A woman is touching her cheek because of sensitive teeth

Symptoms of Sensitivity

Symptoms of Sensitivity

Common Triggers for
Sensitive Teeth

A range of things can trigger a twinge or tooth pain for people with sensitive teeth. Some of the most common triggers for tooth sensitivity are:

  • Eating cold food or having cold drinks
  • Eating hot food or having hot drinks
  • Eating sugary or sour foods
  • Breathing in cold air
  • Brushing teeth
Common Triggers of Sensitive Teeth

Other Reasons for tooth pain including Tooth Decay

Here are other common problems which can cause tooth pain:

Tooth Decay

Pain caused by tooth decay (dental caries) can feel similar to tooth sensitivity. Tooth decay happens when the sugars in foods and drinks react with the bacteria in the plaque on our teeth to form acids. These acids can gradually soften and dissolve your enamel and dentin. Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste will help strengthen your teeth.

The problem with tooth decay is that you might not feel any pain from it until it’s quite advanced. It can be treated in the early stages. Even if you don’t feel any pain, it’s important to go for regular dental check ups so your dentist can spot early signs of tooth decay and work with you to treat it.

Teeth Whitening 

Many people experience tooth sensitivity during and after teeth whitening treatments. By teeth whitening, we mean professional treatments applied under the supervision of a dentist that use bleaching ingredients.

The sensitivity that can be experienced during and after a bleaching treatment is different from dentin hypersensitivity. The bleaching component in the product is believed to pass through the enamel and dentin and enter the pulp at the centre of the tooth, where it can cause inflammation and temporary sensitivity.

After Treatment

It's not uncommon for your teeth to feel sensitive for a while after a dental treatment. However, if this persists contact your dentist for advice.

Other common causes of tooth pain include dental abscesses and cracked teeth. It's important to visit your dentist regularly to check the health of your teeth and gums. Contact your dentist for advice if you feel any pain or discomfort, especially if it persists.


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