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Sensitive Teeth?

Our dentists explain causes, treatments & more

Why are my teeth sensitive?

Sensitive teeth can happen to anyone and for a variety of reasons. One of the most common causes is when your tooth enamel (outside layer of the tooth) wears down, exposing the underlying dentin of your tooth. Dentin contains thousands of microscopic channels (like many tiny straws stacked together) that lead to your tooth pulp. Sensations caused by heat, cold, and acid can travel through these channels (mini straws) to reach the nerves inside your tooth, causing pain and sensitivity.

Additionally, during this especially stressful time in the world, an increasing number of people are suffering from clenching and tooth grinding. This often occurs at night and you might not even know you’re doing it! Unfortunately, clenching and grinding is a very common cause of tooth sensitivity. If not treated properly and in a timely manner, these habits can lead to cracked teeth, root canal treatment, crowns, or extraction and dental implants.

There are several other factors that can cause your teeth to be sensitive: 

  • Gum disease 
  • Gum recession
  • Tooth decay
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Brushing too hard (or using a hard-bristled toothbrush)
  • Using the wrong mouthwash
  • Too much teeth bleaching
  • Plaque buildup

Proper diagnosis is key to finding the best tooth sensitivity treatment. By addressing the root of the issue, you can relieve tooth sensitivity and live your life without pain. 

Home remedies for sensitive teeth

The best way to avoid and treat sensitive teeth is to take good care of your tooth enamel. Get into the habit of brushing after every meal or at a least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. You also need to visit your dentist at least every 6 months to keep plaque and decay at bay. Your dentist can also help you form a personalized treatment plan to protect your teeth and get rid of sensitive teeth pain.

In addition to your doctor-recommended instructions, try these at home care tips:

      • Don’t brush too hard (always use a soft bristle toothbrush)
      • Use a toothpaste meant for sensitive teeth
      • Floss at least once a day (be gentle!)
      • Use mouthwash sparingly
      • Avoid acidic foods and drinks
      • Choose snacks like fruits and vegetables 
      • Drink hot and cold beverages with a straw
      • Focus on unclenching your teeth
      • Consider a custom night guard if recommended by your dentist
      • Take a break from teeth bleaching

When to see a dentist about sensitive teeth

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Mild tooth sensitivity

Experiencing tooth sensitivity when you eat hot or cold foods and drinks or bite into certain foods? Do your teeth seem sensitive only during a certain time of the day and then the sensation seems to go away? Be sure to mention it to your dentist during your routine checkups. We’ll provide treatment recommendations and help you find the source of the issue. 

Advanced tooth sensitivity

If your teeth always feel sensitive or are in pain, contact your dentist immediately. We don’t want you to be uncomfortable and there’s likely an underlying issue that needs to be addressed right away.
Remember: We welcome any questions and want to keep your teeth healthy and pain free all year long — not just at your 6 month appointments. If you’re concerned about sensitive teeth, contact us. We’re here to help.

Treatments for sensitive teeth in Escondido

Periodontal Care

Gum disease and gum recession can cause pain and sensitivity. Our personalized and high-tech periodontal care is designed to ease discomfort, prevent tooth loss, and keep your gums healthy.

Fillings & Crowns

If decay is advancing or at risk of jeopardizing a tooth, it’s probably making your teeth feel sensitive, too. We offer modern white fillings and crowns to bring your tooth back to pristine condition.

Night Guards

If one or multiple teeth occasionally feel tender or sensitive, you may be clenching and/or grinding your teeth. If our dentists confirm this is the cause of your tooth sensitivity and or pain, we’ll take a digital scan of your teeth and fabricate a custom night guard.


If chipped or cracked teeth are to blame for your sensitive teeth, then cosmetic veneers are a great option. Veneers attach to the front of your teeth, covering up imperfections and increasing durability.

Hear from our patients


Karin R.

My husband Gary recently had a new crown made at TLC Dental using a state of the art machine called Cerec. The entire procedure was completed in just a few hours start to finish and the crown is absolutely beautiful! One visit that was it! I can’t tell you how grateful he was to miss only a few hours of work to have this procedure done in 1 visit!  As my husband always tells me they are the best dentist we have ever had. So lucky to call them ours! Thank you TLC!


Gerald E.

Excellent customer service!
From the front desk staff to the assistants!
You’ll be pleased!

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Don’t live in pain.

If you’re dealing with sensitive teeth, we’ll help find a solution. Give us a call at (760) 741-5775 or contact us.

Our office

950 E. Pennsylvania Ave, Suite A
Escondido, CA 92025
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We’re located just outside of downtown Escondido and offer free on-site parking.

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