What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

Ouch! Does brushing or flossing make you wince occasionally? Does eating a cold spoonful of ice cream or sipping on a hot cup of coffee cause you discomfort?

The culprit could be overly sensitive teeth, and unfortunately this condition is all too common. In fact, Dentistry Today reveals that one out of every eight people has oversensitive teeth. Of course, there’s nothing to smile about regarding any kind of tooth pain, especially tooth sensitivity.

Why So Sensitive?

There are a variety of factors that can result in sensitive teeth. Recent dental work, for example may cause short-term sensitivity. Other culprits may result in longer lasting discomfort. Some main causes for tooth sensitivity include:

  • Plaque buildup and tooth decay along the gum line.
  • Teeth grinding.
  • Gingivitis.
  • Receding gums.
  • Brushing teeth too hard.
  • Some tooth whitening toothpastes.
  • Your age. Tooth sensitivity is highest between the ages of 25 and 30.
  • Cracked or broken teeth.
  • Highly acidic foods and beverages.
  • Some mouthwashes.

Get Needed Assistance

Everyone’s smile is unique and because one or more factors may be involved, it’s vital to get professional assistance to properly pinpoint what’s causing your tooth sensitivity issues. That’s where the expertise and advanced training of the team at Giesy Family & Implant Dentistry can help. Our thorough and skilled team can help diagnose and treat any oral health concerns you may have, including alleviating the discomfort of oversensitive teeth.

All it takes is one call to our friendly front desk team member and we’ll get you started on a comprehensive dentistry program that will protect the health of your teeth and have you eating and drinking in comfort again. Our comprehensive dentistry approach to treatment is done in 3 steps:

Step One – Treatment Planning

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We start with a comprehensive examination and an evaluation of your dental health. An entire in-office treatment plan will be outlined by Dr. Giesy that will result in a healthy and beautiful smile.


Step Two – A Healthy Foundation

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We may use a variety of treatments such as extraction, fillings, crowns, implants, or periodontal treatment to create a healthy foundation for your restored smile.


Step Three – Cosmetic Enhancements

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Here’s where we put the finishing touches to your smile with services such as teeth whitening, porcelain crowns or veneers, and gum contouring.


In no time at all, you can be kissing tooth sensitivity goodbye and allowing yourself to focus on the flavor, not the temperature, of your next bowl of ice cream. Your mouth will thank you with an ear-to-ear smile!

Call our Tacoma dental clinic today at (253) 752-6630 or contact us online for an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!