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About Sensitive Teeth

Preventing Sensitivity

Learn How to Relieve Sensitive Teeth

If your teeth are sensitive, there are several simple but important steps you can take today to manage sensitive teeth and to help stop them from getting worse.

  • Practice good oral hygiene, including proper brushing and flossing, to prevent conditions such as periodontal disease, which can cause receding gums.
  • Use a sensitivity toothpaste like Sensodyne - No. 1 Brand Recommended By Dentists as a sensitive teeth treatment.
  • Don't brush too hard or more frequently than your dentist recommends.
  • Use a softer toothbrush, preferably one suitable for people with sensitive teeth.
  • Take care while consuming acidic foods that can wear away tooth enamel, such as fruit juices, wine, vinegar salad dressings and soft drinks.
  • Use fluoridated dental products to help strengthen enamel.
  • Avoid grinding your teeth or clenching during the day. Ask your dentist about a mouth guard for night-time use.
  • See your dentist regularly for professional tooth cleaning, dental care recommendations and advice on treating your sensitive teeth. 

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How Sensodyne Works

Sensodyne toothpastes work in one of three ways to relieve the sensation of sensitive teeth. This depends on the product's active ingredient, which is either Potassium Nitrate for Sensodyne Fresh mint, Strontium Acetate for Sensodyne Rapid Relief, or patented NovaMin® technology for Sensodyne Repair & Protect.

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Potassium Nitrate
The potassium ions in Sensodyne Toothpaste move into dentine through the tubules, gradually desensitising the nerves at the centre of the tooth, resulting in relief from the sensation of sensitive teeth. This means transmission of nerve impulses is prevented and the resulting sensation is stopped. Clinical studies show potassium nitrate progressively reduces the sensation of sensitivity over a period of weeks. As long as Sensodyne Toothpaste should be used twice daily to help block the nerve response and relieve the sensation of sensitive teeth.
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Strontium Acetate

Sensodyne Rapid Relief contains strontium acetate, which is an element similar to calcium. The strontium in Sensodyne Rapid Relief replaces some of the calcium lost from the dentine and blocks the exposed tubules within the dentinal tissue. This prevents the flow of the fluid within the tubules that would otherwise cause tooth sensation.

NovaMin® Technology

Sensodyne Repair & Protect contains advanced, patented NovaMin® technology, which is scientifically proven to repair sensitive teeth by forming a tooth-like layer over exposed dentine to help continually repair and protect sensitive areas. It actually seeks out and repairs vulnerable areas that cause the occasional twinges of sensitivity. Find the Sensodyne formula that's right for you.


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Please check with your dentist to ensure that any discomfort that you are experiencing is due to tooth sensitivity.
*Repair provides clinically proven relief with twice daily brushing.