How to address tooth sensitivity concerns

Sensitive TeethAt McDowell Dental Group, we assist Abington, PA patients with the dental healthcare procedures and treatments they require. We can diagnosis and treat a myriad of conditions including infection, periodontal disease, and tooth decay. Drs. Gary McDowell and Ashley McDowell are committed to offering solutions for other concerns, including sensitive teeth.

What can cause sensitive teeth?

There are a variety of reasons why a patient may develop sensitive teeth. Below are just some of the believed factors that can contribute to sensitivity:

  • Brushing too hard
  • Using a hard-bristled toothbrush
  • Gum recession
  • Cavities
  • Infection/inflammation
  • Gingivitis
  • Broken teeth (chipped/cracked)
  • Bruxism (clenching and grinding of the teeth at night)
  • Plaque buildup
  • Highly acidic mouthwash use
  • Acidic foods
  • Dental procedures

Additionally, some patients just have higher sensitivity in their teeth. This may be due to worn tooth enamel or just genetics. Patients with natural sensitivity may benefit from the use of a toothpaste used for sensitive teeth.

How can I address sensitivity?

Determining the reason for sensitivity will help the dentist determine the best response and treatment. Mildly sensitive teeth that occur natural can benefit from using certain toothpastes designed to reduce sensitivity. Sensitivity caused by decay may be improved with a filling. Patients who have sensitivity caused by worn enamel may benefit from certain restorative procedures such as the placement of a dental crown or a porcelain veneer. Infection and inflammation can be a result of periodontal disease, and treatment of this condition may also reduce the severity of sensitivity. Additionally, some patients experience sensitivity following certain procedures such as the placement of a filling or tooth bleaching treatments. All of these can be addressed with the help of the dental team at McDowell Dental Group. During an initial evaluation, our team can assess the cause of the sensitivity and provide an effective solution that fits a patient’s needs.

Learn more about treating sensitive teeth with Drs. Gary McDowell and Ashley McDowell

The team at McDowell Dental Group of Abington, PA is here to assist new and existing patients with their dental needs, including those who suffer from tooth sensitivity. Contact the office by calling (215) 885-0555 and visiting at 1047 Old York Road.

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Yes! After our long tenured residence at the Tempenns building, McDowell Dental Group will be relocating. In addition to the move we are changing our name to McDowell Dental & Aesthetics. Don’t worry, even though there are a lot of changes happening we are still committed to providing our patients with the same valued care we always have. Lead by Dr. Ashley McDowell the office will bring additional focus to cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetics along with all general dentistry services. Dr. Ashley has been working tirelessly over the past year to create a state of the art practice utilizing the best equipment and latest technologies. We are so excited for everyone to see and enjoy our new office.


Starting Monday, November 20th we will be seeing patients at:

1077 Rydal Road
Suite 300
Rydal, PA 19046


It is located just a short distance from our current office. The building has a spacious parking lot and an elevator for ease of travel. We look forward to seeing everyone at our new location!

McDowell Dental & Aesthetics Team