• Dr. Rishika Sahay


1. The first step always should be to limit the problem where it is! It can only be done by adopting the simple steps to stop the wear of your teeth. And here are some ways which can help you achieve that

  • Adopt the correct method of brushing your teeth to prevent unnecessary loss of enamel.

  • If you have receding gums along with sensitive teeth, you need to consult your dentist to get your gums treated which will also help in reducing your sensitivity.

  • If you have a habit of grinding your teeth, you need to consult your dentist for treatment regarding that and get a tooth guarding appliance made along with the toothpaste.


  • The active ingredient in which should be POTASSIUM NITRATE (which has shown the best results) or STANNOUS FLUORIDE (the second-best active ingredient). You can use any brand of toothpaste with the above-mentioned ingredients.

  • These desensitizing toothpaste can be applied all over your teeth with a finger and left for two minutes after which you gargle or you can also use it like conventional toothpaste with your toothbrush.

  • These kinds of toothpaste work by blocking the passage in dentin through which the pain sensation reaches the nerve endings

  • However, you need to know that these kinds of toothpaste only reduce the symptoms and do not treat the root cause of your disease.

  • It usually takes about a month after its use to reduce the sensitivity. But the root cause has still not been treated.

3. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, to make sure you cause minimum trauma to your teeth while brushing leading to minimum wear.

4. If the sensitivity still exists, you may need to consult your dentist to get the appropriate treatment done for that which includes desensitizing varnish, filling, crown.

You can only prevent or mask the symptoms of sensitivity by yourself. But like most of the other dental problems, definitive treatment can only be provided by your dentist. So the best option that stays with you is PREVENTION by following the above mentioned simple steps at home.

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