MYTH: Avoiding foods and drinks that trigger sensitivity is the best way to stop the pain
Many people manage their sensitivity by avoiding certain foods and drinks.
The good news is that treating your sensitive teeth can be as easy as changing your toothpaste to Sensodyne!
Brushing twice daily with Sensodyne builds a lasting barrier of protection that blocks the pain at the source and keeps it from coming back. Brushing daily with Sensodyne is all it takes to rediscover the foods and drinks that you’ve been avoiding.
"I couldn't eat ice creams or ice blocks." Louise, Epping, NSW
MYTH: Brushing teeth vigorously with a hard brush is the best way to keep teeth healthy.
Sensitive teeth are often 'healthy teeth' and are commonly experienced even by people trying to take the best possible care of their teeth.
Sensitivity occurs when the dentine is exposed, which usually happens as a result of gum recession or loss of tooth enamel.
Vigorous brushing can often lead to gum recession and may also wear away enamel, exposing the dentine below. Exposed dentine can lead to sensitive teeth if left untreated.
There are several practical steps you can take to help manage your sensitive teeth:
- Brush your teeth twice daily with a toothpaste specially formulated for sensitive teeth, such as Sensodyne
- Use a soft toothbrush
- Avoid brushing aggressively
- Brush your teeth gently in a circular motion
MYTH: Sensitive toothpastes should be used in conjunction with your regular toothpaste.
It's a common misconception that sensitive toothpaste may not provide the benefits of regular toothpaste.
Sensodyne toothpastes* are specifically formulated to relieve the pain of sensitive teeth while also providing all the benefits of a regular toothpaste – including fluoride strengthening* and cavity protection*, fresh breath and great taste. Sensodyne is also available in whitening formula.