What Foods To Avoid With A Bad Tooth

More often than not, a tooth will start to hurt when you already have an appointment to a dentist, usually about the tooth in question.  Most people care about their teeth enough to know that if a tooth doesn’t hurt, but is sore, swollen, bleeding or has an hole in it, an appointment still needs to be made, and one that is as soon as possible. In order to avoid emergency fees, it is wise to make this appointment before the tooth flares up and becomes insufferable. Here are some foods that often make a tooth that is already bad hurt. 


Nuts are hard and require quite a lot of force to break. Usually no one eats steamed or boiled nuts, except in pesto sauce. Nuts also have the capacity to break into small pieces and become lodged in sensitive areas, like the nooks and crannies of teeth, cavities on the tooth surface, or between the sensitive pockets between the tooth and the gingiva. This gap is sometimes enlarged when the gums are swollen or when periodontitis is present. 


Although the inside of bread is nice and soft and bread certainly isn’t thought of as a hard food, there are several situations in which bread can make the tooth flare up. First of all, a lot of bread has a hard crust. This crust can hit the tooth too hard and cause a pain reaction when biting down. The crust can also jam into spaces like the gap between the gums and the teeth or a larger cavity, and poke it. The occlusal force necessary to tear bread can also make a weak tooth flare up, and can cause pain reactions. When eating panini, the baked bread can be hard and sharp, and can poke or hit the tooth in question. Cut the crust of fof bread if you have a bad tooth, don’t take your chances.

Hot or cold

Depending on whether or not the tooth is still alive, it can react negatively to hot or cold drinks. Usually, it will just feel like a sharp jab to the sensitive tooth, and it will subside once the stimulus is gone. But sometimes the stimulus can trigger a more lasting reaction, and can cause the nerve to be inflamed. It is best to avoid very hot or very cold drinks when you have a problematic tooth.

Sugary foods

Sugars change the osmotic pressure in your saliva, and causes it to exert greater pressure. This can cause teeth to hurt, especially if they are aléready sensitive. Sugars also cause a proliferation of bacteria, and eating a lot of sugary foods may make the tooth flare up as it can cause the already existing bacterial load to become greater.

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