Myth vs Truth: Does Brushing Cause Sensitive Teeth?

If you experience sensitivity while brushing, or after a visit to the dentist, have you ever wondered: Can these 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 and cleaning may play in tooth sensitivity, along with a few good oral care tips to help minimize the pain.

Myths vs Truth

Brushing Sensitive Teeth


Brushing causes sensitive teeth


Aggressive brushing can lead to sensitivity

How to brush sensitive teeth

Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush thoroughly (for at least 1 minute), twice daily, preferably after each meal or as directed by a healthcare practitioner.

Use Sensodyne toothpaste when you brush, which is formulated to treat sensitive teeth.

Young woman brushing her teeth with Sensodyne toothpaste for sensitive teeth

Visiting the dentist with sensitive teeth

Icon of dentist's chair


Visiting the dentist causes tooth sensitivity


If you experience any sensitivity or have any concerns, please ask your dentist

How to prepare for a dentist-office deep cleaning

Brush twice a day with Sensodyne Toothpaste for two weeks before visiting the dentist.

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