May 11, 2015

The worst things you can do when you have sensitive teeth


When the pain and discomfort of tooth sensitivity hits, it’s hard to ignore. Sensitive teeth have the ability to ruin an otherwise enjoyable meal or night out with friends. And if you’re not informed, you could be unknowingly making yourself even more susceptible to a world of dental agony. 

Thankfully, with a little care, it is possible to get on with your life, without aching teeth getting in the way.  

Here’s four things you should give a miss to improve your tooth sensitivity, starting today.

1. Hot or cold food

Sensitive teeth are usually thermally reactive, so eating very hot or cold things like hot soups and ice-blocks will set them off.

However, if you’re not keen to bid farewell to ice cream and hot chocolate just yet, you can try using a specialized sensitive teeth toothpaste to help protect your enamel and decrease your sensitivity. A recent study in the Journal of Dental Sciences found regular brushing with toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth is highly effective for preventing the pain of thermal reaction in most people.

2. Anything sugary

If you’re one of the many people suffering from tooth sensitivity due to cavities and tooth erosion, the last thing you want to do is eat anything laden with sugar. Not only does sugar have the potential to cause more cavities and get stuck inside existing ones, leading to irritation, it’s also the perfect food for bacteria, who will have a field day on it and attack your already tender teeth in the process.

It’s very common for sensitive teeth to react to sweet foods, especially if tooth decay is present. I recommend choosing lower sugar foods like fruits and vegetables instead.

3. Acidic drinks

Acidic drinks like fruit juice, diet soft drink and wine can dissolve the tooth structure and expose more dentin, leaving you susceptible to increasing pain.

But it’s not all bad news. You can still enjoy the occasional acidic drink by using a straw, which will allow the liquid to bypass your teeth, and your enamel to remain untouched in the process.