Common Sensitivity Questions

questionmarksfaceA common topic that arises from patients during checkups is sensitivity. We receive many inquiries about whether sensitivity is normal, if sensitivity means there’s an oral health problem, and more questions about why it occurs. As you likely know, if you’re suffering from this concern, your best decision is to come in for a visit with us, during which we can tell you exactly what is happening with your unique smile. For now, we will be happy to provide you with initial insight by answering a few common questions on the matter.

Does Sensitivity Mean Something Is Very Wrong?

Not necessarily. There is a broad spectrum of sensitivity, so it is important to remember that if you have a higher threshold for discomfort, you may not notice a bit of irritation, whereas someone with a lower threshold will. Sensitive tissue can certainly be a red flag letting you know that there’s a problem – or it may occur due to just the right combination of benign circumstances. Let us know if you are experiencing discomfort.

Does Teeth Whitening Cause Sensitivity?

This is a very common question for individuals concerned about how cosmetic care may affect oral health. Recognize that we always protect your smile while providing treatments. As for whitening, it may cause a day or two of sensitivity that will then go away – long-term sensitivity does not occur.

Can I Cause My Own Sensitivity?

Yes, it is entirely possible that you are doing something to aggravate an aspect of your oral health, which then leads to sensitivity. For instance, if you are chewing on ice as a daily snack, brushing too hard, or using over-the-counter whitening products, you may cause sensitivity.


At A New Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to high-quality, modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, then call our Santa Clarita Valley, CA office today at (661) 251-0480. We proudly serve residents of Canyon Country and Santa Clarita Valley, CA, as well as San Fernando, Los Angeles, Granada Hills, Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks, and all surrounding communities.