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Don’t Let Sudden Tooth Sensitivity Get Your Down This Holiday Season

December 10, 2023
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Sensitivity can be more than just an annoyance; it’s a sign your teeth are telling you something important. In this series, we explore the various factors contributing to tooth sensitivity, offering insights and solutions from our dental experts at Ashraf Dentistry. Whether it’s diet, dental habits, or health conditions, understanding the importance of various elements like diet, dental practices, and overall health conditions is essential in preserving a healthy and comfortable smile. (Source: Everyday Health, 12 Surprising Causes of Sudden Tooth Sensitivity, Madeline R. Vann, MPH, Medically Reviewed by Meeta Shah, MD, August 7, 2017, https://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/sensitive-teeth/surprising-causes/ ).


Your Diet: The Hidden Culprit Behind Tooth Sensitivity

“In our experience at Ashraf Dentistry, diet plays a pivotal role in dental health, particularly regarding tooth sensitivity. Consuming acidic foods and beverages can erode tooth enamel, revealing the sensitive dentin beneath. To counteract this, we recommend a balanced diet with limited acidic foods. We also advise rinsing your mouth after consuming acidic items and waiting to brush. This approach helps neutralize acids and prevent additional enamel erosion, crucial for maintaining healthy, less sensitive teeth.”

Chewing Ice: A Harmful Habit Unveiled

“Chewing ice might seem harmless, but it’s a habit that can lead to significant dental issues. At Ashraf Dentistry, we’ve seen patients with cracked or chipped enamel due to this habit, resulting in increased sensitivity or even more severe dental problems. To prevent this, we encourage patients to break the habit, offering alternative strategies like chewing sugar-free gum. For those already experiencing sensitivity from ice chewing, we provide treatments focused on enamel restoration and sensitivity reduction.”

The Risks of Harsh Brushing: A Common Overlooked Practice

“Many of our patients at Ashraf Dentistry are surprised to learn that their brushing habits might contribute to their tooth sensitivity. A hard-bristled toothbrush or excessive force can wear down enamel and irritate gums. We emphasize the importance of gentle brushing with a soft-bristled brush and demonstrate proper techniques during check-ups. Regular dental visits allow us to monitor brushing habits and ensure our patients maintain optimal oral health.”

The Double-Edged Sword of Tooth Whitening

“While tooth whitening can enhance your smile, it can also lead to sensitivity. At Ashraf Dentistry, we prioritize safe and effective whitening procedures, balancing aesthetics with oral health. We caution against the overuse of whitening products and insist on adherence to manufacturer guidelines. For patients experiencing post-whitening sensitivity, we offer product and aftercare recommendations to alleviate discomfort and safeguard enamel.”

Tooth Decay: A Preventable Cause of Sensitivity

“Tooth decay is a significant factor behind sensitivity. At Ashraf Dentistry, we focus on preventing decay through regular cleanings and timely fillings. Early detection and treatment of cavities are crucial for preventing dentin exposure and subsequent sensitivity. We emphasize the importance of regular check-ups and good oral hygiene as the foundation for decay-free, healthy teeth.”

Gum Health: Essential for Preventing Sensitivity

“Gum health is intricately linked to tooth sensitivity. Conditions like gum disease can expose tooth roots, increasing sensitivity. Our comprehensive gum disease treatments at Ashraf Dentistry include deep cleanings and patient education on proper flossing techniques. We also tackle issues like receding gums, common with aging, offering treatments to preserve gum health and reduce sensitivity.”

Split Tooth: An Urgent Dental Concern

“A split tooth is not just a cause for sensitivity but also a dental emergency. At Ashraf Dentistry, we stress immediate care for split teeth, which can lead to significant discomfort and further complications. We use advanced diagnostics to assess the extent of the split and recommend appropriate treatments, such as crowns or extractions, depending on the severity. We aim to alleviate pain and restore dental health swiftly.”

