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Why Does Eating Sweets Make My Teeth Hurt?

Halloween is right around the corner and you, like most people, are probably looking forward to munching on a few pieces of your favorite candy. Whether they are leftovers from your Halloween handouts or swiped from your kid’s overstuffed trick-or-treat bag, almost everybody enjoys a few pieces of candy this time of year.

Candy often makes an appearance as a movie night treat, a reward, an after-dinner indulgence, or a midnight snack. Candy is a popular part of a lot of special occasions, so it can be a real killjoy if your teeth hurt when you eat it. 

Keep on reading to understand why candy might be hurting your teeth and what you can do to fix it.

Why Eating Candy Hurts 

Why Does Eating Sweets Make My Teeth Hurt?

When people talk about tooth sensitivity, they are most likely envisioning cold and hot drinks and food as the culprit. Sweets, however, are also able to trigger tooth sensitivity and cause you pain.

This type of tooth sensitivity is a sign that you have ruined the enamel, the hard outer layer, of your teeth. This could be the result of consuming too many foods and drinks that are high in acid or brushing your teeth with too much force. No matter what the cause, the fact is that your tooth enamel is damaged.

Anytime tooth enamel disintegrates, it leaves the inner layer, known as dentin, exposed to outside elements, and because dentin is adjacent to the nerves in your teeth, having it exposed allows drinks, food, or air to aggravate your nerves.  

What to Do When Eating Sweets is Painful 

It is important to keep in mind that tooth sensitivity doesn’t happen consistently, but it often means there is an underlying issue that needs to be addressed. If the thought of eating a piece or two of candy is giving you pause, then it’s time to visit your dentist. Meanwhile, there are some things you are able to do to help relieve your tooth pain.

  • Start using a toothbrush with soft or extra-soft bristles.
  • Switch to a toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
  • Be careful of how hard you brush your teeth. 

At McBride Dental, we want to help you and your family do everything possible to have and preserve healthy teeth and gums. By scheduling regular appointments with your California family dentist and practicing the oral care techniques we teach you, your whole family will easily maintain teeth that are healthy, strong, and effective.

The San Marcos offices of Dr. Michael McBride are staffed with reputable, professional San Diego dentists that are ready to address any concerns you may have regarding common dental procedures, as well as preventative, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry. We also provide sedation dentistry treatments as an option for our patients with severe dental anxiety.

It is our job to help you and your family establish healthy dental habits to make sure that your teeth will always be there when you need them and your smile will always look great.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with a San Marcos dentist, please give us a call at (760) 471-1003 and speak with a trained member of our dental staff today.

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