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5 Common Causes of Tooth Sensitivity October 4, 2019

North Issaquah, Issaquah Plateau
5 Common Causes of Tooth Sensitivity, Issaquah Plateau, Washington

If you experience tooth pain when eating ice cream or drinking hot coffee, you probably have tooth sensitivity. This is often caused when the enamel of your teeth wears down, exposing microscopic tubes filled with small nerve endings. When hot or cold substances hit these nerves, you experience pain or discomfort. A dentist can help you with your concerns, but there might be some behaviors you can alter at home that will help you feel relief as well. If you’re unsure what is causing your sensitivity, consult the guide below. 

5 Reasons You Might Have Sensitive Teeth

1. Recent Dental Procedure

dentistIt’s normal to experience some sensitivity right after you have a root canal, filling, placement of a crown, or extraction. The sensitivity should go away in a few weeks. If it doesn’t, schedule an appointment with your dentist to target the issue. 

2. Receding Gums

Unfortunately, gum disease is common, especially if you haven’t kept up with your daily dental hygiene regimen. One part of this disease is receding gums, which can definitely cause tooth sensitivity. Your dental professional will come up with a treatment plan that should help your sensitivity and other symptoms.

3. Brushing Too Hard

If you use a hard-bristled toothbrush or press down firmly when you brush your teeth, you might be wearing away your enamel. It’s easy to fix this issue. Switch to a toothbrush with softer bristles and stop brushing as hard. Use a high-power electric toothbrush to regain control without adding too much pressure. 

4. Grinding Your Teeth 

Grinding your teeth wears down your enamel, causing the nerve endings in your teeth to become exposed. Your dentist may recommend treatments like therapy to help you let go of your tension. They can also fit you for a custom mouth guard that will keep your teeth from becoming more damaged.

5. Using Whitening Toothpaste

It may seem like a great idea to use a whitening toothpaste, but some people are sensitive to the chemicals companies put in their products. Try using a non-whitening toothpaste to see if your sensitivity improves. There are also several toothpaste products specifically designed for people with sensitive teeth. Consult with your dentist about which product is the right fit for you. 


Apex Dental Care in Issaquah, WA, has been providing quality dental care to King County for 15 years. Their services include routine teeth cleanings and checkups, gum disease treatment, and crowns. Their dentists offer education to make sure you maintain your oral hygiene regimen after your appointment. Visit their website to view their services or call (425) 837-0383 to set up your first appointment.

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