I used GlaxoSmithKline Sensodyne 'Repair & Protect' toothpaste for about a year, then a few days ago I woke up with: - burning, swollen lips with lots of tiny white dots that I could see just under the surface, - sensitive and sore mouth, - sore throat - difficult to swallow, - sore and sensitive gums, - several painful ulcers in my cheeks and on the inside of my lips, - strange metallic death-like taste in my mouth, - two lines of painful little ulcers running along the underside of each side of my numb and swollen tongue. I immediately thought: UH OH, MOUTH CANCER!!!
I didn't make a connection between my symptoms and the Sensodyne toothpaste I was using so I carried on using it, while doing my best not to think about mouth cancer, and hoping that my symptoms would just clear up naturally as often these things seem to do. Then, the last time I used Sensodyne toothpaste, my lips started burning like ***! A light went on my head and I went online and discovered there appear to be a considerable number of other people out there who are having all sorts of health problems that they attribute to Sensodyne toothpaste, which by all accounts are not limited to their mouths. I immediately rinsed my mouth out with water and have since switched back to my old toothpaste - Colgate Total which I luckily still had a tube of.
Four days later my symptoms appear to be subsiding, albeit very slowly. The ulcers running along the underside of my tongue are still very uncomfortable though, and I still have some pain in my lower-left gum. I just checked the tube I was using to see who makes the stuff so I could name-check them here and it looks like I actually using a rogue tube of Sensodyne ‘Multi Protection’ instead of ‘Repair & Protect’ - the branding looks pretty similar so I must have made a purchasing error in the store... which must explain why my symptoms only surfaced in the last few days having used Sensodyne ‘Repair & Protect’ without any problems for the last year or so.
I assume the recipe for Sensodyne ‘Multi Protection’ toothpaste must be different to Sensodyne ‘Repair & Protect’ toothpaste and it might be OK for me to go back to Sensodyne ‘Repair & Protect’, but I’m now way too scared to use either of the two tubes of Sensodyne ‘Repair & Protect’ toothpaste that are stockpiled in my bathroom cabinet in case my experience is very far from OK again, so I think I’ll stick with Colgate Total toothpaste for the foreseeable future. In summary, I think someone needs to have words with GlaxoSmithKline about their Sensodyne toothpaste, which - based on the evidence, and putting it mildly - does not appear to agree with the physiology of a fairly large number of people, myself included.
Product or Service Mentioned: Sensodyne Repair And Protect Toothpaste.
Reason of review: Bad quality.