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How to deal with sensitive teeth?

One of the few dental problems you can fix at home is sensitive teeth – as long as you know what to do and what not to do. Taking care of your teeth in the right way is sure to reduce sensitivity. Here are some amazing tips on how to soothe sensitive teeth and which products to use.

We all have experienced our teeth being sensitive to the touch, or to cold, hot or sweet substances. Even a light touch with a toothbrush can be quite daunting. This occasionally happens after teeth whitening, professional cleaning or even toothbrushing that’s too harsh. Exposed tooth necks (with a receding gum) are especially prone to sensitivity, but the gums themselves can also become sensitive.

In dentistry, this problem is known as dentin hypersensitivity. Of course, the best solution is to consult your dentist about it – but we understand that not everyone has the time to do that. Not to mention the long waiting times which also prevent a prompt treatment.


Sensitive teeth are a pretty common problem which results from gum recession and the deterioration of tooth enamel. This process exposes the soft and sensitive inner part of the tooth – dentin. This part is located under the enamel and gums, with sensitive nerves running through. Any significant external impulse such as a cold drink can cause nerve irritation that manifests with a short yet intense bolt of pain.

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First aid for sensitive teeth

The best course of action is to prevent tooth sensitivity with a proper everyday tooth hygiene using a suitable toothbrush, interdental brush, dental floss and mouthwash. But what if you do all of the above and your teeth are still sensitive?

Don’t let this problem catch you off guard. Everyone should know how to deal with a sudden tooth sensitivity and what to have on hand. We offer a selection of specialised products that offer a quick help.

How to soothe sensitive teeth

1. Swap your toothbrush for the softest one that will also be the most gentle. The same goes for electric toothbrushes – we even stock replacement heads for sensitive teeth. For instance the bristles in the centre of the Sonicare Sensitive brush head are ultra soft and so gentle on very sensitive teeth and gums that even people with exposed and oversensitive tooth necks love using them.

2. A toothpaste for sensitive teeth or a toothpaste for sensitive tooth necks offers immediate pain relief. It also regenerates and strengthens your tooth enamel, protects your teeth from cavities and contains minerals that are essential for dental health. Shop our wide selection of products now.

3. Promote the effects of toothpaste for sensitive teeth with special gels that contain more calcium and fluorides.

4. Tone down the intensity of brushing and make sure not to bee too harsh on your sensitive teeth. If you’re one of the few people who brush their teeth more than twice a day, you can temporarily dial back the frequency.

5. While using your toothpaste for sensitive teeth, make sure to also brush your gums because they tend to accumulate bacteria.

6. While your teeth are sensitive, avoid drinks and foods that are too cold, hot or sweet. Right now is not the best time to enjoy an ice cream sundae chased by a cup of hot espresso.

If your tooth sensitivity persists despite all the recommended advice, it’s time to make an appointment with your dentist. Your problem might be caused by a cavity or other issue that can only be addressed by an expert.