Have you noticed that your teeth are a bit sensitive to hot and cold foods? Sometimes this is a sign of a more serious issue, like a cavity, but usually it is just a sign that your enamel has worn a bit thin or you're suffering from a little gum disease. These are issues you can address at home. Try these three home remedies for sensitive teeth. If they don't work within a week or two, then you should seek treatment from your dentist because you may be dealing with a bigger issue.
Use a sensitivity toothpaste.
If your sensitivity is caused by thin, weak enamel, using a sensitivity toothpaste will really help. These toothpastes are designed to help close the little holes in your enamel through which your nerve endings are exposed to heat and cold. You should notice that your sensitivity diminishes within just a few days of use. As you continue to use the toothpaste, the sensitivity should get less and less pronounced before disappearing completely. Make sure you follow the instructions on the toothpaste label. Most products are intended to be used twice per day, but some should only be used once per day. (You'd brush with normal toothpaste during your second daily brushing session.)
Rinse your mouth out with salt water.
If you are suffering from a little gum disease, your gums might be receding, exposing the more sensitive areas of your teeth that are usually hidden beneath your gums. Treating your gum disease will help get rid of this issue, reducing sensitivity. One of the simplest ways to deal with gum disease is simply to rinse your mouth out with salt water two or three times per day. The salt will help kill oral bacteria that cause gum disease, and it also helps draw inflammation out of your gums. You should notice an improvement within a few days.
If your gums have begun to form pockets or you can actually see them receding, then you are dealing with a more serious case of gum disease and need to seek treatment from your dentist.
Use a softer toothbrush.
You don't need a stiff, rough toothbrush to clean your teeth. In fact, if you're using an overly rough toothbrush, this might be why your teeth are sensitive. Such brushes can weaken your tooth enamel, exposing those dentin tubules in which the nerves are located. Switch to a softer toothbrush, and you should notice your sensitivity diminish over time.
If you implement the changes above and don't see an improvement in your sensitivity within a week or two, see a dentist like Dentist East Kildonan Kelvin Dental Group. You probably have some tooth decay that is contributing to your sensitivity, and your dentist will need to treat it with a filling or crown.