Tooth sensitivity is a painful reaction to hot, cold, sweet, or sour foods and drinks. This pain can be sharp, sudden and shoot deep into the nerve endings of your teeth.

Apart from a cavity or a missing filling, the most common cause of tooth sensitivity is an area of the root of your tooth that has become exposed.

Exposed root surfaces can be caused by:

  • Brushing too hard
  • Recession of the gums
  • Gum disease

Other causes of sensitive teeth:
Grinding your teeth – Grinding or clenching your teeth may wear down the enamel and expose underlying dentin.

What to do at home:

  • Maintain proper oral care habits
  • Use a soft bristled toothbrush
  • Use desensitizing toothpaste
  • Use a fluoridated mouth rinse
  • Avoid acidic foods, such as lemons

Professional Care:
Ask your dental hygienist about professional products that may be used to help reduce sensitivity.

Some of the most common professional treatments used are:

  • White fillings to cover exposed root surfaces
  • Fluoride varnishes applied to the exposed root surfaces
  • Dentin sealers applied to the exposed root surfaces