Recent Dental Work: Understanding Post-Procedure Sensitivity

“It’s common to experience some sensitivity after dental procedures. At our clinic, we monitor patients closely, following treatments like crowns, cleanings and fillings. This sensitivity is usually temporary, but we provide guidance on managing it and encourage patients to report any prolonged discomfort. Our goal is to ensure a comfortable, pain-free recovery for all dental treatments”

Eating or Digestive Disorders: The Dental Impact

“Conditions like bulimia and acid reflux can significantly affect dental health, leading to enamel erosion and sensitivity. We approach these issues holistically at Ashraf Dentistry. We also offer specialized dental treatments to protect teeth from acid damage and provide dietary and lifestyle advice to mitigate these effects.”

Sinus Infection: The Unexpected Contributor to Tooth Pain

“Sinus infections can cause discomfort that mimics tooth sensitivity. Our team at Ashraf Dentistry is skilled in differentiating between sinus-related pain and dental issues. We provide advice on managing sinus-related tooth pain and collaborate with healthcare professionals for a multidisciplinary approach to treatment.”

Pregnancy and Dental Sensitivity: A Delicate Balance

“Pregnancy can bring about hormonal changes that affect gums, potentially leading to sensitivity. At Ashraf Dentistry, we offer specialized care for pregnant women, focusing on gentle, safe dental treatments and advising on oral hygiene practices that cater to the unique needs of pregnancy.”

Cold Weather: A Trigger for Tooth Sensitivity

“Exposure to cold air can cause a sharp increase in tooth sensitivity. We advise our patients to limit exposure to cold temperatures and provide tips on protecting their teeth during colder months. For patients particularly susceptible to this, we offer treatments and products designed to reduce sensitivity.”

Stress and Its Dental Consequences: Bruxism and Sensitivity

“Stress can lead to bruxism, the unconscious grinding of teeth, often resulting in tooth sensitivity. At Ashraf Dentistry, we focus on identifying and treating bruxism to prevent sensitivity and other dental issues. Solutions include Botox Therapeutics, stress management techniques, protective devices like night guards to minimize grinding damage.”


As we wrap up our comprehensive look at tooth sensitivity, we hope you’ve gained valuable insights into the various factors that contribute to this common issue. At Ashraf Dentistry, we’re committed to empowering our patients with knowledge and solutions for their dental health. Remember, addressing tooth sensitivity often involves a holistic approach, considering everything from daily habits to underlying health conditions. We encourage you to consult with your dentist for personalized advice and treatment options. Together, let’s work towards a future of healthier smiles and reduced sensitivity.


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Lamine Diallo
Lamine Diallo
02:21 15 Jun 22
My family and I have been receiving care from Dr. Ashraf and his amazing team since we first moved to Waterloo in 2002. His assessment skills are spot on, he is gentle and is very skilled at working with anxious\nervous patients. My dental hygienist is Lin who is very knowledgeable, and passionate about her work. She is amazingly gentle yet very,very thorough when it comes to preventative dental care. She is didactic as well, taking the time to teach patients how to use certain equipment as well as addressing gingivitis in pro-active ways. We are in very capable hands.
Trisa Kapetaneas
Trisa Kapetaneas
18:12 01 Jun 22
I have been a patient here for over 2 years now and I've always enjoyed the experience. The staff are professional and have always made me feel comfortable. I recently had a cleaning done by Lynn for the first time and she was amazing! Will continue to visit for my checkups/cleanings.
Aamir Mirza
Aamir Mirza
14:54 03 May 22
Dr. Ashraf and his team is amazing. All work done under one umbrella for entire family. We all are very happy to be under the care for the last 20 plus years. Lin, dental hygienist is remarkable professional. She knows her job so well that I look forward to my cleaning every time I'm scheduled. Thank you Lin for your amazing work for my entire family!
Alena Delena
Alena Delena
14:50 02 May 22
My family loves Dr Ashraf. We've been through many dentists in many cities and he's by far our favourite one. He's always thorough and professional. His referrals are also of equal high caliber. I went to him for a root canal and a crown. I had many concerns and he addressed them all personally. He even went so far as to redo a root canal for me. Recommend.
Nicole Wood
Nicole Wood
15:31 28 Apr 22
I found Ashraf Dentistry a year ago and I absolutely love their dental clinic. Everyone is very kind and thorough. Lin is the best dental hygienist I've ever had! She takes the time to ensure I receive the care I need. Both dentists I've seen have also been very kind and wonderful at making me feel like my teeth are being taken care of. Highly recommend!
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