Tooth sensitivity is a common problem that afflicts about 40 million people in the U.S. It is more likely to happen as we age.
It can be a result of a recent dental procedure, or it can be a message from your gums and teeth that there is an underlying problem. There are some foods that help to decrease tooth sensitivity with frequent use.
High Oxalate Foods
High oxalate foods, or foods that contain high levels of oxalic acid, can help to decrease tooth sensitivity over time. The oxalic acid, which may feel like a fuzzy film on your teeth when you eat these foods, can help to cover the dentinal tubules where the pain starts.
Examples of high oxalate foods include bananas, spinach, rhubarb, okra, sweet potatoes, potatoes with skin, beets, cocoa powder, miso soup, raspberries, and shredded wheat or brain cereals.
If you are prone to kidney stones, make sure you talk to your doctor about how much of these foods you can eat, as these foods are known to play a role in the development of kidney stones.
Dairy products can also help to decrease tooth sensitivity. They do this by protecting the tooth enamel. Dairy products, including milk, cheese, and yogurt, contain a protein called casein.
Casein helps to strengthen tooth enamel. In addition, dairy products help to decrease the negative effects acidic foods have on tooth enamel. And of course, dairy foods have calcium, which is good for strong teeth.
While these foods may help to decrease tooth sensitivity, there is no substitute for regular dental check-ups in our office and routine dental maintenance at home.
Ignoring tooth sensitivity and pain can lead to bigger problems later. Make an appointment with us so we can help to diagnose and treat the cause of your tooth sensitivity.