Natural Ways To Reduce Tooth Sensitivity
Written by: Brandi Monasco
Do you ever wince when you take a drink of cold water? Or maybe eating frozen fruit has your mouth in pain? If this sounds like you, you could have sensitive teeth. And sensitive teeth are awful!
If you have sensitive teeth, you know all too well that eating certain foods or drinking certain drinks – or maybe even brushing and flossing your teeth – can cause pain.
In a normal, healthy mouth, the enamel layer on your teeth – which is the hardest substance in your body – actually protects your teeth. The enamel is made up of different minerals and is a semi-translucent white or grayish color.
The role of enamel is to protect your teeth from decay, which can be caused by a variety of things. Therefore, it is always important that you take care of the enamel on your teeth.
Once the enamel is destroyed, there is no replacing it. The nerve endings of your teeth, which are located in your gums, can become irritated and you will be left with a sensitive feeling.
Also, when the enamel is weakened and broken down, you are left with exposed dentin, which are very tiny, tube-like canals in your teeth. When the dentin is exposed, you get the sensitivity.
Here are a few reasons why the enamel can break down, causing tooth sensitivity:
- You Eat Acidic Foods. Any acidic food or drink, such as pickles and orange juice, can cause your tooth enamel to weaken and break down.
- You Grind Your Teeth. Grinding your teeth will cause your enamel to break down.
- You Use Tooth-Whitening Toothpaste Or Mouthwash. The chemicals that manufacturers use in their tooth-whitening toothpaste and even the alcohol in mouthwashes can break down your enamel, leaving you with sensitivity.
- You Have Gum Disease. Receding gums or gingivitis can cause sensitivity.
Here’s what you can do naturally to help your sensitive teeth:
- Change The Way You Brush. To prevent sensitivity, you need to keep plaque buildup on your teeth down to a minimum. In order to do this, you need to brush your teeth. If you are brushing your teeth once per day, that may not be enough. Switch to brushing twice per day. Also, make sure that when you’re brushing that you’re not pressing hard on your teeth or gums, which can lead to more sensitivity and damage. You should also take note of how you brush. If you brush up and down, that’s ineffective. Try brushing in small circular motions. This will remove plaque better.
- Change Your Toothbrush. A hard bristled toothbrush may feel like it’s doing a better job, but in all reality, the hard bristles are actually very abrasive to the layers on your teeth and can eventually end up causing more damage than good. Try opting for a softer brush.
- Use Clove Bud Essential Oil. After you brush your teeth, add one drop of clove bud essential oil to about ¼ cup of warm water. Make sure you mix the water around to mix the oil in as best as you can. Dip your toothbrush in the mixture, brush an area and then repeat until you have brushed all areas of your teeth. You can also take the left over mixture and use it as a mouthwash. Be sure not to swallow and not to use too much oil as it can irritate your gums and skin.
- Avoid Acidic Foods. If acidic foods bother you, this should be a no-brainer. If you find that you can’t stay away from acidic foods or drinks, try drinking with a straw so that your teeth will have less contact with the acid.
- Use A Night Guard. If grinding your teeth is what is causing sensitivity, try wearing a night guard when you sleep. This can help prevent you from grinding your teeth, which can result in damaging them. You can get a night guard specially fit for your mouth from your dentist, or you can find one over the counter that will mold to the shape of your teeth.
Do you experience tooth sensitivity? What natural remedies have you tried? Share with us in the comments below.
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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