased the Pronamel and started using it last week. In the last few days, my gums got super sensitive and red, very irritated. And today my tongue is now irritated. I think I need to toss the Pronamel as something in it is causing a reaction.