One of the most common problems we see in clients visiting Ollie & Darsh HQ is complaints about sensitive tooth pain.

It has multiple possible causes, from enamel erosion, cracked teeth to night time teeth grinding. Regardless of the cause, it’s a niggling issue that can really negatively impact your ability to enjoy some of your favourite treats because of the pain and discomfort it causes.

As summer is fast approaching let’s take a look at some of the seasonal treats that may cause you some pain and the best solution to any sensitivity you may be experiencing.

Ice lollies

It’s midday at the height of summer and you’re parched. What’s better than a cool, refreshing ice lolly? If you suffer from sensitive teeth, this summer favourite might not provide the relief you think it will. Excessively cold foods are likely to play havoc with your sensitive teeth so they’re best avoided until you have the problem under control.

Cold drinks

We all need to quench our thirst when the summer heat is at its peak; a cold beer, an icy lemonade or even a frozen cocktail after work. Uh-oh! These enjoyable summer treats are sometimes the cause of great pain for those with sensitive teeth. Try taking your drinks without ice for a while and maybe leave those crushed ice cocktail to one side for a while.

BBQ food

Who doesn’t love a barbeque in the sun? Those longer nights are perfect for entertaining your friends in the garden and enjoying something yummy straight off the grill. However, very hot food (or drinks) can be a trigger for sensitive tooth pain. Let it cool off before you enjoy that delicious burger.

Crunchy fruits & veggies

Speaking of barbeques, another feature is the fresh side salad to accompany your grilled masterpieces. If you’re a fan of crudités – maybe something like raw carrots – you might want to think twice before biting down on these crunchy snacks. Biting down on very hard foods can sometimes impact the level of sensitivity you experience.

Acidic fruit

Because any acidic food can strip the tooth of its protective enamel, summery citrus fruits like oranges, limes and lemons can be causes of sensitive teeth, so they’re certainly best reduced or even avoided if you’re suffering. Plus, if you’re already experiencing sensitivity then eating more acidic fruit will increase your discomfort.

Ice cream

Ah ice cream! Everyone’s favourite summer dessert. Not if you’re a sensitive teeth sufferer! We know it’s a delicious treat in the warm weather but ice cream is a number one culprit when it comes to sensitive tooth pain. Best avoided until you’ve got the pain under control, we’re afraid.

There are plenty of specialist toothpastes aimed at treating sensitive teeth that you can buy in most shops. However, if you’ve tried treating your sensitive teeth yourself and the symptoms are not going away after a few weeks then you need to seek professional treatment.

Here at Ollie & Darsh we are perfectly equipped with state of the art equipment, the latest industry insights and sophisticated products all as part of our general dental health service. If you would like to speak to one of the expert team here at Ollie & Darsh then all you have to do is book your free consultation today or contact one of our amazing team.