Tooth Sensitivity (Dentin Hypersensitivity) – The Facts

Tooth sensitivity is the most common complaint dentists hear, apparently one in five adults in the UK suffer from tooth sensitivity.

Tooth sensitivity is a short sharp pain felt when the tooth is exposed to hot/cold and sweet/sour food or drink.

In extreme cases just exposure to cold air can cause pain for people with sensitive teeth.

The sensitivity occurs because the enamel of the tooth has been worn down and the dentin is left exposed.

There are many causes of tooth sensitivity, the most common are:

  1. Bruxism – teeth grinding
  2. Loose or missing fillings/crowns
  3. Cracked Tooth
  4. Gum Disease/gingivitis
  5. Gum Recession
  6. Plaque
  7. Vigorous abrasive brushing
  8. Teeth Whitening
  9. Acidic Foods

Preventing and treating tooth sensitivity is easy with the many products available:

  1. Use a desensitising toothpaste
  2. Use a fluoride mouthwash
  3. A re-mineralising gel will rehydrate your teeth, specifically designed for sensitivity caused by bleaching your teeth
  4. Avoid frequent intakes of acidic foods
  5. Wear a night guard if your sensitivity is caused by grinding your teeth
  6. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles
  7. Brush your teeth gently, an electric toothbrush will help, particularly one with a pressure sensor

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by cosmetic dental treatments. Find out more.