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.


Brushing causes
sensitive teeth

Aggressive brushing
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.



Flossing causes
sensitive teeth

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.


Deep cleanings at
the dentist cause
sensitive teeth

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

Take the Sensodyne® Online Check Up

Do hot, cold, and sugary foods sometimes cause sudden, sharp pains? You may have tooth sensitivity. Take the Sensodyne® Online Check Up to find out about sensitive teeth and the products that can help you. 

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