Tooth sensitivity is inconvenient and a pain. When you know what causes sensitivity, you may be able to prevent it, but in the meantime, here are some home remedies for sensitive teeth you can do right away.
Home Remedies for Sensitive Teeth
Choose a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush
If you’re not using a soft-bristled toothbrush you’re likely causing more damage to your mouth than you should be. Rough bristles can actually be irritating your gums and/or damaging the surface of your teeth. If you are already using soft bristles, use gentle brush strokes when brushing your teeth.
Avoid Foods that Trigger Sensitivity
There are specific foods that can trigger your sensitive teeth and make it worse. Pay closer attention to your diet. Watch out for foods that increase tooth sensitivity. It is usually certain foods that are extreme in temperature (hot/cold), extremely sweet (sugar-rich), or even acidic.
Use Desensitizing Toothpaste
There are two types of desensitizing toothpaste in the market today: potassium-based and calcium-based. Try one out and then stick with it for at least 2-4 weeks. Most people use a potassium-based desensitizing toothpaste and they find that it works despite abrasion and erosion, but calcium-based toothpastes are also worth considering and, in some cases, can even offer a more instantaneous relief.
Natural remedies for sensitive teeth
- Vitamin B1 or thiamine may help reduce tooth sensitivity and pain. Check with your dentist for dosage recommendations.
- Calcium hydroxyapatite is a form of calcium that helps restore tooth enamel, reducing sensitivity and can be bought over the counter.
- Clove powder reduces tooth pain. Apply a small amount of the paste on sensitive teeth after every meal as directed by your dentist.
When to See Dr. Reese
Having sensitive teeth is like walking on tiptoes, afraid of triggering a painful episode. Make sure you’re doing everything you can to avoid making it worse. Be careful not to brush teeth too hard, watch acidic foods which strip tooth enamel, don't overuse mouthwash, which may have an acid effect on teeth, watch for decay at gum level and be alert to grinding teeth at night. All of these can lead to sensitive teeth.
If the above options aren’t making a significant difference and you are in the Indianapolis area, contact us and request an appointment. Dr. Reese can determine the most likely cause of your tooth sensitivity and recommend the best solution for your particular situation, call 317-882-0228 for an appointment.