Sensitive teeth can be pretty painful. The good news is there are some sensitive teeth remedies you can practice at home to relieve the ache and even reverse the problem.
Enamel is the hard covering on the crown of your tooth, and according to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), it gets sensitive when it wears away, exposing the nerve underneath. The goal in sensitivity relief is to build up your enamel so that it protects the nerve from the things you eat and drink. Here are some healthy oral habits you can pick up at home to bring you sensitive teeth relief.
1. Brush Carefully
Brushing twice a day for at least two minutes is the best way to get rid of the sticky, bacteria-filled plaque that builds up on your teeth, notes the American Dental Association (ADA). Get the inside, outside and top of every single tooth with short back-and-forth motions. Brush with purpose, but be gentle. Overly aggressive brushing will damage your enamel and gums.
2. Try a Desensitizing Toothpaste
Look for products that include the ingredient potassium nitrate, which alleviates pain by blocking the message it sends to the nerves. Use a toothpaste formulated especially for sensitive teeth, like Colgate® Enamel Health™ Sensitive Teeth.
3. Wait a Bit Before You Brush
It might sound counterintuitive, but try not to brush your teeth right after you eat. Acidic and sugary foods cause a temporary softening of your enamel, and brushing during that time could be damaging. If you have something you know isn't great for your teeth, like a sticky doughnut or glass of red wine, wait a half hour before you brush.
4. Use a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush
Stay away from overly abrasive bristles, which can irritate your teeth and scratch your gums. Try something like a Colgate® 360°® Enamel Health™ Sensitive Toothbrush, which has soft bristles and polishing cups to clean your teeth gently.
5. Chew Sugar-Free Gum
Saliva is the blood stream of the mouth. It contains essential minerals that rinse your teeth of debris and strengthen your enamel in the process. To make sure you always have a good saliva flow, try chewing some sugar-free gum after a big meal.
6. Drink Fluoridated Water
Fluoride strengthens the minerals that saliva deposits onto your enamel, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Drink fluoridated tap water throughout the day to make sure you're receiving its powerful benefits. Keep in mind you can swish with it after meals, too.
7. Use a Mouthwash
It's easy to miss the spaces between your teeth, and that's exactly where plaque likes to hide. Flossing once a day and swishing with a rinse will help ensure you don't miss anything. Try Colgate® Enamel Health™ Mouthwash, Alcohol-Free. This product also helps replenishes calcium to your enamel.
Adding these sensitive teeth remedies to your oral health routine will bring relief and restore your enamel to make your mouth feel great.