What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

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Have you ever been jealous of people who could bite into their ice cream with no trouble at all? Or take a big gulp of icy water without even flinching? If you have tooth sensitivity, it makes it quite uncomfortable to do any of those things. The fact is, that while many people deal with sensitive teeth, the reason behind their condition can differ from person to person. Here are some of the most common causes of sensitive teeth.

Regular Teeth Grinding

The condition of regularly grinding your teeth at night while you sleep is called bruxism. Since you aren’t awake to notice what you’re doing, you might not be aware of the problem. Regular teeth grinding can cause damage that only a dentist will see. The extra pressure can cause wear on your enamel and make your teeth more sensitive. We can create a custom nightguard to protect your teeth from bruxism.

Gum Recession

Dental health isn’t just about your teeth, your gums also play an important role in having a healthy mouth. If your gums are receding, that means that the root surfaces of your teeth are becoming more exposed. These exposed tooth roots can cause tooth sensitivity. Our Puyallup office offers treatment to encourage healthy gums.

Acidic Foods & Drinks

Did you know that some foods and drinks have such a high amount of acid that they can actually wear away at your tooth enamel? We’re not saying you need to totally cut out things like citrus from your diet, but you should be mindful of your consumption. It’s helpful to rinse your mouth after eating or drinking something high in acid. It’s even better to make healthy swaps like water inside of acidic soda.

Teeth Whitening Treatment

It’s common after teeth whitening treatment to experience tooth sensitivity, but this should only be temporary. It’s also the reason why it’s best to leave brightening your smile to a dental professional. Our Willow Smiles Dentistry team will monitor your whitening so they can minimize any chance of discomfort during and after the cosmetic treatment.

Comprehensive Dental Care in Puyallup, WA

If you need help figuring out what’s causing your sensitive teeth, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Willow Smiles Dentistry. Our experienced team would be happy to help with anything related to your dental health!


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