Why Do My Teeth Hurt?

A swig of frosty beer. A spoonful of hot soup. If you have sensitive teeth, everyday foods and drinks can unexpectedly trigger a jolt of nerve pain, fast. That tooth pain you feel is typically characterized as short and sharp, and it can also range in severity.

Tooth sensitivity can occur in specific areas of your mouth, sometimes in just 1 tooth—you don’t have to feel pain in every tooth to have sensitive teeth.

Signs of Sensitive Teeth

Teeth sensitive to cold food and drinks

Sensitivity to cold

Teeth sensitive to hot food and drinks

Sensitivity to hot

Teeth sensitive to sweet food and drinks

Sensitivity to sweets

Teeth sensitive to  sour food and drinks

Sensitivity to sour


How to Deal with Tooth Sensitivity

Sensodyne Can Help

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“Having sensitive teeth, I found this product worked really well for me. After brushing twice daily for about a week, I was able to enjoy ice cream and cold drinks again.”

—Lorna, Saint Louis, MO

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Other Causes of Tooth Sensitivity Pain

Teeth Whitening

Professional bleaching treatments may cause you to experience sensitive teeth after whitening, but this is only temporary. Some at-home whitening remedies can make tooth sensitivity worse.

Brushing & Flossing

If your teeth are sensitive after brushing or flossing, it may be because you are applying too much pressure or doing it too often. Learning the right techniques—along with brushing twice a day, every day, with Sensodyne—can help.

Dental Procedures

Experiencing tooth sensitivity after a filling is common and usually resolves on its own within a few weeks.

Cavities & Tooth Decay

Unlike tooth sensitivity, tooth pain caused by a cavity produces a dull ache. Speak with a dentist to help confirm a diagnosis.