8 Foods to Avoid if You Have Sensitive Teeth
The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) reports that more than 40 million Americans experience some pain and discomfort in their teeth when eating or drinking hot, cold, or sugary foods.
While the most affected demographics are young people and women, adults are also susceptible to tooth sensitivity, since the condition is mainly caused by lifestyle habits rather than age or gender.
So what foods should you avoid if you have sensitive teeth?
- Ice Cream
Ice cream is normally cold and contains lots of sugar, both of which are known to incense sensitive teeth.
Soda is one of the most harmful substances to both the teeth and the body. It does not only contain high amounts of sugar, but has very high acid levels as well. These two compounds are very harsh on sensitive teeth. The acid in soda, in particular, weakens the enamel (the protective layer of the teeth) and may cause cavities.
Totally avoid hard candy such as suckers, peppermints, and lollipops if you have sensitive teeth. These products contain high amounts of artificial sweeteners, which can heighten your sensitivity or even change the pH of your mouth.
Additionally, chewing hard candy may lead to breaking or chipping of teeth, or even injure your gums.
- Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, oranges, and pineapples contain relatively high amounts of citric acid which, despite being a natural acid, is as corrosive to teeth as the others. If you take a lot of these fruits, the acid will neutralize your saliva’s basic properties and wear out the enamel.
- Hot Coffee
Sipping on a hot coffee every morning is an integral part of most of our routines. However, if you have sensitive teeth, hot coffee will be more aggravating than soothing.
For one, hot coffee (including foods) activate tooth pain, and it is even worse if you add sugar. An effective compromise would be adding milk to your hot coffee to lower the temperature and minimize its acidity.
- Sticky Candy
Reduce your intake of sticky sweat candy such as licorice, gummy bears, toffee, and caramel. These treats are, in addition to their high sugar contents, likely to stick to your teeth. When this happens, the dentine nerves get irritated, and the pain intensifies.
As mentioned earlier, tooth sensitivity can be activated by any hot or cold substance. Ice is not only very cold, but also relatively hard. And of course, most of the ice that people chew contains some sugary additives too. The two factors combined are enough to escalate your teeth sensitivity to unmanageable levels.
Tomatoes are regarded as one of the healthiest foods. Unfortunately, they are a bit acidic, and can trigger, or intensify tooth sensitivity. You are therefore advised to avoid taking raw tomatoes or tomato sauce at all cost!
The best option is to cook or fry your tomatoes, as it helps to reduce the acidic levels.
Are you experiencing pain or sensitivity in your teeth? Contact our dental office in Irvine to make an appointment!