These days, it is not uncommon to struggle with sensitive teeth. Whether you have felt that uncomfortable, tingly sensation your whole life, or have just recently developed sensitivity, it can make eating and drinking a far less pleasurable experience. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can reduce the feelings of sensitivity.
Possessing two of the top foods that can irritate sensitive teeth–sugar and acid–soda is best left off your shopping list. Not only will avoiding soda improve your sensitive teeth situation, it will also reduce your risk of developing cavities–giving you a healthier mouth overall.
Although it’s delicious, ice cream is cold and contains sugar–both factors that can aggravate your sensitive teeth. Without the enamel layer on the teeth that acts as a protective barrier against temperature, very hot and very cold foods can be especially challenging to handle.
With that in mind, it only makes sense that hot coffee would be another irritant for sensitive teeth, as it’s hot and acidic. If you put sugar in your coffee, that can make things even worse. That said, if you can’t get through the day without your dose of c
affeine, adding milk can lower the temperature and reduce the acidity.
Containing copious amounts of sugar, candy of all types can wreak havoc on your sensitive teeth. Hard candy can cause the teeth to break, while sticky candy can stick to the teeth. With this in mind, you may want to find another way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
The high acid content in citrus fruits and their juice can wear away at an already depleted tooth enamel, increasing your sensitivity and discomfort.
The popular sandwich toppers pack a highly acidic punch, meaning that you may be better off avoiding them. Since both raw and cooked tomatoes can trigger sensitivity, you may want to hold off on the marinara as well.
Although a seemingly obvious observation, chewing on ice could lead to intense pain for those with sensitive teeth. Food that is cold and hard is a challenging combination, and best to be avoided as much as possible.
At University Centre Dental Associates, we understand just how frustrating your tooth sensitivity can be. In some cases, tooth sensitivity can indicate an even more serious dental concern. So if you have questions about what is going on with your teeth, we are here to help.
Our Greenbelt, MD office is a short drive from Washington, DC, Bowie, MD, Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, and Anne Arundel County. If you have questions about your tooth sensitivity and are ready to take the next step, do not hesitate to contact us.