You may want to know what causes sensitive teeth and its home remedies to get relief are given.
Sensitivity cause tooth pain by eating or drinking hot or cold food and/or eating sour and/or sweet foods.
The following sensitive teeth remedies can be tried at home.
- Do not use hard bristled toothbrushes and do not brush your teeth too hard. This can wear down the tooth's root surface and create sensitive spots. Change your toothbrush if the bristles point in multiple directions.
- Use a soft toothbrush.
- Avoid eating too hot or too cold foods.
- Avoid eating acid containing foods.
- Use a desensitizing toothpaste which will block the tubes in the teeth that are connected to nerves, thus protecting the exposed dentin and treat sensitivity. The desensitizing toothpastes contain fluoride and potassium nitrate or strontium chloride. You will be more benefited if you massage this paste onto your gums with your finger after brushing and leave for some time.
Generally, the relief is noticed after the use of these products for more than a fortnight. Consult your dentist, he may apply a protective coating on your teeth.
- Give a fluoride rinse to your mouth once a day to help decrease sensitivity. It is available without a prescription.
- Brush your teeth with warm water.
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Causes of Sensitive Teeth
The natural question is what causes sensitive teeth. It is caused when the enamel of teeth is worn down or gums have receded, stimulating cells within tubes located in the dentin. The dentin is protected by gums and enamel shell of the teeth. But when this protection is reduced due to improper brushing or teeth disease or chipping or cracking of tooth, the microscopic holes in dentin transmits heat to the tooth nerve. This creates sensitivity.
Hot and cold temperature foods cause your teeth to expand and contract. This can lead to the development of microscopic cracks in the teeth over the time passing these sensations to seep through to the nerves.
Some toothpastes contain abrasive ingredients that may be too harsh for people who have sensitive teeth. Ingredients found in some whitening toothpastes that lighten and/or remove certain stains from enamel, and sodium pyrophosphate, the key ingredient in tartar-control toothpastes may increase tooth sensitivity.
In some cases, drinking diet soft drinks several times a day can cause sensitivity.
In some cases, tartar control toothpastes can cause teeth sensitivity.
No body should eat very hot or very cold foods or drinks, and never one after the other. The author of this article once ate a baked corn on the cob, not realizing very high level of heat captured in it. The hotness immediately transferred to the gums and root of two teeth causing severe pain and damaging the tooth instantly. Those two teeth later required root canal.