Feeling the pain of sensitive teeth? Here’s what you can do

Do you feel a jolt of pain in your teeth when you tuck into an ice-cream or sip on your favourite hot cuppa?

You might be one of many Australians who suffer from sensitive teeth1.

What causes sensitive teeth?

A common dental problem, tooth sensitivity can occur when the enamel on the outside of the tooth wears away.

When this happens, the small tubes in your dentine become exposed and may result in triggers stimulating the nerve in your tooth.

Triggers can be as simple as cold air hitting your tooth, or consuming hot or cold food and drinks.

The following may also increase your risk of experiencing dentine hypersensitivity2:

  • Gum recession
  • Over-brushing or brushing your teeth too hard with a hard-bristled toothbrush
  • Regular teeth grinding
  • Physical injury to a tooth or teeth

While sensitive teeth can affect many adults, one survey found the problem is more common in young adults, women and people who have receding gums or who practise at-home tooth whitening3.

How to relieve sensitive teeth

The first thing to do is visit your dentist regularly.

The good news however, is there are some simple daily things you can do at home to minimise the frustration and discomfort of sensitive teeth.

Remember to:

  • Brush and floss regularly and make sure you’re brushing correctly. Good oral hygiene can help maintain gum health.
  • Opt for a soft-bristled toothbrush to help minimise wear of your exposed dentine.
  • Moderate your intake of highly acidic foods if possible and if you eat and drink something acidic, rinse your mouth with water afterwards.
  • Use a toothpaste specially designed for sensitive teeth, like those in the Sensodyne toothpaste range.

Finding fast relief

Sensodyne Rapid Relief is engineered for speed and designed to beat sensitivity pain fast.

It contains Stannous fluoride and a facilitating polymer, which can quickly reduce tooth sensitivity.

Launched in the Australian market last year, it comes in two flavours – mint and extra fresh – and offers relief at just 60 seconds when you apply a pea-sized amount to a clean fingertip and rub gently into each sensitive area for one minute – maximum twice per day – before brushing.

Taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall wellbeing – look after your teeth and you’re doing your whole body a favour!

Always read the label. Follow the directions for use.

If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional.

*This post is brought to you by Sensodyne Rapid Relief.



1Google Consumer Survey: Sensitivity Incidence, March 2019, n=1079

2Dababneh RH et al. Br Dent J; 187:606-611

3J Am Dent Assoc. 2013 Mar;144(3):288-296

4Seong et al. 2017. GSK Sponsored Study.