If you cringe in pain when you eat cold foods or drink hot coffee or tea, it may be a sign that you are experiencing tooth sensitivity.


Hot or cold foods, as well as sugar rich and acidic diets are proven to cause discomfort for people with sensitive teeth.


Foods to avoid if you suffer from sensitive teeth include ice cream, sodas, red wine, juices, candies, coffee, fruits, yogurts, and even pickled products.

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    Ice Cream

    Most people with dentin hypersensitivity struggle eating foods with extreme temperatures and ice cream is one of the top offenders. Not only does the cold temperature cause sufferers discomfort, because this delicious dessert contains high amounts of sugar that can be broken down by bacteria on the teeth and lead to decay, it can cause even more damage to sensitive teeth.

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    Hard candies, sour candies, gummies, and all other sweets alike may stimulate tooth sensitivity. Additionally, the higher amounts of sugar that almost all candies are made from make them some of the most detrimental foods you can eat when it comes to your teeth because of tooth decay. Rinse consistently and eat sparingly to protect sensitive teeth from the sweets!

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    Alcoholic Beverages

    Moderate consumption of beer or liquors may add to tooth decay, and can increase tooth sensitivity due to the alcoholic beverage’s high sugar content. Wine also may increase symptoms of tooth sensitivity due to its acidic content which is also a stimulus.

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    Even healthier beverage options such as juices and sports drinks still are made with plenty of sugars and acids. This doesn’t mean you can’t have orange juice with breakfast or a thirst-quenching sports beverage rich in electrolytes during exercise, but rather that you should practice proper, consistent oral care and be mindful of your overall dietary choices to protect your teeth from sugary and acidic foods.

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    Coffee is a crucial part of the daily routine for millions of people. Many have a cup or two at breakfast and keep themselves fueled with it throughout the day. Unfortunately, the temperature of coffee, its level of acidity, and often the tendency for people to drink it with added sugars make it a concern for individuals experiencing sensitive teeth.

Choosing the Right Routine

A simple, everyday way to reduce the tooth pain caused by this damage is to brush as instructed by your dentist and to use a soft-bristled toothbrush, but rinsing with LISTERINE® Sensitivity mouthwash can allow for 24-hour relief and protection with continued use so that you don’t have to give up eating the foods you love.