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Ways To Use Sensitive Toothpaste

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Author: Dr Rita Trakhtman, cosmetic dentist, East St Kilda

Causes of sensitive teeth

  1. Gum Recession: The usual cause is gum recession, which exposes the part of the tooth that is supposed to be covered by the gum. Treatment: you can try using sensitive toothpaste on the area (instructions below). If that doesn’t work then the dentist will place a thin vale of filling on the exposed area and the filling will act like a blanket for the tooth. It is instantly gets rid of the pain and you don’t have to worry about the pain anymore.
  2. Grinding: The other main cause is grinding your teeth at night, which causes your teeth to flex back and fort repetitively every night. The flexure on the teeth leads to dental pain. Treatment is the treat the cause of the pain which is the nocturnal grinding with a night time mouth guard. The mouth guard doesn’t stop you from grinding, because that’s a psychological habit. However it protects your teeth from damage and will stop the sensitivity.


Which toothpaste to use?

  • Choose: any sensitive toothpaste is fine. Examples are Colgate Sensitive Pro Relief, Sensodyne.
  • Avoid: any whitening toothpaste because they all contain abrasive particles which will worsen the sensitivity.

Two ways to use sensitive toothpaste

  1. The way to use sensitive toothpaste is to first put the toothpaste around your teeth and leave it for a good minute. Then brush your teeth with the sensitive toothpaste as usual.
  2. Use it as a cream on the sensitive areas. Smear a pea-size amount on the sensitive areas and leave it in your mouth for as long as possible. Spit out the rest and don’t rinse. Apply it as often as you feel sensitivity, as often as needed.


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How long until the toothpaste starts to work?

  • It takes about 2-4weeks for the toothpaste to kick in.


Author: Dr Rita Trakhtman, cosmetic dentist, East St Kilda



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