Myth vs Truth: Do Brushing & Flossing
Cause Tooth Sensitivity?
If you experience sensitivity while brushing, flossing, or after a visit to the dentist, have you ever wondered: Can these oral care habits be the cause of sensitive teeth? Or, are they merely triggers? To help set the record straight, here’s a look at the role brushing, flossing, and deep cleaning may play in tooth sensitivity, along with a few good oral care tips to help minimize the pain.
can trigger sensitivity
TIP: How to brush sensitive teeth
Using the right toothbrushing technique is important. Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush for 2 minutes, twice a day. Place your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and move back and forth in short strokes. Don’t brush too hard or too frequently—you can cause gum recession and experience sensitivity.
Aggressive flossing can
trigger sensitivity pain
TIP: How to floss sensitive teeth
The key to flossing sensitive teeth is to be gentle. Insert the floss between each tooth and curve it into a “C” shape, gently rubbing it up and down against the sides of your teeth. Remember to floss once a day to help remove plaque and keep your teeth and gums healthy, reducing the risk of sensitivity.
VISITING THE DENTIST WITH SENSITIVE TEETH
Deep cleanings at
the dentist cause
You can experience
sensitivity after a deep
TIP: How to prepare for a dentist-office deep cleaning
It’s important to visit the dentist every six months so you can keep your mouth healthy and eliminate tartar buildup. Use a desensitizing toothpaste, like Sensodyne®, for two weeks before your appointment to help prep your sensitive teeth and relieve any pain.*
*With twice daily brushing