Hot and Cold: Foods That Can Aggravate Sensitivity

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If you find yourself frequently wincing from pain after eating certain foods, particularly hot and cold foods, you're in good company. Many people suffer from tooth sensitivity. However, there are certain foods that can make this sensitivity even worse. Avoiding the foods below, or consuming them in moderation, might help your toothaches become less frequent, and can lessen the amount of pain you experience.

Coffee and Tea
If you're sensitive to hot foods, coffee and tea are probably right at the top of the list of sensitivity-causing foods to begin with. But coffee and tea can cause sensitivity for other reasons, too. For instance, the acidity of coffee wears away at tooth enamel, making your teeth weaker and more susceptible to sensitivity and pain.
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Citrus
Citrus foods like lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit, and even strawberries can eat away at your enamel within moments of eating or consuming them. Even if you only have orange juice or some lemon in your water your teeth can still suffer from the acid level, leaving your teeth worn down and more sensitive.
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Ice Cream
Ice cream, milkshakes, frozen yogurt, and other cold treats are great for cooling off on a hot day. But they can also wreak havoc on your teeth. There's a reason why dentists and orthodontists don't want you to eat these foods.

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Not only will the biting cold aggravate your sensitive teeth, but the sugar content of most of these treats starts eating away at your teeth within just 20 minutes of consumption. This leaves your teeth more exposed, which often causes a higher level of sensitivity and higher pain levels when your teeth come in contact with hot or cold foods.

Soup
If you have a sensitivity to hot foods, you know how painful eating soup can be. However, by minimizing contact with your teeth you can help to reduce the pain of eating soup.

Many people sink their teeth into the soup when they eat it from a spoon. Instead, try cooling the soup off first by blowing gently on it, and then putting the whole spoon in your mouth, thus bypassing the tips of your teeth.
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How to Reduce Sensitivity
If these foods cause you pain, you don't necessarily have to write them out of your diet in order to find relief. There are many things you can do to reduce the pain caused by sensitive teeth. First, don't brush right after you eat acidic or sugary foods, as you will literally brush enamel off with the food.

Mar orthodontics recommends, swishing your mouth with water first, then wait at least a half hour, and then brush. Second, don't brush your teeth too hard. Soft, gentle brushing is good enough to get rid of the germs, and harsh brushing can wear enamel away.

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Finally, don't use tooth-whitening toothpastes if you suffer from sensitive teeth as the harsh chemicals can take away enamel along with the unwanted yellow tinge, thus causing your sensitive teeth to be even more sensitive.

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Rizwan Ahmad
About the Author:
This article is contributed by Brooke Chaplan and posted by Rizwan Ahmad Author and founder of myfoodforu blog He is a blogger from India and he loves to share his thoughts by writing articles on  the different topics related to humanity,

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