What Causes Sensitive Teeth And Which Foods Make It Worse?

09/06/2014 15:50 | Updated 10 June 2014

Over half of the population suffer from sensitive teeth, meaning some foods, no matter how scrummy, are just not comfortable to eat.

Ice-cream is a big culprit, and currently, food duo Bompas and Parr, have created an ice-cream in conjunction with Colgate Sensitive Pro Relief to test even the most sensitive teeth. But until we have a chance to try it, we wanted to know what exactly causes teeth sensitivity.

Harley Street dentist David Bloom told us some of the causes of sensitive teeth: "Gum recession due to age or improper tooth brushing, brushing with a very abrasive toothpaste, brushing incorrectly and/or brushing more than three times a day could result in a loss of enamel.

"Gum disease, which can result in gum recession or a chipped or fractured tooth may expose the dentine."

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"In addition, some dental treatments can cause sensitivity. Treatments such as teeth whitening, professional dental cleanings, having braces put on or getting a filling placed have been known to cause sensitivity during or after the procedure," he added.

However, David said that a major cause of sensitive teeth can be our diet.

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10 Foods That Make Sensitive Teeth Worse

"Regular consumption of foods with a high acid and/or sugar content can cause enamel erosion, leading to tooth sensitivity," he said.

As well as being the initial cause of teeth sensitivity, David explained why certain foods can make pain worse.

"When your enamel erodes, thousands of microscopic channels are exposed which lead to your tooth’s nerve centre.

"When your teeth make contact with something cold (like ice cream) or hot (like a cup of tea), or sweet and acidic foods, sensations are carried down these channels directly to the nerves, causing pain," he said.

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