Do you find that you cringe with pain when you eat something sugary? If you experience tooth sensitivity due to eating a sweet treat, you’ve experienced some type of enamel damage, making your teeth sensitive. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to prevent this symptom.
Regardless of what type of food or drink causes your sensitivity – hot foods, cold beverages, or sweet items – a loss of enamel is the main culprit. There are many reasons that your enamel may be damaged, but the most common is consumption of too much acid. If you tend to drink a lot of soda and eat highly acidic foods, the enamel could wear away with time, and the result is that the sensitive, inner layers of the teeth become exposed. Then, sugary foods will have easy access to the nerves which they may irritate.
Another possible cause of sensitivity is damage or disease. An abrupt sugar sensitivity can be caused by oral trauma, as a fracture or crack could expose the nerves of the teeth. If the sensitivity is isolated to one part of the mouth, a crack may be the culprit, or a cavity might also exist.
If you are living with tooth sensitivity, there are a few things that may relieve your symptoms. First, switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush to minimize the stress you put on your enamel. Use a desensitizing toothpaste with fluoride, and spread a thin layer over the affected area before you go to bed each night. You should also avoid highly acidic foods, and if you grind your teeth, consider investing in a custom-fitted mouth guard.
You don’t have to avoid your favorite treats forever if you experience sugar sensitivity. Call our office today for an evaluation, and we’ll help you to create the best possible treatment program.