Ouch- there it goes again, your sensitive teeth. The smallest things can send shooting pain through your mouth: a cool glass of soda suddenly becomes your worst enemy. A bite of cake with frosting leaves you holding the side of your cheek. Having sensitive teeth is no fun at all, and most people would do anything to avoid that shocking feeling. If you can’t get to the dentist right away, here are some dental home remedies to try, which should tide you over until your appointment.
What are the Symptoms of Sensitive Teeth?
Discomfort in one or more teeth is the main symptom. It can fee like a mild irritation or a shocking blast, depending no the severity of your condition. It’s triggered by something coming into contact with the area of sensitivity in your mouth such as:
- hot food or drinks
- cold food or drinks
- sweet food or drinks
- sour food
- cold air
What Causes Sensitive Teeth?
When your gums recede they expose the layer underneath called dentin. Your gum tissue is what protects the roots of your teeth, so when it pulls back, the roots are exposed. Since they’re not protected by tooth enamel like your teeth are, the exposed roots are prone to sensitivity. It’s like touching a raw nerve when you have sensitive teeth. All the hot or cold food and drinks you consume can now reach the nerve center of your tooth, resulting in pain. So as you see, it’s not that you have sensitive teeth, it’s really that you have exposed tooth roots.
Here’s a list of things which can cause your gums to recede:
- brushing too hard
- tooth whitening products
- gum disease (gingivitis)
- teeth grinding
- acidic foods
- tooth decay
- plaque buildup
- chewing tobacco
Following is a list of home remedies for sensitive teeth. However, as you can see from the list of things that cause your gums to recede, some things must be checked out by a dentist.
Home Remedies for Sensitive Teeth
1. Fluoride rinse. You can use the stuff from a drug store- this helps with tooth decay too. Dab some directly onto the sensitive spot before bedtime and leave it there.
2. Desensitizing toothpaste. These special toothpastes will actually fill in the dentin.
3. Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Keep your teeth clean and protect them against plaque buildup.
4. Use a soft bristle toothbrush. A majority of the time, sensitive teeth is a result of brushing too hard or using a brush that’s too stiff.
5. Baking soda, sea salt & prickly ash bark. This is derived from a Native American recipe for healthy gums.
6. Vitamin B1 & thiamine. Take 100 mg per day.
7. Calcium hydroxyapatite. This will restore the enamel, which in turn will decrease sensitivity.
8. Clove Powder. Make a paste of clove powder and water, then dab it on the sensitive area after a meal.
10. Clove oil & cinnamon oil.
11. Echinacea. Put some in juice and drink 3 times a day along with Vitamin C. This acts as an antibiotic to kill infection that may be present in your mouth.
12. Aloe Vera. This can ease the inflammation.