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Causes of Tooth Sensitivity: Understanding the Root of the Problem

sensitive-teeth-popsicle-sq-400Do you find yourself cringing at the thought of hot coffee or indulging in cold treats? Tooth sensitivity can put a damper on everyday pleasures. Learning the common causes and triggers of their tooth sensitivity helps patients understand and address this discomfort more effectively.

What Are Some Common Causes?

Tooth sensitivity, or dentin hypersensitivity, occurs when the enamel wears down or the gums recede, exposing the sensitive dentin underneath. Several factors may contribute to this condition:

  • Enamel Erosion—acidic and sugary foods gradually wear down the enamel, leaving teeth vulnerable
  • Gum Recession—receding gums expose the tooth roots, which are sensitive to temperature changes and pressure
  • Dental Conditions—cavities, cracked teeth or worn dental fillings can compromise the protective layers of teeth
  • Bruxism—grinding or clenching teeth can wear down the enamel, exposing the dentin
  • Whitening Products—overuse of whitening products or aggressive brushing techniques can contribute to enamel erosion and sensitivity
  • Underlying Issues—gum disease or tooth infections can also present as tooth sensitivity

The Best Ways to Control Tooth Sensitivity

At CDC Dental, our comprehensive approach to combating tooth sensitivity includes a range of tailored solutions. We recommend desensitising toothpaste, which blocks discomfort and strengthens enamel for long-term protection. Professional fluoride treatments further enhance enamel strength, reducing sensitivity to various triggers.

Additionally, our dental sealants provide a protective barrier over exposed areas, shielding teeth from sensitivity triggers. We educate patients on gentle brushing techniques to prevent increasing their sensitivity and offer dietary guidance to identify and replace foods that may be contributing to enamel erosion.

Custom mouthguards are available to protect teeth from the effects of bruxism, reducing enamel wear, while targeted treatments address underlying dental issues such as decay or gum disease to alleviate sensitivity effectively.

Put Your Tooth Sensitivity in Check

Schedule a visit with our team at CDC Dental to receive tailored solutions for your tooth sensitivity. Say goodbye to discomfort and hello to a confident, pain-free smile!


Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

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