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According to the Journal of American Dentistry, roughly 1 in 8 people suffer from tooth sensitivity. Whether your sensitivity is due to genetics or your sensitivity is triggered by controlled variables like improper brushing or too much sugar, Aubrey Baudean DDS is here to help!
Find permanent relief from your tooth sensitivity by following these seven proven ways to treat tooth sensitivity at home.
Determine What’s Causing Your Sensitivity
Your tooth enamel provides a protective outer layer to your teeth. When the enamel on the surface wears down, your teeth become susceptible to an increase in sensitivity from things that are too sweet, acidic, or foods and beverages that are hot and cold. Once the nerves in a tooth become irritated, shock sensations start to radiate through the tooth. This type of sensitivity can last for minutes or hours, and certain factors can trigger tooth sensitivity, including
- Improper brushing
- Periodontal disease
- Tooth decay
- Exposed roots at the gumline
- Aggressive brushing
- Wearing away of the enamel
If your tooth sensitivity is the result of tooth decay, disease, or another dental issue, your dentist can help you find relief. If your sensitivity is habit-based or hereditary, these simple tricks can help relieve tooth sensitivity.
Switch To a Desensitizing Toothpaste
Many dentists recommend patients experiencing sensitivity to brush with a desensitizing toothpaste. This specially-designed toothpaste contains compounds that help to shield nerve endings from irritants. The most active ingredient is potassium nitrate, a compound that blocks pain signals traveling from a nerve in your tooth to your brain. After a few uses, your tooth sensitivity should begin to diminish.
Use a Remineralizing Mouthwash
Incorporating an over-the-counter fluoride mouthwash can help strengthen your tooth’s enamel layer, which will help protect against tooth sensitivity. Fluoride can also protect against tooth decay and cavities while remineralizing soft spots. Use fluoride mouthwash daily after brushing your teeth, and avoid eating or drinking for at least 30 minutes.
Rinse With Salt Water
Salt is a common household item that can help to reduce inflammation thanks to its natural antiseptic qualities. Gargling with a saltwater rinse twice a day will give your teeth relief while rinsing away harmful bacteria.
An effective saltwater rinse includes ½ to ¾ tsp of salt mixed into a glass of lukewarm water. Swish the mixed solution in your mouth for up to 30 seconds, and do not swallow the solution after use.
Rinse With Hydrogen Peroxide
Much like a salt water rinse, a hydrogen peroxide rinse can relieve pain and swelling in the mouth. In addition to killing harmful bacteria, hydrogen peroxide can aid in reducing plaque buildup and heal bleeding gums. Additionally, some studies suggest that using a hydrogen peroxide mouthwash can reduce symptoms of gingivitis. To create your rinse, mix 3% hydrogen peroxide with equal parts water. Swish it around in your mouth, and never swallow the mixture.
Try a Few Drops of Clove or Peppermint Oil
Clove oil and peppermint oil both work to relieve pain and reduce the swelling that stems from a toothache, causing sensitivity. Clove oil is useful because it contains eugenol, a natural anesthetic. Peppermint essential oil has antibacterial properties that can temporarily reduce tooth pain for short-term relief. Use a cotton ball to apply a few drops of either oil to the affected area.
Stop Using All Whitening Products
Both at-home whitening kits and in-office treatments can lead to tooth sensitivity. If you’re suffering from sensitivity after using whitening treatments, be sure to let your dentist know at your next exam. It is possible to achieve a whiter smile without using harsh bleaching compounds, and many at-home whitening brands have specially designed kits for those sensitive to whitening products.
Tooth sensitivity home remedies only provide temporary relief. Always consult with your dentist if you are suffering from consistent tooth sensitivity or tooth pain. A thorough dental examination explains the root of your tooth sensitivity and helps our team at Aubrey Baudean DDS find a permanent solution for your sensitivity.