If your teeth ever hurt after eating, the cause could be a highly acidic food, which is a known cause of sensitive teeth. Acidic foods and drinks can remove small amounts of tooth enamel over time, exposing the nerve center in the the inner layer of your teeth. To help you navigate around this problem, we offer a list of foods and drinks to enjoy in moderation, and simple tips for making your teeth less likely to be sensitive in the first place.
Acidic Foods That Can Cause Sensitivity
Topping the list of high-acidic foods are citrus fruits, tomatoes, yogurt, sour cream, pickled foods, carbonated beverages, and wine. Beef, fish, fowl, beans, and most grains are also moderately acidic. Many of these foods are good for you if you don't overdo it. Fortunately, there's no need to stop eating them, as long as you take a few simple precautions.
How to Enjoy Acidic Foods Without Sensitivity
The simplest thing you can do to deal with the problem is use a desensitizing toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. There are a variety of desensitizing toothpastes to choose from. The positive effect is not immediate, but you should notice some reduction in your tooth sensitivity after brushing only a few times.
Using a soft toothbrush will also likely help. And be sure not to brush or floss too vigorously. Brushing hard is not only unnecessary, but it can wear down the enamel and create sensitive spots. As a rule of thumb, if the bristles on your toothbrush are pointing in different directions, you're brushing too hard.
It's also a good idea to include low-acidic foods in your diet, which can help neutralize harmful effects of high-acidic foods. And one last tip: When drinking high-acidic beverages, using a straw will limit contact of the fluid with your teeth. (You might get some strange looks, though, if you're seen drinking wine from a straw!)
Of course, overly sensitive teeth could be a symptom of other dental problems, too. So if eating and drinking is causing you any pain, be sure to contact us to set up an appointment at our office today!