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Experiencing dental pain while enjoying dessert or candy isn’t fun! Nobody wants to feel discomfort when rewarding themselves with a sweet treat, but unfortunately it’s a common frustration for many people. If you’ve ever wondered, “Why do sweets hurt my teeth?” we can help you find the answer.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity can be triggered by many things such as extreme hot or cold temperatures from soups or ice creams, very sweet foods like candy and desserts, or chewing that puts pressure on tender teeth or gums.
To make things simple, the underlying cause of tooth sensitivity is that the nerves of your teeth are on high alert. It is a good thing that your nerves give you these pain signals as warnings because it can tell you when something isn’t right so that you can fix it before it causes problems, but sometimes your nerves can also become over-stimulated which can lead to extra and unnecessary pain signal alerts being sent to your brain when your teeth aren’t actually damaged or in danger of damage.
When Should You See a Dentist?
If you’re experiencing dental discomfort from things that you normally enjoy, and it’s to the point where you’ve begun wondering “Why do sweets hurt my teeth?” then that’s a clear sign that it’s time to check in with your dentist. Your dentist can examine your teeth and determine the cause, then let you know what may be done to fix it. Nobody should have to experience dental discomfort.
How Do You Fix Tooth Sensitivity?
In some cases, dental discomfort may be caused by tooth decay or a cavity. In this situation, your dentist will recommend removing the damaged part of the tooth and restoring it with a filling to protect it from future damage as well as things that may trigger sensitivity. Your dentist may also recommend fluoride to remineralize your teeth and help strengthen them against cavities.
Sometimes sensitivity is caused by gum disease, in which case your dentist may recommend a new home care regimen or a professional deep cleaning to help your gums heal and become healthy again so that they are less tender.
If your tooth sensitivity is brought on by over-stimulation of your nerves, it may be happening because your bite is uneven, causing extra pressure to impact the nerves, and your dentist may simply need to file an edge of a tooth a very small amount so that your teeth fit together more evenly. Or your dentist may recommend a sensitive toothpaste which can help to guard against sensitivity.
Call for an Appointment
Whatever the answer is to the question “Why do sweets hurt my teeth?” your dentist is here to help! You shouldn’t have to suffer. Call as soon as possible to find out what’s going on so that you can get back to enjoying your favorite treats without discomfort!
Call our Memphis, Jackson, Oakland or Bartlett dental offices to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.