Avoid These Foods if You Have Sensitive Teeth

two chocolate ice cream conesMany Americans struggle with tooth sensitivity every day. Do you feel pain in your teeth when you eat or drink anything hot, cold, sugary, or acidic? You’re not alone. There are a few things you can do to relieve tooth sensitivity, like brushing with sensitivity toothpaste and avoiding the following foods and beverages:

Soda – Sugar and acid are both substances that erode the enamel on your teeth and cause sensitivity, and soda contains both. Choose sparkling water if you need the carbonation.

Ice Cream – Biting into cold ice cream can be a trigger for tooth sensitivity pain, and it also contains a lot of sugar which can make your teeth even more sensitive.

Hot Coffee – Hot foods and beverages can also cause your teeth to hurt, and the acidity in coffee can also do some damage to your enamel. If you must drink coffee, try reducing or eliminating sugar and adding milk to cut the acidity and lower the temperature.

Hard or Sticky Candy – Not only is candy full of sugar that can lead to tooth sensitivity, but it can also chip or break your teeth. Sticky foods can bind to your teeth and stimulate the nerves, causing pain.

Citrus – Acidic food wears away your tooth enamel, so eating or drinking citrus can increase your tooth sensitivity. It is best to avoid foods like lemons, limes, grapefruits, and pineapples.

Tomatoes – Tomatoes contain many great nutrients, but people with sensitive teeth should avoid them. The acid in tomatoes, both raw and cooked in a sauce, can make your teeth sensitive.

If you are having issues with tooth sensitivity, call a Niles dentist at 847-423-2488, or contact one of our other four locations. We serve patients in Niles, Arlington Heights, Gurnee, Skokie, and Vernon Hills, Illinois.