5 Foods to Avoid If You Have Sensitive Teeth

Posted on 7/24/2023 by Dr. Saklofsky
5 Foods to Avoid If You Have Sensitive TeethDentin hypersensitivity, simply referred to as tooth sensitivity, is a condition that affects most people in the world. Studies further show that the condition is common in people between the ages of 20- 50 years. However, the condition becomes more prevalent in women between the ages of 30 and 40 years.

Brushing your teeth too hard or grinding teeth can erode the enamel. This will expose the dentin, causing pain or discomfort when you consume hot or cold foods and beverages. Gum recession can also expose the teeth, which leads to sensitivity. Here are some foods that you should avoid if you have sensitive teeth.

Ice Cream

It's no surprise that ice cream is one of the worst foods for people who have sensitive teeth. This is because of the extreme cold temperatures of ice cream which are irritating to people with sensitive teeth. Additionally, ice cream contains a lot of sugar that can cause the teeth to decay, leading to further sensitivity.

Hot Beverages

Hot beverages such as tea, coffee, or chocolate can cause discomfort for people with sensitive teeth. In fact, when you add sugar to these beverages, the pain can even be worse. Moreover, the acidity of coffee may add to the pain experienced.

Alcoholic Beverages

If you have sensitive teeth, reduce your consumption of alcoholic beverages. This is because they contain high levels of sugar, which can add to tooth decay and increase sensitivity. Wine also contains high acidic content which also contributes to the discomfort.


People with sensitive teeth should avoid hard candies such as lollipops, spirit gummies, and peppermints. Candies are filled with sugar content, which may lead to tooth decay and increased sensitivity. These candies may also cause teeth to break or chip, which may also increase tooth sensitivity. People with sensitive teeth should also avoid sticky candies. They can stick to the teeth, which will cause discomfort.

Citrus Fruits

You should also try to avoid citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges, and tangerines. This is because of their high acidic content. This acid will wear out the enamel on your teeth, causing sensitivity and pain. Keep in mind that even consuming juices from these fruits will also lead to sensitivity.

As stated before, sensitive teeth can cause great pain and discomfort. Therefore, it is important to ensure that once you experience sensitivity, you visit a dentist, as ignoring this sensitivity can cause further problems for your teeth.
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