What is sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity or dentin hypersensitivity is a very common condition that affects more than 45 million adults in the U.S.*

Sensitivity is experienced as a sharp pain, and it is triggered by eating hot or cold foods, drinking hot or cold beverages, breathing cold air, or eating sugary or acidic foods.

This occurs when the enamel is worn down or if the gum line is recessed. In both cases the dentin (the layer below the enamel in the crown of the tooth) is exposed.

What causes tooth sensitivity?

There are several reasons dentin can be exposed, leading to sensitivity.

My teeth are only sensitive sometimes. Is this common?

Yes. Many adults have occasional sensitivity to hot, cold or sweet beverages and food. Others suffer from constant pain. Regardless of the frequency of your pain, let your dentist or hygienist know. He or she can recommend proper treatment for tooth sensitivity.

How are sensitive teeth treated?

Sensitive teeth can usually be treated with anti-sensitivity toothpastes, like any of the Colgate® Sensitive variants.

How long does it take to get relief? How long will the relief last?

Speed of relief will vary from person to person. On average, users experience relief after two weeks weeks of continued twice-daily use. Colgate® Sensitive toothpastes provide long-lasting, clinically proven relief from painful sensitivity with regular use.

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