As the cooler months tart to roll in, we begin to change our diets to reflect it. Iced tea and BBQ has been exchanged for hot cocoa and hearty stews, and with that comes tooth sensitivity. Yes, that little zing you get when you drink something too hot or cold – that’s caused be sensitive teeth. It’s a very common condition, at least 40 million Americans have some type of sensitive teeth.
And while we know that some foods in our diet that can send that electric charge through our mouth, there are some in particular you should try to avoid:
Soda. Soda has two ingredients that can irritate exposed teeth nerves: sugar and acid.
Hot coffee. Hot foods can also cause your teeth to hurt – sweetening it causing twice the issue. By adding some milk to your coffee, you slightly lower the temperature and its acidity.
Hard candy. When you have sensitive teeth, skip hard candy, not only for the sugar, but the tooth-breaking hazards.
Sticky candy. Similar to hard candies, chewy treats are not only full of sugar, but they stick to your teeth.
Citrus fruits. Pineapple, grapefruit, lemons, and limes are all highly acidic fruits that wear away at tooth enamel, and both eating these fruits and drinking the fruit juice can trigger tooth sensitivity and pain.
Tomatoes. Although tomatoes are a good source of vitamins, especially vitamin C, they’re also highly acidic, and this includes tomato sauce as well as raw tomatoes.
Ice. While we tend to drink warmer drinks during this time of year, we have encounters with ice year-round. Even if you can tolerate cold drinks, chewing ice can be problematic for sensitive teeth, because it’s both cold and hard.
Dr. Clarence Kegler II proudly serves Suwanee and all surrounding areas.