Does that delicious scoop of ice cream make you winch every time you even think about it? Well, it is a sure shot indication that you might be suffering from what is Tooth Sensitivity.
At various times, many of us have experience that piercing pain that arises when ever we drink or eat something that is either too hot or too cold. Even flossing your teeth before bed or touching them might bombard you with a pain that is almost unbearable at times.
It has been found that the main reason behind this sensitivity is when the dentin or the middle layer of the teeth gets exposed. Since it contains the openings of the nerve endings/branching of the teeth, too cold or too hot water shocks these nerve endings which in turn react by shooting pain upwards towards the teeth and the gums.
We have always been told to brush our teeth well but if you do so with too much force or if you are using a bristle that is too hard, it might result in the wearing down of the tooth enamel which will definitely result in tooth sensitivity. Also eating too much of acidic foods have been known to result in the wearing down of the enamel. A cracked tooth or decay along the lines of the filling might also cause sensitivity in tooth. Another reason why tooth sensitivity might occur is because of excessive build-up of plaque which might result in some kind of a gum disease which might also cause tooth sensitivity.
If you think you might be heading that way soon there are certain ways in which you might be able to prevent tooth sensitivity and reduce the chances of your teeth getting affected.
Keeping Your Teeth Clean
Plaque has been found to be one of the main reasons for most gum and teeth disease. Which is why, it is necessary to get rid of it and not allow it to build-up. The only way to do this is to brush your teeth twice daily so as to make sure to clean them of all the remains of food items and also remember to floss every time you have had a meal.
Brushing too hard might injury the teeth enamels as well as make your gums recede exposing the roots, which would sooner or later result in tooth sensitivity. Invest in a toothbrush with soft bristle and brush gently. Rather than following the side to side routine in brushing, try the up and down motion. It not only helps clean your teeth but also massages your gums.
Change You Toothpaste
Toothpastes and mouthwashes with fluoride in them have been known to be better effect in fighting as well as in preventing dentinal sensitivity. You might also want to shift to using toothpastes that are specially designed for sensitive teeth and help in their protection as well as prevention thereof.
Grinding of the teeth is a very common occurrence among children but in adults it might lead to the condition that is known as Bruxism. It is not something that as an adult you might be aware of, since at times of stress or while sleeping, you might end up grinding your teeth and not having much of a recollection of it. If you feel you might be suffering from this, get help immediately, since the more you grind your teeth the faster they will end up with dentinal sensitivity. Ask your denstist for a teeth guard which might help you with the grinding during your teeth and remain extremely conscious of this condition when you feel stress out.
Avoid Acidic Food
Acidic food stuff strips the enamel of the teeth faster than any other edible stuff which is why, it is highly necessary to limit your acidic food intake as much as possible. Do not drink too much of tea or consume too much of tomatoes and citrus fruits, which are the main sources of acidic intake for us.
Give up the Tobacco
Chewing tobacco is equally harmful for the teeth as is acidic food, the worst part being that one gets addicted to it too soon. Even though most people think that it is not as harmful as smoking, it still does the exact kind of damage that smoking does to you. So give up when you have the time to prevent your teeth from getting affected.
Get A Paint Job
Even after trying the desensitising toothpaste, if you find that you are still getting affected by the problem, talk to your dentist about getting yourself a paint job done for your teeth. Not the kind for your home, but rather one that helps with creating a protective cover for your teeth. They contain fluoride varnish and in some cases plastic resins and are great desensitizing agents which also help in strengthening the teeth. They stay put for a couple of months, depending on the materials used, after which you might have to go for a paint job again.
Treat Receding Gums
Gum receding might be cause by a number of gum diseases and you should always be conscious about this because receding gums expose the roots of the teeth and might get affected if you brush too hard. Make sure to check out if your dentist might be able to rebuild or restore them with grating treatments or not.
But it is always important that to find out the exact cause of what might be causing the sensitive teeth before going in for any kind of surgery since it might always be taken care of by taking a few precautions.
If the pain is too much to tolerate at times, you might want to invest in some of the over-the-counter medicines that are available to help with numbing the pain. Make sure to consult your doctor before you use any of them.
The above steps should be taken in order to prevent one’s teeth from getting effected by sensitivity but if you are already suffering from it, there are a couple of home remedies that might help you with the pain and the discomfort as well as help you get over it.
Mustard Oil-Rock Salt Remedy
Mix a tablespoon of mustard oil with a tea spoon of rock salt and apply on your teeth using your index finger. Now massage this mixture on for 5 minutes and then leave it on for the same amount of time. Rise with lukewarm water. You will need to apply it for a minimum of a week before you start seeing any results.
Salt Water Remedy
Mix two table spoons of common salt in a glass of warm water and rinse your mouth thoroughly with this to two times a day to get rid of the pain associated with sensitive tooth.
Apply Cloves Oil
Cloves have been known to be anti-inflammatory as well as antibacterial. They are also known to have antioxidant and anaesthetic properties which are very good for the teeth and any associated pain that you might be feeling. Dip a small cotton swab in some clove oil and bite down to keep the swab in position over the affected area to ward of the pain instantly. If you do not have any clove oil handy, try chewing onto some cloves, they help just as well.
Apply Sesame Oil
Sesame oil has been known to help with the strengthening of the teeth as well as help with receding gums and tooth sensitivity. And a tea spoon in half a cup of water and swish in the mouth for a while and spit out. Being a good germ fighter, it will ease the pain greatly.
Apply Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has been known for helping cure many diseases but one of the many things for which it might be sued is to fight tooth sensitivity. Having antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, it is no wonder that using tea tree oil would help greatly. Make sure to dilute a tea spoon of tea tree oil in a cup of water before swishing your mouth with it, atleast two times a day.
Chamomile tea has been known for its calming effects on the nerves which mean that it does help in calming the sensitivity in the teeth since that is mostly caused by the shock felt by the nerve branches and opening in the corroded teeth. Drink a cup of this antibacterial tea whenever you feel pain or discomfort and see the pain get release quickly.
Aloe Vera Gel
This might seem to a very unlikely option since Aloe Vera is known for its effects on skin problems but the fact remains that it is anti-inflammatory in nature and as such helps with all kinds of pain. Break off a finger and squeeze out the gel and apply it in the raw form on your teeth. You will get relief in a few minutes at the most.