July 12, 2019
If drinking an ice-cold soda sends a searing pain through your teeth, you’re not alone. About 40 million Americans experience some kind of tooth sensitivity, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. That’s about 12 percent of the population. As you can see, it’s not that uncommon of a problem. But why do some people even have sensitive teeth? And what foods should you avoid in order to alleviate your discomfort? Keep reading to learn more.
Why Do I Have Sensitive Teeth?
Your teeth have an outer layer called enamel. This is the hardest material in the human body, but it can be eroded over time due to tooth decay, habits like grinding, and even aging. When this happens, it exposes the layer underneath, called the dentin. The dentin contains microscopic tubules that lead to the nerves. Without the protection that the enamel provides, the nerves are exposed to hot and cold foods, which leads to pain. Let’s look at 8 foods a dentist says you should avoid in order to decrease sensitivity:
This is one of the main items to avoid because it contains not only sugar, but acid, which furthers erodes your enamel and makes your teeth even more sensitive in the future.
2. Ice Cream
Cold foods generally produce the biggest reaction in sensitive teeth. Ice cream also has a lot of sugar, which is a double whammy against your teeth.
3. Hot Coffee
It’s not just cold foods that can aggravate your teeth. Hot foods and beverages can do the job as well. Add some milk to your coffee in the morning. It can lower the temperature so it’s not as scalding, and lowers the acidity.
4. Sticky Candy
As the name implies, sticky candy can easily get stuck to your teeth. When this happens, your nerves are exposed to a high amount of sugar for an extended period of time, which can cause a world of pain.
5. Hard Candy
Hard candy like lollipops and peppermints are chock full of sugar. In addition, if you accidentally chew on them, they can cause your teeth to chip, which would hurt a whole lot and require an immediate visit to your dentist.
6. Citrus Fruits
Fruits like oranges, pineapples, and lemons all contains acids that can wear away at your enamel. Even if you choose to drink it in juice form, that acid is still there and can still wreak havoc on your teeth.
No matter what form you consume tomatoes in, they are still highly acidic. They might be a great source of vitamins, but they’re not so healthy if you have sensitive teeth. Choose vitamin supplements to still get the nutrition you need without hurting your mouth.
Ice is another double whammy, since it’s both hard and cold. Even if cold drinks are no problem for you, resist the temptation to chew on ice. It can be a nightmare for your teeth.
If you have sensitive teeth, tell your dentist as soon as you can. It could be a symptom of an even bigger problem, such as a cavity or an infection.
About the Practice
At Wayne Family Dentistry in Wayne, PA, we provide friendly, trustworthy care to all of our patients, and we have been for more than 2 decades. Our team of 4 dentists are dedicated to helping you achieve the best smile you can. For more info contact us at (610)-688-4578.
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