Living with tooth sensitivity

What is tooth sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity is the painful sensation in your teeth that can happen after consuming hot, cold, sweet or acidic foods and drinks.

Tooth sensitivity can occur when dentine, the layer of the tooth underneath the enamel, becomes exposed. This can happen by brushing your teeth or gums too hard or by using a hard-bristled toothbrush that wears away the protective enamel covering your teeth. Enamel erosion can also occur as a result of eating acidic foods.

Gum recession and the loss of the protective surface layer of the tooth root (called the cementum) can also cause tooth sensitivity. When dentine is exposed to an external stimulus, such as heat or cold, touch, sweet or acidic foods and drinks, you may feel discomfort and sometimes a sharp pain in the tooth or teeth.

Other factors that may cause tooth pain

Experiencing pain and discomfort in your teeth may not always mean you have tooth sensitivity. There are several other conditions that can cause tooth pain including:

If you are not sure what may be causing you tooth pain, consult a dentist.

What is happening when you experience tooth sensitivity

There are microscopic tubular structures in the dentine of your tooth that radiate outward from the pulp (in the centre) of the tooth which provides the tooth with blood and nutrients, to the external surface of the dentine. These tubules connect the external world to the nerve fibres within the pulp. When dentine tubules are exposed to hot, cold, sweet or acidic foods or drinks, a change in dentinal fluid flow within the tubules is transmitted to the nerve fibres causing the brain to perceive this sensation as pain.

Talk to your dentist if you think you have tooth sensitivity. He or she can provide the correct diagnosis and recommend treatment options. It might be as simple as changing your toothpaste.

How does Pro-Argin® Technology work?

Pro-Argin Technology

Pro-Argin® Technology is designed to provide instant and lasting relief for dentine hypersensitivity.

Schematic illustration of Pro-Argin® mode of action.