Halloween has come and gone. I always use it as an excuse to stock up on candy in the event that trick-or-treaters might come. This year, with no kids lurking around to give candy to, I’ll try to consume the candy guilt-free and hopefully without toothaches.
Candy, hot or cold drinks can be sensitive to the teeth. Sensitive teeth can develop over time as the enamel (protective armor) wears, causing the dentin to become exposed. Once this is exposed it can trigger the nerves to stimulate – producing a short jolt of sensitivity. The decline enamel isn’t always the reason though, sometimes it’s due to a broken tooth, gum disease or a cavity. Experts recommend if the irritation occurs often, to see a doctor. To help you out, we compiled a list of habits to avoid if your teeth hurt.
Clenching or Grinding Your Teeth
That includes biting your nails, opening a package with your teeth, and grinding teeth at night. This causes the teeth to wear.
Acidic Foods and Drinks
Avoid acidic foods and drinks like citric fruits and juices, vinegars, wines, pickles and tonic water. It’s not to say don’t have them ever again, but make sure you’re sipping on water throughout the day as well to balance the liquid bath you’re giving your teeth.
Tooth Whitening Products
Whitening or bleaching teeth can cause pores in the enamel to open and expose the dentin – causing irritation.
Brushing Too Hard
Brush for two minutes, twice a day. Use your phone as a timer if you need to and be gentle.
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