Are your teeth sensitive to sugar? It’s common for most people to experience sensitivity to extremely cold foods such as ice cream, or very hot foods. But if you’re wondering, “why do my teeth hurt when I eat sweets,” it’s a great idea to learn about the effect that sugar can have on your teeth. Understanding sugar sensitivity can explain why you experience sensitivity or even pain when you eat sweets.

In this article, we’ll introduce the subject of tooth sensitivity and talk about how your teeth can become sensitive. Next, we’ll talk about the effect that sugar has on your teeth. Finally, we’ll talk about some solutions you can use to relieve any pain caused by sugar.

Explaining Tooth Pain and Sensitivity

Many people think of teeth the same way they think of bone as “dead” parts of the body, similar to hair or nails. On the contrary, however, teeth are very much “alive.” Far below the tough layer of enamel that gives them their characteristic sheen are delicate nerves and blood vessels. These form part of the innermost layer of each tooth called the pulp. This pulp is protected by a layer of dentin, a less dense layer containing microscopic holes and tubes.

Losing enamel on the uppermost layer of the teeth exposes the dentin to the environment of the mouth. Since the dentin isn’t meant to be exposed, any stimulating foods or beverages can come into contact with it and cause a sensitive or painful response. Hot, cold, sugary, or acidic foods can all cause this. Even brushing, flossing, and drinking a glass of cold water can cause sensitivity.

So we understand that enamel loss is responsible for sensitivity and pain. But what causes this loss in the first place?

Why Do My Teeth Hurt When I Eat Sweets?

Sugary drinks and sweets are often the cause of enamel loss in the first place. Because oral bacteria thrive on sugar, they consume it and produce acidic waste as a byproduct. This acid creates a hostile environment in your mouth, weakening and dissolving tooth enamel over time. Thus, this results in cavities and tooth decay, not to mention compromised enamel.

Then, when you consume these sugary sweets, they can trigger sensitivity, discomfort, and pain.

If you’re affected by tooth sensitivity and notice the presence of cavities or wear on your teeth, visiting a dentist to get treatment is a good idea.

Treatment Options and Conclusion

A dentist specializes in treating sensitive teeth based on your individual needs. They might suggest one of several treatments, such as:

  • Toothpaste for sensitive teeth. These special kinds of toothpaste contain ingredients that block pain signals from the tooth.
  • Fluoride varnish. The dentist will apply a special layer of varnish that will help dampen pain signals from the nerves in the tooth and strengthen your tooth enamel.
  • Decay Removal and Cleaning. Your dentist will remove any tooth decay and bacterial debris from cavities and determine the need for a restorative option.

Restorative options include crowns, dental composites, and even a root canal or tooth extraction if your sensitivity is causing significant discomfort. Naturally, your dentist will discuss these options with you to determine the best course of treatment.

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