The Speed of Sensation

A delicious bite of ice cream can suddenly turn into a stinging pain if you suffer from tooth sensitivity. That’s because the human body is engineered to feel pain fast. In fact, the entire process from nerve stimulation to actual sensation takes just milliseconds.

To understand how we experience sensation, check out how the brain registers pain by the numbers.

The Speed of Pain

six milliseconds

PAIN

That’s all it takes for your brain to register the twinge of pain you may feel from a bite of ice cream.

six milliseconds

MILLISECONDS

PAIN

That’s all it takes for your brain to register the twinge of pain you may feel from a bite of ice cream.

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About 14x faster than a standard camera shutter speed.

 

 

Almost 150x faster than a single flap of a hummingbird’s wings.

 

 

Up to 350x faster than the blink of an eye.

Sharp Pain vs Dull Pain

Interestingly, not all pain sensations travel at the same speed.

sixty seven miles per hour

SHARP

Sharper pains travel much faster due to the specialized nerves that are responsible for transmitting them to the brain.

four point five miles per hour

DULL

Dull pains are transmitted at a slower rate due to the different sets of nerves that are involved.

Rapid Relief

Knowing how fast these sensations are felt—particularly pain—it’s important to find tooth sensitivity relief that works quickly. That’s why Sensodyne® Rapid Relief is engineered for speed, helping you beat sensitivity pain fast. It uses a unique formulation with stannous fluoride to quickly create a protective barrier over the sensitive areas of your teeth. Now you can get proven pain relief in 3 days.*

Rapid Relief

Knowing how fast these sensations are felt—particularly pain—it’s important to find tooth sensitivity relief that works quickly. That’s why Sensodyne® Rapid Relief is engineered for speed, helping you beat sensitivity pain fast.

It uses a unique formulation with stannous fluoride to quickly create a protective barrier over the sensitive areas of your teeth so you can get proven pain relief in 3 days.*

*With twice daily brushing

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*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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