Seven At-Home Remedies for Sensitive Teeth

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If tooth sensitivity is getting in the way of you enjoying your morning cup of Joe, you may wonder what you can do about it. First, you need to find out why you have sensitive teeth.

Common causes of tooth sensitivity include:

  • Enamel erosion
  • Cavities
  • Tooth crack or chip
  • Gum recession
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Tooth impaction
  • Tooth infection
  • Sinus infection

If you are experiencing teeth sensitivity, Atlanta, GA dentist Dr. Richard L. Rodgers can determine the cause, then treat the issue so that it doesn’t continue to come back. Until your appointment with Dr. Rogers, try these seven at-home remedies:

1.    Oil Pulling

Two different studies in 2009 and 2015 determined that oil pulling with sesame or coconut oil have oral health benefits. Oil pulling may reduce plaque formation, interfere with bacterial growth, and remove germs and toxins from the surface of your gums. It also whitens teeth over time.

Dentists know that tooth sensitivity is more common among people with gum disease, so reducing plaque may slow the progression of gum disease. (It won’t reverse the effects. You’ll need to see the dentist for treatment of gum recession.)

To try oil pulling, take a tablespoon of melted sesame or coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for twenty seconds, spit it out, and rinse with warm water.

2.    Garlic Paste

The allicin compound found in garlic works to rid your mouth of harmful bacteria and soothe dental pain.

To make garlic paste, combine these ingredients:

  • One garlic clove, pressed
  • A couple of drops of water
  • Half a teaspoon of salt

Apply the paste to your sensitive teeth and leave it for ten minutes. Repeat this twice a day and you should soon notice a difference.

3.    Saltwater Rinse

Fight the bad bacteria in your mouth by using saltwater as a mouthwash. Combine half a teaspoon of salt with 8 ounces of warm water. Swish the saltwater around in your mouth for 10-15 seconds before spitting it out.

4.    Fluoride Toothpaste

Known as nature’s cavity fighter, fluoride helps prevent tooth decay. Ask your dentist which fluoride toothpaste will benefit you the most. Fluoride gels and mouthwashes are also available.

5.    Mouthguard

Bruxism, grinding and clenching teeth, is a serious dental issue and a common cause of teeth sensitivity. If your Atlanta, GA dentist determines that you have bruxism, he can take molds of your teeth and create a custom mouthguard for you to wear at night. It will protect your teeth against further damage.

6.    Honey and Warm Water

Honey has a variety of benefits, including the ability to speed up the healing process and reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation. It also fights harmful bacteria, like the ones that eat away at tooth enamel.

Mix honey and warm water and swish it around your mouth. Use this in the morning and at night until you notice an improvement in your teeth.

7.    Vanilla Extract

Vanilla has been used for ages to ease babies’ pain and discomfort during teething. It contains antiseptic, a substance that reduces the growth of disease-causing microorganisms, and it has pain-relieving properties.

Apply natural vanilla extract to a cotton ball and rub it along your teeth and gums for a few minutes to experience its benefits. Do this daily.

Contact Us in Atlanta, GA Today

Whatever the cause of your teeth sensitivity, you need to schedule an appointment with a dentist who can accurately assess your teeth and gums. Dr. Rodgers provides gentle, expert care that’s sure to improve your oral and overall health. Contact our friendly staff today at 404-577-6620.

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