Sensitive teeth a patient to have dental pain

Does eating a cold spoonful of ice cream or sipping on a hot cup of coffee cause you discomfort? What about when you walk outside during our Colorado winters and that icy-cold air hits your teeth? Ouch! 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.

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. Culprits of longer-lasting discomfort include the following:

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

So What Can I Do? 

Everyone’s smile and situation is unique. It’s always best to get professional assistance to properly pinpoint what’s causing your tooth sensitivity issues. That’s where our expertise and advanced training can help. Dr. Owens can help diagnose and treat any oral health concerns you may have, and tell you how to alleviate the discomfort of oversensitive teeth.


Many patients with oversensitive teeth have experienced alleviated symptoms with in-office fluoride treatments at their routine cleanings and/or by using prescription fluoride toothpaste during their daily brushing. Fluoride not only protects your teeth from decay, but it also helps strengthen the enamel reducing sensitivity. While patients with sensitive teeth couldn’t do teeth whitening before, fluoride can enable them to achieve their desired cosmetic results without the increased sensitivity that whitening can bring.
Interested to learn more? Contact our office today!

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