It’s estimated one in five Irish people suffer from sensitive teeth and the number is thought to be rising.

Symptoms include discomfort after eating cold food, drinking cold liquids or even breathing cold air.

Sensitivity pain occurs when the enamel which protects teeth is worn away and the inner substance of the tooth – dentine – becomes exposed.

While over-brushing or brushing teeth with too much force is viewed as the main cause, the condition can also be caused by eating acidic food, gum disease/recession. Tooth whitening can also cause temporary sensitivity.

Anyone can suffer from the condition but it mainly affects those between the ages of 20 and 40.


  • Set aside 2 to 3 minutes twice a day to properly brush and floss all tooth surfaces
  • Consider using a desensitising toothpaste or mouthwash
  • Reduce pressure while brushing
  • Switch to an electric toothbrush. Circular or gentle sonic actions are less damaging to teeth and gums than a vigourous scrubbing action with a manual toothbrush.
  • Do not brush your teeth for one hour after consuming acidic drinks or foodstuffs
  • Consult your dentist if symptoms persist


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