Suffering from “Pangingilo”? i-GUMTECT Mo Na Yan!

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For more than two decades(I think even more), I’ve been suffering from “sensitive teeth” or “pangingilo.” Though I never experienced that sudden jolt of pain whenever I eat sweets, sour, hot or spicy meals and drinks. BUT for cold ones, the moment I take a sip or take a bite- that’s where my dilemma starts. HUHUHU! 😖 ⚡️⚡️⚡️Suffering from “Pangingilo”? i-GUMTECT Mo Na Yan!Yes, it isn’t fair. To be honest, I really envy people who can actually enjoy their cold food and drinks without any hesitations or limitations.

Why me?!!! Why oh why?! I never get to enjoy a smoothie, frappe, my favorite ice cream, basta anything cold. I can’t even chew and grind crushed ice without feeling the jolt. What I usually do is just sip little by little or bite a small portion and just let it stay first in the front part of my teeth, then I use my tongue to manipulate the direction of the liquid or food so that it won’t reach my inner teeth part(where the pangingilo usually happens). Saklap mga bes no? Again, WHY ME?! 😭

Suffering from “Pangingilo”? i-GUMTECT Mo Na Yan!

And since we are talking about food now, I recently got an invitation for a food crawl at Maginhawa street by GUMTECT. At first I was hesistant because for sure that there would be challenges that will test my teeth for sensitivity. Oh no!!!! But I still went since i love to eat haha! and I need to face my fears hahaha! Plus there might be some food spots to discover along the way. So I said Yes.

We went to 4 different food stops namely:

Gerry’s Jeepney

Their Sinigang na Salmon is really good! Promise! Sarap na babalik-balikan. Highly recommended. I’m usually not fond of fish sinigangs, but this one is 👍👍👍!

Suffering from “Pangingilo”? i-GUMTECT Mo Na Yan!

The first Gumtect challenge happened in this resto. What is the challenge? Mais Con Yelo eating contest. Like I said earlier, I have pangingilo when it comes to cold beverages and food, so I respectfully declined in this challenge and let my other teammates do it. I don’t want to be the “patalo” hahaha because I know for sure that I cannot eat that mais con yelo fast enough to win. Sayang gusto ko pa naman mais con yelo. 😂

Sori Izakaya

In this resto, I saw one of the creative servings of Maki. It tastes good too. It has shrimp, salmon, and tempura crumbs on top. That dragon art is actually wasabi. Cool right?

On the other hand, we’ve met oral healthcare advocates for Gumtect, Doug and Chesca Kramer and they shared how important it is that they take care of their teeth and gums so they don’t miss out on any foodie moments when they celebrate occasions especially this yuletide holidays with their friends and family.

Doug and Chesca advocate oral care with the use of Gumtect Gum Care toothpaste, which works to promote healthy gums, protects against harmful mouth bacteria, moisturizes and strengthens the gums.
Suffering from “Pangingilo”? i-GUMTECT Mo Na Yan!

“I want to maximize my bonding moments with my family, especially enjoying food together like ice cream and buko salad. I want to be able to indulge in my favorite holiday dishes without having to think about pangingilo,” Chesca said.

Suffering from “Pangingilo”? i-GUMTECT Mo Na Yan!

“Despite our busy schedules, we enjoy the gatherings and reunions to relax and catch up over food. I have a really sweet tooth, and I enjoy having conversations over dessert, but for me to be able to just enjoy the food, I also ensure to make these -ber months care months for my gums and teeth so there’s no hassle of gum problems,” shared Doug.

The Round Robin Cafe 

Suffering from “Pangingilo”? i-GUMTECT Mo Na Yan!

Time for dessert! I enjoyed eating the Chocolate Mouse cake. The lemon squares and keylime pie however is just so-so for me since i’m not fond of citrus-flavored desserts. Thankfully the pangingilo did not struck me.

Ka-Pe DIY Filipino Coffee Shop 

Suffering from “Pangingilo”? i-GUMTECT Mo Na Yan!

For our last stop, another ngilo challenge: Iced coffee drinking contest.  3 members of our group sipped their way to the bottom of the cup.. It’s actually the last challenge for all the groups. Again, since it’s a cold drink plus it’s coffee(not a coffee drinker and I have acid reflux!  I need to pass-Saklap no?).  Our group landed 4th place in overall.

Suffering from “Pangingilo”? i-GUMTECT Mo Na Yan!

Before heading home, I got this cold smoothie for take out and tested my teeth for pangingil0- well as expected, I experienced another ngilo moment! Haaaaay…
Suffering from “Pangingilo”? i-GUMTECT Mo Na Yan!

Until when will I endure this?! 🙁 When will this end?


So… What causes PANGINGILO?

Dental Hypersensitivity or “pangingilo” is commonly caused by wearing of the thin outer covering of the tooth (enamel)due to over-brushing, acidic food and beverages, broken tooth, worn out tooth fillings, tooth decay, and receding gums just to mention a few. All of these are great factor to an oh-so-familiar brief yet sharp sensation of tooth sensitivity.

How to prevent it?

  1. Use Soft-bristled toothbrush.
  2. Avoid highly acidic food.
  3. Avoid teeth grinding. (get a mouthguard)
  4. Brush and floss twice a day to prevent receding gums.
  5. Use desensitizing toothpaste and mouthwash.

Speaking of desensitizing toothpaste and mouthwash, I will definitely try these products(see photos above). I’ve tried the other brand(starts with “s”), unfortunately, it does not work on me 😔.

Gumtect Gumcare is the only gum care toothpaste with GUMSHIELD+ contains Allantoin, which improves the condition of the gums, Vitamin E, which moisturizes gums and Triclean, which reduces the formation of plaque and shields against harmful mouth bacteria. Gumtect Sensitive on the other hand has a Dynamic Desensitizing System that helps relieve sensitive teeth. Both Gumtect Sensitive and Gumtect Gumcare also have Active Anti-Cavity Protection that ensures fresh breath and strong teeth enamel.

“Oral care is essential to our health. Rather than dealing with complications and difficulties of gum diseases, it is better to prevent them from happening,”  shared Dr. JV Jaurigue, External Vice President of the Philippine Society of Periodontology.

Since I have Gumcare products at home, I would like to give it a try. I hope it can help me stop or at least lessen the sensitivity. Crossing my fingers!


How about you? Are you also suffering from pangingilo? or Gum problems? You may turn that frustration into that feeling of wow and actually enjoy any food. May it be hot, cold, sweet, spicy, sour…ANYTHING! i-GUMTECT mo na yan!


Written by Cristelle Torres
Online Content Creator