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Posted: April 01, 2016

Sensitive Teeth? What Foods to Avoid


Sensitive Teeth? What Foods to Avoid

 

Do you have sensitive teeth? Even if they’re sensitive from wearing braces, Invisalign or using teeth whitening products, there are certain foods you can avoid so your teeth won’t bother you as much. Here are some to consider:

Acidic foods

Acid in foods is known to cause sensitivity because it can take some of the enamel off your teeth. There’s a surprising number of foods containing acid. That might include citrus fruits like grapefruit, oranges and lemons. Tomatoes are also highly acidic, and found in a number of dishes, like pasta sauce. Other fruits like kiwi and plums have acid, as do pickles, which are brined in vinegar.

Ketchup and mustard

When you think about it, ketchup is a no-brainer, because it contains tomatoes and vinegar, two acidic items that don’t go well together with sensitive teeth. Unfortunately, mustard is also made with vinegar, and can therefore cause sensitivity.

Soda   

Have you seen the experiments where soda eats away at something, whether it’s a nail, a penny or yes, a baby tooth? Soda isn’t good for your teeth. Though it’s sweet, it also has phosphoric acid in it, which is the chemical that causes the metal to oxidize

Juice

Whole fruits like the citrus mentioned earlier can cause tooth sensitivity. Juice can be even worse because it’s a liquid, which means it has an easier time washing around the tooth.

Hot liquids

You may want to avoid hot coffee or tea if your teeth are sensitive. The same goes for soup. If you really want the drink coffee or tea, or consume soup, let it cool a bit, or sip it through a straw. It may look and feel silly, but your teeth will thank you.

Cold things

Whether it’s ice cream, frozen yogurt or ice water, cold things have an equally uncomfortable feeling in your mouth if your teeth are sensitive.

Chewable vitamins

While vitamins can help keep you strong, chewing them isn’t so good for your teeth. The acid in them can bother your enamel. If you want to keep taking vitamins, take the kind you can easily swallow whole, or immediately swallow some water after chewing the vitamins.

Using good oral hygiene is a way to decrease the sensitivity of your teeth. Fluoride toothpaste is a must for keeping your teeth free of plaque and giving the enamel extra protection. If your teeth continue to be sensitive even after avoiding some of these foods, it’s time to schedule a dental visit.  


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