Do your teeth hurt every time you eat a piece of candy or drink a glass of soda? The sugar in the those foods may be to blame for your discomfort. Dr. H.F. Wehbe, your West Roxbury, MA dentist, is here to explain how sugar affects teeth.
How does sugar affect teeth?
If you experience sensitivity after you eat sugary foods, part of your tooth enamel may have worn away. Your enamel cover the dentin layer of your tooth. The dentin contains tiny tubes that transmit sensations to the pulp at the center of your teeth. Since the tubes are normally covered by enamel, there's usually no problem when you eat sugar or eat or drink hot or cold foods. Unfortunately, when that protective layer of enamel is no longer present, exposure to sugar or hot or cold temperatures can cause pain in teeth.
What causes damage to my enamel?
Damage can occur if you brush your teeth too hard, have cavities or grind or clench your teeth. The sugars in the foods you eat combine with the bacteria in plaque to form acids that eat away at tooth enamel, causing cavities. In addition to damage from natural acids, problems can also occur if you consume acidic food and beverages, such as lemons, limes, oranges, soda, lemonade, sports drinks or wine. The longer the acids remain in your mouth, the higher the risk of enamel damage and tooth sensitivity.
How can I reduce sensitivity?
Using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth can help relieve your painful symptoms. Choosing healthier foods, rather than sugar-laden foods and beverages, will also reduce pain. If you do drink a soda or sports drink, it's important to drink the entire drink immediately to reduce the amount of time that your teeth are exposed to sugars and acids.
If these measures don't work, your West Roxbury, MA dentist can apply fluoride gel or varnish to your teeth to strengthen your enamel or apply bonding material to your teeth to cover the tubes in your dentin.
Are you tired of dealing with sensitive teeth? Call H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. - Family Dental Care in West Roxbury, MA at (617) 323-5000 to schedule an appointment. Dental treatment can help end the pain of sensitive teeth.
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