Tooth sensitivity can be a terrible experience. Whether it’s from drinking something hot or cold to something sweet, about 40 million people just in the United States alone experience some type of tooth sensitivity, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. If you are one of the 40 million people experiencing tooth sensitivity here are a few home remedies you can do to relieve the pain.
1. Salt water rinse. This is something simple you can do from your home because the salt acts as an antiseptic which will help reduce any inflammation from the sensitivity. You should use a salt water rinse 2 times a day by adding one-half to three-fourths tablespoon of salt to a glass of semi warm water and mix well.
2. Use desensitizing toothpaste. This toothpaste helps with sensitivity from the compounds (potassium nitrate) that help block nerve endings from pain. After using a few times, the sensitivity of your teeth will go down.
3. Honey & warm water. Many people don’t know that honey can be used as an antibacterial agent. Honey and warm water can speed up the healing process and reduce pain, inflammation and swelling. Rinse your mouth with warm water and then take a spoonful of honey and by doing this you will help endorse oral healing.
4. Green tea. Green tea is well known for its health benefits such as cancer and cardiovascular prevention. For tooth sensitivity make sure to use unsweetened green tea as a mouthwash 2 times a day to help strengthen your teeth and also reduce any inflammation you may be having.
5. Capsaicin. This compound is found in chilli peppers along with many other hot peppers. The capsaicin is what makes the peppers spicy and has been used to treat burning mouth syndrome because it reducing any pain or inflammation from tooth sensitivity. By using capsaicin as a gel through mouth rinse it may burn at first, but no worries it will eventually reduce any pain after a couple uses.
Although, these are just a few home remedies that can take away the pain for a little while it is important to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing once, limit yourself to acidic foods and drinks and most importantly see Philly Dentistry for your regular dental check-ups and cleaning. Call today to schedule an appointment 215-568-6222.