What is Tooth sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity, in a lay man’s term is the pain that we experience in our teeth and gums while eating/drinking hot or cold foods/drinks. According to Dentists, it occurs in a person when the enamel that protects our teeth gets thinner, exposing the underlying surface, the dentin, thus, reducing the protection the enamel and gums provide to the tooth and root.


The Signs & Symptoms of Tooth sensitivity are as follows:

If eating/drinking hot, cold, sweet or very acidic foods and drinks, makes your teeth or a tooth sensitive or painful, then you may have sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity is the kind of a tooth problem that may come and go.


The causes of tooth sensitivity include:

  • Worn tooth enamel that comes from using a hard toothbrush and using a hard grip while brushing aggressively.
  • Tooth erosion that occur due to highly acidic foods and beverages.
  • Tooth decay, that occurs due to the worn leaky fillings and broken teeth that expose the dentin of your tooth.
  • Gum recession that often leaves your root surface exposed



In order for a successfully diagnosis of your sensitive teeth, the key to preventing gums from receding and causing sensitive tooth pain is, proper oral hygiene. Incorrectly brushing your teeth or over brushing may make your gums sensitive, therefore one must properly brush their teeth with a good soft bristled toothbrush. In case if you have any questions about your daily oral hygiene routine, you can ask your Dentist.


Here are some of the best ways to prevent Tooth sensitivity:


  • Daily brushing – In order to prevent Sensitivity, brushing properly twice a day for at least three minutes with toothpaste can help in reducing the chances of tooth sensitivity.
  • Follow a diet low in acid – A diet that is low in acidic foods and drinks will also help you in preventing tooth sensitivity.   
  • Flossing – Flossing once a day can help get rid of plaque on the gum line and between the teeth and it can help in reducing instances of tooth sensitivity.




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