|Ouch! My tooth hurts when I eat sweets!|
CAUSES OF TOOTH SWEET SENSITIVITY
- tooth decay due to presence of bacteria and exposed enamel and/or dentin
- exposed dentin and enamel from excessive toothbrushing and tooth grinding (ie. bruxism habit). Dentin and enamel exposure can also result from excessive eating and drinking acidic foods.
- broken tooth, exposing the tooth's inner layer
- lost filling, thereby exposing enamel and dentin
- tooth's nerve is exposed
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF SUGAR SENSITIVITYWhen eating foods or ingesting drinks that are sugary and these foods cause your tooth to be sensitive or painful, your tooth may be sweet sensitive. Usually once the food or drink is fully ingested the sensitivity will immediately go away.
WHY DOES SUGAR CAUSE MY TOOTH TO BE SENSITIVE?Sugar can be quite addictive and delicious, but sugars can also cause enamel to be worn away. The sweets in deserts, sugary carbonated drinks, etc. contain high amounts of carbohydrates that interact with bacteria in your mouth to form acids. Such acids cause enamel erosion, and as such higher amounts of sugar leads to greater acid production, and increased chance of sensitivity. Repeated constant exposure of sugars may eventually lead to tooth decay.
HOW TO TREAT SWEET SENSITIVE TEETHIf a tooth is sensitive to sweets, have your dentist evaluate the tooth. If it is due to tooth decay, a filling may be needed. If the sensitivity is due to a broken tooth, a filling or full coverage crown and root canal may be required. If the sweet sensitivity is due to exposed enamel or dentin, a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth may help, such as Sensodyne or Colgate Sensitive or Floridex.
A proper diet low in processed foods with high sugar contents like soda, cookies, and candies will help. Instead load up on fresh vegetables, fruits, and water. A diet low in acid may also help.
Brushing your teeth twice and flossing regularly is also recommended.
If you have any questions or concerns why your tooth is sensitive to sweets and sugars, be sure to consult your family dentist and dental hygienist.
Your gentle dentist in Bellevue and Redmond,
Peter Chien, DMD, MPH