Do you suffer from Tooth Sensitivity?

What is Tooth Sensitivity?

Dr Mark Hanson explains how tooth sensitivity is a common problem that involves discomfort or pain in the teeth when encountering certain substances and temperatures. This pain can be sharp and sudden but is usually temporary. 

Causes of Sensitive Teeth

Tooth sensitivity occurs when the protective enamel on your teeth becomes worn down or if your gums have receded, exposing the underlying dentin. Dentin contains microscopic tubules that connect to the nerve endings. When exposed to hot, cold, sweet, or acidic substances, these tubules can transmit the sensation to the nerves, causing pain.

Common causes include:
• Brushing too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush.
• Gum recession.
• Tooth decay.
• Worn fillings or crowns.
• Tooth grinding.
• Plaque build-up.
• Recent dental procedures.

Symptoms of Tooth Sensitivity

Sharp, temporary pain when teeth are exposed to cold, hot, sweet, or acidic things. Or when brushing or flossing.


To diagnose tooth sensitivity, our team at Enhance Dental will:
• Ask about your symptoms and possible triggers.
• Examine your teeth and gums.
• Check for potential causes such as cavities, loose fillings, or gum disease.


Treatment for tooth sensitivity depends on the cause. Common treatments include:

• Desensitising toothpaste. Special toothpaste can help block the transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve.

• Fluoride Gel. Our team can apply a prescription level fluoride gel which can help strengthen the tooth and reduce pan.

• Dental procedures. If your sensitivity is severe or due to decay, your dentist may recommend treatments such as a filling, crown, composite bonding, or a gum graft.

• Root Canal. If sensitivity is severe and other treatments are not effective, a root canal may be necessary to remove the root causing pain.


To prevent sensitivity, follow these tips:

• Practice good oral hygiene. Our Dental Therapist, Leanne, recommends brushing twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Also, make sure to clean in between the teeth using floss or an interdental brush.

• Avoid acidic foods and drinks. Limit consumption of citrus fruits, wine, and soda.

• Use a mouthguard. Our dentist, Dr Tom, recommends that if you grind your teeth then use of a mouthguard is considered gold standard.

• Visit your dentist regularly. Regular check-ups can help detect and treat problems early.


Enhance Dental has been treating tooth sensitivity in Garforth for many years. If you would like to find out more about how we can help your tooth sensitivity, then please book an appointment with one of our team HERE