Cavities are the most common reason for sensitivity. If you are sure that you are cavity free because you have had a recent dental check-up and still have sensitivity, there is hope! The second most common reason for sensitive teeth is exposed dentin. Dentin is the middle layer of teeth and also covers the root surface of teeth. A simple solution that works for many people is switching to a toothpaste specially formulated for sensitivity such as Sensodyne or Crest Sensitivity. These toothpastes should be used twice per day and not rinsed off after use.
Preventing further exposure of dentin is crucial to controlling the pain. Have Dr. Jordan and his staff review brushing technique to ensure that you are not brushing too hard or incorrectly. Avoid acidic foods and drinks (lemons, limes, pineapple, sports drinks, etc) which further erode tooth structure. We also carry prescription strength toothpaste which is very helpful in treating sensitivity.