After 15 years of searching for a toothpaste I can use on my sore, irradiated mouth, I finally found one that doesn't burn  It's Wella Calendula toothpaste, available from Amazon. It's pricey, at £4+ per tube, but I can now brush my teeth without using local anaesthetic for the very first time  😁 So it's worth it.

Weleda Calendula Toothpaste 75ml

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I found the main problem was the mint flavourings. My solution was a children’s toothpaste from Wilko that is strawberry flavoured.

Natural Calendula Toothpaste is a natural formula that is helpful for those who have suffered from painful gums, toothaches, and inflammation for many years. But I think you still need to consult a doctor to find out if you need this toothpaste or other whitening toothpaste.

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This was recommended as a suitable toothpaste by my dentist after she’d taken a complete dental and medical history. I’d used traditional mint toothpastes for years, in agony because of the mint, or using ever increasing amount nots of local anaesthetic to help. I’d used the children’s strawberry flavoured pastes but was concerned that they weren’t strong enough for my adult teeth.  This toothpaste has a slight aniseed flavour - not unpleasant - and, while there’s still a little ‘heat’ to it, it’s certainly nothing compared to the unbearable burn that the mint causes. 

sheilac27 posted:

I found the main problem was the mint flavourings. My solution was a children’s toothpaste from Wilko that is strawberry flavoured.

It’s definitely the mint that caused my issues. Obviously I have become increasingly concerned about halitosis because of it (mouthwashes and most chewing gum is obviously out of the question, again because of the mint). Because saliva is so important and I have a degree of xerostomia, I’m delighted that Starburst do chewing gum that either has no mint or it’s so mild that I have no I’ll effects from it. I considered buying some bubble gum yesterday, but I have some very loose teeth at the mo & it’s not worth the risk!So I can produce more saliva, protecting my mouth & teeth, without pain.  I use the strawberry children’s pastes at night (Sainsbury’s or Morrison’s own brands), simply as a cheaper alternative to the Calendula toothpaste; I use Tepe interdental brushes every day - I aim for twice a day, but definitely at night; every couple of days I use diluted Corsodyl original mouthwash (I need the local anaesthetic for this) and once or twice a week I’ll use a whitening toothpaste, again with local anaesthetic.  Still settling into a routine but so far so good. 

Hi everyone, 

I used Biotene toothpaste for the last 12 years as anything else dried my mouth out.  6 months ago I switched my dentist and haven't looked back! They told me to use an electric toothbrush and with that came Oral B toothpaste.  Well, I don't know whether it was the toothbrush or the toothpaste, but my saliva started coming back (I suspect it was the toothbrush) and the massaging it did to my gums, but I now have saliva for the first time in 11 plus years.  I am so happy, I can't tell you but it feels weird.  Hopefully this post may help someone.x

Thanks for a really brilliant insightful post. 

I too have the same toothbrush and love it.  However my dentist told me off recently for pressing on too hard and over brushing!  Apparently I’ve worn the enamel off   

Ahe recommended sensodine pro enamel toothpaste  

theyre awesome devices.  

It's great that you are all managing to find suitable products that work well for you. My dentist had recommended synsodyne but, unfortunately, the mint meant I couldn't tolerate it. I use an electric toothbrush with a soft/sensitive small, round brush head (I have quite marked trismus so can't open my mouth very wide - a small round head is perfect, and I uses the long-handled Tepe interdental brushes).  

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