TOOTH PAIN & SENSITIVITY
Can the food and drink you consume be causing tooth pain and sensitivity?
Yes, the types of foods and drinks you consume can definitely have a negative effect on your oral health!
*directly linked to tooth decay
*sugar molecules combined with saliva and the bacteria already present in the mouth form plaque
Plaque left on teeth erodes enamel resulting in tooth decay
*wear away at the enamel that protects your teeth (tooth erosion)
*leaving your teeth susceptible to cavities and infections
Here is a list of foods that can cause tooth pain and sensitivity:
*foods containing sugar
*foods that are acidic
*ice cream-temperature and sugar can cause increased sensitivity
*citrus fruits-acid makes teeth more sensitive as it wears away teeth enamel
*tomatoes -highly acidic causes increased sensitivity
*dried fruit -high sugar content-sticks to teeth increasing plaque bacteria
*hard candy-high in sugar but can also break or chip teeth
*potato chips - acidic , gummy texture stays on your teeth
*white bread-starchy sugars . acids stick to tooth’s surfaces
*coffee-hot temperature along with caffeine being very acidic can cause tooth pain
*pop- contain sugar and acid
*wine- causes dry mouth( reduces saliva)creating breeding ground for bacteria
White wine and sweeter red wines can be the most damaging .
Tips to Combat Pain & Sensitivity:
*consume all of these foods in moderation
*rinse your mouth with water after consuming these foods
*avoid foods you know cause sensitivity & pain
*use a toothpaste specifically formulated for teeth sensitivity
*visit your dentist/ hygienist regularly
If you have tooth pain or sensitivity, please see your dentist . It is important to your oral health to find the cause of your pain/sensitivity.