5 Ways To Reduce the Pain of Sensitive Teeth

Are your teeth sensitive to cold or hot drinks, ice cream or even sugary sweets? Do you have a throbbing or stinging pain or sensitivity when your teeth are exposed to these substances? Does even breathing in cold air cause you discomfort?


If yes, you may have tooth sensitivity, also called dentin hypersensitivity. This irritating condition is caused by worn tooth enamel. Sensitivity may also be a result of tooth erosion from GERD or highly acidic foods and beverages, or even gum recession that leaves too much of your tooth exposed.


Sometimes dental problems like fractured teeth and cavities can cause sensitivity. Teeth whitening can also cause sensitivity, but this is usually temporary.


There are steps you can take to reduce the discomfort of sensitive teeth – here are our top 5 tips:


  • Try a toothpaste designed to help those with sensitive teeth. These contain potassium nitrate to block dentin sensors. Stick with it over time for maximum effectiveness.
  • Change your brushing style to a more gentle motion, moving back and forth across the biting surfaces of the teeth.
  • Limit food and drink that can damage enamel including red wine, carbonated beverages, fruit juices and acidic foods like pickles and citrus fruit. Try to brush your teeth 20 minutes afterwards.
  • Try drinking beverages like soda through a straw to reduce tooth exposure.


Most importantly, let us know if you suffer from extreme tooth sensitivity. We have several in-office solutions that can work to reduce your pain and discomfort. X-rays may pinpoint a problem that can be addressed with our advanced dental technology.


Let Us Know If You Have Questions on Any Aspect of Oral Health Care


Dr. Lorraine Burio of Candlewood Dental Care has been treating and educating patients for over twenty-five years. Our office serves the New Fairfield, New Milford, Danbury, and Sherman areas of CT and Pawling, Patterson and Putnam Lake of New York. You can call us at 203-746-1200.