Why are your teeth sensitive?
Scared to cool off with an ice-block because of the fear of shooting pain in your tooth? Do you avoid steaming hot soups in winter because you’re worried your teeth can’t handle the heat? Or does brushing and flossing sometimes cause discomfort?
If this sounds all too familiar, you could be suffering with tooth sensitivity.
Tooth sensitivity — also known as dentine hypersensitivity — affects the tooth via exposed root surfaces or surfaces where enamel has been lost.
This occurs when the enamel that protects the teeth wears away, or when gum recession occurs, exposing the underlying surface, the dentine, thus, reducing the protection the enamel and gums provide to the tooth and root.
What can you do about it? Remember to always see your dental professional, but something as simple and easy as switching to a sensitive toothpaste like Colgate® Sensitive Pro-Relief™ can be an effective treatment for tooth sensitivity. It can provide instant and lasting* relief when used as directed.
Also, you can read our tips for treating sensitive teeth here.
*For instant relief, apply directly to each sensitive tooth with fingertip for one minute. For lasting relief, apply to a gentle toothbrush making sure to brush all sensitive areas. Brush twice daily. Always read the label. Use only as directed. See your dentist if symptoms persist.
Signs and symptoms of tooth sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity can come and go over time. In some cases, you may suffer occasional pain, while in other cases, sensitivity can be chronic and ongoing.
If you feel any discomfort or pain while consuming hot, cold, sweet or acidic foods and drinks, breathing in cold air or touching the affected area, then you may have sensitive teeth.
There are many causes of tooth sensitivity, including:
Worn tooth enamel from using a hard toothbrush or brushing too aggressively
Tooth erosion due to highly acidic foods and beverages
Tooth erosion due to bulimia or gastro-esophageal reflux disease
Gum recession that leaves your root surface exposed
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Living with Sensitive Teeth
This page/article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment. Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional.