Usually the pain stems from enamel erosion or receding gums (perhaps from tooth grinding or clenching). Here are a few simple things you can do to help the problem:
Desensitizing toothpastes (brands include Sensodyne, Crest Sensitivity Protection Toothpaste, Aquafresh Sensitive, Arm & Hammer Advance White for Sensitive Teeth, and Colgate Sensitive Maximum Strength Plus Whitening) contain compounds that help block the sensation that might otherwise stimulate pain in the tooth's nerve. Choose a product that displays the American Dental Association's Seal of Acceptance.
Avoid using whitening or tartar control toothpastes, as they may increase sensitivity to hot or cold.
Use a soft toothbrush, and make sure you're brushing with short back-and-forth strokes, then in a gentle up-and-down motion. Brush thoroughly -- twice a day -- and floss daily.
If you still have discomfort when brushing, flossing, chewing or drinking, you may need dental treatment. What can the tooth-care man/woman do for you? Sometimes coating sensitive areas of affected teeth with a fluoride gel or special desensitizing agent can helps. And if the the problem stems from tooth decay, a cracked tooth, worn filling or a loose tooth crown -- these should be treated by a specialist.
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