Sensitive teeth have been becoming much more common, causing discomfort to millions of people and becoming a much more frequent complaint in our practice, Mark W. Langberg, DDS, MAGD, PC . While receding gums, cavities, loose fillings or cracks are chief causes of tooth sensitivity, the increasing popularity of acidic foods and especially drinks (think sports drinks) have created a generation of dental hypersensitives.
It turns out that citric foodstuffs like lemons, tomatoes, pineapple, apple sauce, pickles, strawberries and vinegary salad dressings can erode and eat away at tooth enamel over time and aggravate sensitivity. Drinks high in citric acid and sugar (think orange juice, lemonade, wine, soda pop) only worsen the erosion. Soda also contains phosphoric acid, a potent enamel etcher. A recent study has shown that frequent drinking of most sports drinks are particularly bad for our teeth and have caused an epidemic of eroded and sensitive teeth among our youth. [Read more…]