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Understanding Tooth Sensitivity: What are the Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention


Are you one of those people who cringe at the thought of taking a sip of ice-cold water or a bite of a hot pizza?

Do you experience tooth pain or discomfort while brushing or flossing?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have sensitive teeth!

Tooth sensitivity is a common dental problem that affects millions of people worldwide. In this blog post, we will explore the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment…

…and prevention of tooth sensitivity!

Our goal is to help you better understand this condition and take steps to get eating, drinking, and caring for your teeth comfortably again!

What is Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity feels like sudden and sharp pain or discomfort in the teeth when exposed to hot or cold temperatures, sweet or acidic foods, drinks . . . or even air!

Tooth sensitivity occurs when the dentin, the underlying layer of the tooth, becomes exposed and the sensation travels through the tubules in the tooth right to the nerve.


Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

There are several factors that can cause tooth sensitivity, including:

Gum recession

Gum recession, which is the pulling away of the gum tissue, can expose the root surface of the tooth and make it more sensitive.

Tooth decay

Tooth decay or cavities can cause tooth sensitivity, especially if they are deep and reach the inner layer of the tooth.

Tooth grinding

Tooth grinding, also known as bruxism, can wear down the tooth’s enamel and expose the dentin layer.

Acidic foods and drinks

Consuming foods and drinks that are high in acid content, such as citrus fruits, soda, and sports drinks, can erode the enamel and cause sensitivity.

tooth sensitivity from sweets

Symptoms of Tooth Sensitivity

The symptoms of tooth sensitivity can vary from person to person but typically include:

  • Sharp pain or discomfort while eating or drinking
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Pain while brushing or flossing
  • Pain that goes away quickly or persists for a long time

If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible.

Diagnosing Tooth Sensitivity

To diagnose tooth sensitivity, your dentist will perform a dental exam and take your medical history. They may also take X-rays or other diagnostic tests to identify the underlying cause of your sensitivity.

dental xray to diagnose tooth sensitivity

Treatment Options for Tooth Sensitivity

The treatment for tooth sensitivity depends on the underlying cause…

Some common treatment options include desensitizing tooth care products, dental fillings or sealants, and gum graft surgery. 

While many people turn to desensitizing toothpaste and fluoride as a first step…

…there are other, more effective natural alternatives such as the Sensitive Remineralizing Tooth Powder.

Sensitive Remineralizing Tooth Powder is an all-natural tooth powder that is designed to reduce sensitivity while remineralizing the teeth. It contains hydroxyapatite, which is clinically proven to strengthen teeth, and Arginine bicarbonate, which is clinically proven to reduce tooth sensitivity. 

By combining the powerful effects of hydroxyapatite, Arginine Bicarbonate, Calcium Carbonate, and healing essential oils, this tooth powder helps to rebuild the enamel in a tooth while reducing sensitivity to hot and cold sensations.

With daily use, it may stop and prevent tooth decay, eliminate tooth sensitivity, naturally whiten teeth…

…and strengthen gums,  with only healthy, natural ingredients you feel good about!

Prevention of Tooth Sensitivity

The best way to prevent tooth sensitivity is to practice good oral hygiene habits, limit consumption of acidic foods and drinks, talk to a dentist about root cause for clenching and grinding, and schedule regular dental checkups.


Tooth sensitivity can be a painful and uncomfortable dental condition that can significantly impact your quality of life. However, with the right knowledge, prevention, and treatment, you can manage this condition effectively and protect your oral health.