Enemy #1: Cold Stuff
Thought you’d drown your sensitive-teeth worries in a tub of ice cream? Think again. Your enamel is like a coat that keeps your teeth from freezing when frosty treats hit their surface. When it’s worn down, cold stuff really hurts. Even breathing in cold air can lead to that unexpected zing of pain in your teeth.
Enemy #2: Hot Stuff
Just as you wouldn’t want to have boiling-hot water splashed on your skin, your teeth can’t handle hot temperature liquids like coffee, tea and soup when your enamel is worn down .
Enemy #3: Acidic Stuff
Love citrus fruits, tomatoes, pickles, sour candies, diet soda and wine? Your teeth don’t. They are acidic, and acid wears away at your enamel, making them more sensitive than ever .
Enemy #4: Sweet Stuff
Another acid culprit is sugar. The germs in your mouth love sugar, and the more you eat it, the more acid they make. We know many people have a sweet tooth, but some of the worst offenders to avoid are soda, sports drinks and juice .
Enemy #5: Hard Stuff
When you crunch down on ice, hard candies and nuts, it can cause cracks in your teeth, exposing nerves that get irritated when you chew .