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Home Remedies for sensitive teeth

home remedies for sensitive teeth
Published By Dr. Rachel Hall at 22 November, 2022

If you have sensitive teeth and dread cold or hot foods and drinks then try these home remedies for sensitive teeth.

Tempted to bite right into an ice block or ice cream but your tooth says no? Teeth Sensitivity symptoms can range from mild unpleasant reactions to hot and cold to pain even on brushing!

Teeth sensitivity to cold, sweet, and acidic food is the most common experience, the discomfort can arise due to a number of reasons and you should get a dental check-up to rule out tooth decay, failed fillings, cracked teeth or issues with the dental nerve.

When it comes to sensitive teeth the most common cause is receding gums from gum disease or over-scrubbing your teeth.

Fortunately, there are many DIY tips and teeth-sensitivity home remedies that can be effective! 

Stop Sensitive Teeth With These Home Remedies

1. Desensitising Toothpaste

Assuming you don’t have any active dental disease or infection, swap your current toothpaste with the one that’s made just for sensitive teeth. Use the desensitising toothpaste twice a day and you should see a noticeable difference in a couple of weeks.

2. Saltwater Rinse

If the sensitivity is coming more from gum tissues then a warm saltwater rinse can ease the irritation and be a good teeth sensitivity cure.

Put one teaspoon of table salt in a glass of warm water. Once it is fully dissolved, rinse it around your mouth for several seconds to relieve the teeth sensitivity pain.

3. Clove Oil

Teeth sensitivity remedies can include this natural pain reliever if you have no allergy to it. You can apply clove oil directly to the tooth with a cotton ball, be careful not to get it on the gums as it can cause irritation and ‘burns’.

4. Garlic

This might be a bit socially taxing but garlic contains allicin which reduces bacteria and soothes pain proving to be a great natural remedy for sensitive teeth.

Sliced garlic can be applied directly to the sensitive teeth, or a paste can be made by combining a clove of garlic with a few drops of water and a half teaspoon of salt. It should be left on the teeth for eight to ten minutes, twice every day.

5. Use a Soft Toothbrush

A soft-bristled brush and the right brushing technique can be a good teeth sensitivity cure. Stiff bristles and abrasive toothpaste are harsh on our enamel. It leads to more wearing off of the topmost layer, exposing the dentin inside the tooth and eventually causing teeth sensitivity pain.

6. Oil Pulling

Used for many years as an oral health aid, coconut oil swishing in your mouth for 2-5 mins can promote healthier gums and teeth. Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and helps reduce tooth sensitivity.

7. Diet Control

Avoid or reduce foods that teeth sensitivity symptoms worse like carbonated drinks, acidic beverages, pickles, soda, sugary liquid/food, sticky chocolates, toffees, and frozen or hot food items.

Fruits and vegetables high in oxalic acids such as spinach, bananas, and rhubarb help to plug up the tiny tubes where sensitivity and pain originate relieving your teeth sensitivity symptoms.

Sensitive Teeth Dentist Kenmore

If your tooth sensitivity persists for more than a few weeks, you should schedule an appointment so we can identify the causes of your teeth sensitivity and recommend the best course of treatment to relieve your pain. 07 3720 1811.

Causes of Teeth sensitivity

Sensitive teeth can be due to wear, attrition or erosion – the thinning or wearing off of your topmost enamel layer, or could be an indicator of an initial cavity, a leaky old filling, or a traumatised tooth nerve.

So don’t just think these home remedies for sensitive teeth can fix all your dental issues – make sure you get your teeth checked to rule out dental disease or problems that could get worse without the correct treatment.

Sensitivity teeth commonly involve root exposure in cases of gum recession or could simply be due to chemicals in your whitening toothpaste for example.

Teeth sensitivity is also related to underlying medical conditions like reflux, GERD, Bulimia, and nighttime teeth clenching and grinding.

The origin of sensitivity needs to be identified and the issue needs to be resolved by your dentist.

Visiting your dentist regularly can prevent dental disease.

The longer you wait to see your dentist, the bigger and costlier the problem gets. So let’s all do our bit in taking care of that beautiful smile and helping you avoid expensive and uncomfortable dental issues.

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At Evolve Dental Kenmore we are here to support you with all your dental needs from regular check-ups and gum care to restorative dentistry, teeth whitening, orthodontics and holistic dental services such as safe amalgam removal.

Call us today to book your appointment on 07 3720 1811.

  • Dr. Rachel Hall

    Dr. Rachel Hall

    Rachel is the founder and principal dentist at Evolve Dental Healing with over 30 years experience, practising holistically since 2001. Not your typical dentist, Rachel is a passionate opinion leader, challenging convention to empower people to make better dental and health choices, helping thousands to have healthy natural smiles. A respected writer and presenter on holistic dentistry, health and wellness it is Rachel’s mission to revolutionise the way people look at their dental health.

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