Ouch! Where did that come from? Uh-oh! Did I just dislodge one of my crowns? There are some eating habits that we need to avoid if we don’t want to hurt our teeth. Today we are going to take a crash course in how to avoid hurting and damaging your teeth, by looking at some of the riskiest eating habits that can affect our chompers. Let’s get to it, shall we?
Foods and drinks that are too hot or cold
Temperature sensitivity is one of those eating and drinking things that affects quite a lot of people. Many people suffer from sensitive teeth which is far more apparent with hot food or beverages (such as a hot cup of coffee) and even more common when having cold food or beverages (like ice cream). The feeling is like a sharp pain emanating from within the teeth. Many people simply choose to avoid this food and drinks. However, you can help to ease the pain by brushing with a sensitive toothpaste. Sensitive teeth may also indicate an underlying issue such as some tooth decay or receding gums.
If you’re finding that you have some pain in your teeth after having sugary snacks, then it is best to avoid sugar if at all possible! Many people don’t know why sugar is destroying their teeth and will come across this pain after having chocolate as it coats the inside of their mouth and gets in all the grooves. If you have pain after eating sugary snacks or even drinks it may indicate another underlying problem. The issue here is generally either tooth decay, or teeth are wearing away at the gum line due to brushing too vigorously. For vigorous brushers, it is definitely time to switch up to a softer toothbrush.
Eating after a visit to the dentist
When you visit the dentist, the last thing on your mind is that your teeth might feel worse after you go there. “Didn’t I just go there to make my teeth feel better?”. You’re probably thinking to yourself. Well, this is true. The good news about eating after going to the dentist and it causing some pain is that this pain is generally temporary and a product of the treatment that you received at the dentist. This pain while eating will only last from a few hours to a few days after your visit.
A localised pain when you chew
If you are feeling pain every time that you bite down on something – anything – then you might have some issues here. Pain that happens when you chew down that feels like it is under a specific tooth or couple or teeth usually means that you have either tooth decay in there or a cracked tooth. These things need to be addressed fairly quickly, or they can get a lot worse in a not so long amount of time.
If you are suffering from tooth pain or sensitivity during or after eating or drinking, then it’s best to head along to the dentist as soon as possible to see just what is going on in there. While it may be a benign issue, it may be indicative of something a little more serious.
You should take regular trips to the dentist to ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy throughout your life. For most people, this means checkups about once every six months. If you feel like there is something going on a little out of the ordinary with your teeth this doesn’t mean that you need to wait until your next checkup – schedule in an appointment just to be sure.