What is Making My Teeth Sensitive?

Many patients come to our Overlake Dental with concerns about sensitive teeth. For somebody concerned about his or her oral health, it can be easy to assume that a bit of sensitivity is indicative of a looming dental problem. We have good and bad news for these people, and they’re both the same thing: tooth sensitivity can just as easily be caused by good dental care as by poor dental care.

Possible Causes of Teeth Sensitivity

Indeed, tooth decay and receding gums are both negative factors that can cause your teeth to be sensitive. On the other hand, you can also get sensitivity from tooth whiteners, whitening toothpastes, antiseptic mouthwashes, and other agents of dental care. You can even expect a bit of short-term sensitivity after a routine visit to your dentist. It’s not necessarily a sign of anything wrong.

Additionally, the effect should go away shortly after you stop using the product causing your sensitivity, though the benefits it give you may outweigh the drawbacks.

If you want to beat your tooth sensitivity without sacrificing good oral hygiene, talk to your dentist. There may be some less harsh options available to keep your teeth clean.