Dentist Questions Teeth Sensitivity

Can tooth sensitivity be cured by changing toothpaste?

I am having a lot of sensitivity in the back of my mouth on the left side. Will changing to a new toothpaste help this?

13 Answers

When you have pain anywhere in your mouth you need to see your dentist. If your have been doing daily flossing and brushing correctly and visiting your dentist, there are some good tooth pastes for sensitive teeth. See your dentist first.
Yes, possibly. If the sensitivity is not pathologic. There are many over the counter toothpaste made exclusively for tooth sensitivity. Try Sensodyne. If the sensitivity persists it may be something more serious and you'll have to see a dentist.
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A sensitivity-focused toothpaste such as Sensodyne can help to resolve tooth sensitivity. Also, look to find the source of sensitivity, which is usually related to exposed root surfaces or tooth cracks combined with consuming citric foods and beverages.
If there are no cavities, then yes it may help.
It is possible but dentists now have very good topical desensitizes which can seal your teeth and help with sensitivity. Sometimes even a small bonding can be placed over the sensitive area. Consult your dentist.
Toothpaste tends to help when the sensitivity is generalized throughout the mouth. The fact that the sensitivity is localized to a certain area leads me to believe that there is a cavity or a wisdom tooth coming in in that area leading to this sensitivity. Evaluation is recommended.
Try sensodyne. It's also possible that something is going on with one of your tooth. Take a trip to the dentist and they will get X-rays to determine if there is further treatment needed ( a filling, root canal, ect...).
Depends on the causation of the sensitivity. If it's tooth decay, it's an upper tooth and you have sinus trouble OR you have had dental work done recently and the procedure/restoration requires adjusting, no.

If it's gum recession, possibly. Sensodyne toothpaste helps, but takes a reasonable amount of time to work (about a month.) Brush for 3-4 minutes, spit, but DON'T RINSE! Letting it coat the teeth (over time) helps it to work.
Tooth sensitivity can be nature's way of telling you that something is wrong in how your teeth interact. Your teeth are designed to function in a very specific manner, and if the brain detects any interferences to this ideal pattern, it instructs the muscles to chew away the interferences using enormous forces while we are asleep. This is nature's way of adapting to changes in the mouth. Tooth sensitivity is a common symptom of the is nocturnal grinding, and if let go untreated can lead to fractured teeth and/or loss of supporting bone. You should have your "occlusion" examined.
I do not think so.
The component formulary for toothpaste composition is basically pumice and the flavoring. It is not likely that this has much to do with sensitivity, but it is more likely that the stiffness of your brush does and the manner in which you use it possibly, bear in mind the proper technique for brushing is a rolling motion not a back-and-forth scrubbing motion with a hard brush. This is the most usual way that scratches are put in the enamel with too stiff of a brush and improper technique which leads to Chronic sensitivity and gingival recession. Brushing harder or longer is not the issue its proper technique with a soft-bristled brush then don't forget your dental floss usage
Yes. Maybe you can try Sensodyne Rapid Relief for two or three weeks. If it doesn't work, see your dentist.

Absolutely. Depending on the level of sensitivity, you can use over-the-counter toothpastes for sensitivity or your dentist may recommend a prescription toothpaste for higher level of sensitivity which also reduces caries index.

Ramesh Kianfarr-Taheri, DMD