Learn How to Manage and Treat Sensitive Teeth
If your teeth are
sensitive, there are several simple but important steps you can
take today to treat sensitive teeth.
- Practice good oral
hygiene, including proper brushing and flossing, to
prevent conditions such as periodontal disease, which can cause
- Use a sensitivity
toothpaste like Sensodyne -
recommended to help relieve sensitive teeth.
- Don't brush too hard or
more frequently than your dentist recommends.
- Use a softer toothbrush,
preferably one suitable for people with sensitive teeth.
- Take care while consuming acidic
foods that can wear away tooth enamel, such as fruit
juices, wine, vinegar salad dressings and soft drinks.
- Use fluoridated dental
products, including toothpaste and mouthrinse,
to help strengthen enamel.
- Avoid grinding your teeth
or clenching during the day. Ask your dentist about a mouth guard
for nighttime use.
- See your dentist
regularly for professional tooth cleaning, dental care
recommendations and advice on treating your sensitive teeth.
How Sensodyne Works
Sensodyne toothpastes work in one of three
ways to relieve the pain of sensitive teeth. This depends on the
product's active ingredient, which is either Potassium Nitrate or,
Rapid Action, Strontium Acetate, or for Sensodyne Repair &
Protect, patented NovaMin® technology.
The potassium ion in Sensodyne formulas
surrounds the nerve and crosses the membrane, which depolarizes the
nerve and protects it from firing. This means nerve transmission of
nerve impulses from the brain is prevented and the resulting pain
Clinical studies show potassium nitrate progressively reduces
the pain of sensitivity over a period of weeks. As long as
Sensodyne is used twice daily in brushing, the nerve response will
gradually be blocked and pain is relieved.
Sensodyne Rapid Action contains strontium
acetate, which is an element similar to calcium.
The strontium in Sensodyne Rapid Action replaces some of the
calcium lost from the dentine and blocks the exposed tubules within
the dentinal tissue. This prevents the flow of the fluid within the
tubules that would otherwise cause tooth pain.
Sensodyne Repair & Protect contains
advanced, patented NovaMin® technology, which is scientifically
proven to repair sensitive teeth by forming a tooth-like layer over
exposed dentine to help continually repair* and protect sensitive
areas. It actually seeks out and repairs vulnerable areas that
cause the occasional twinges of sensitivity.
Find the Sensodyne formula that's right for
A Sign of Something More Serious?
Please check with your dentist to ensure that any discomfort
that you are experiencing is due to tooth sensitivity.
*Repair provides clinically proven
relief with twice daily brushing.