Tooth sensitivity is a common issue amongst adults especially as they get older, not only is it an extremely painful condition, it can cause a hindrance in day to day lives. Tooth sensitivity occurs when the layer of protection over your teeth known as enamel thins or when gums begin to recede, exposing the roots of the teeth, thus minimising the barrier the enamel and gums provide to the teeth in order to protect them from decay, diseases and sensitivity, leaving the teeth and gums vulnerable to germs, therefore prone towards toothaches.
Signs & Symptoms
The most prominent signs of tooth sensitivity are suffering from a throbbing sharp pain when the teeth come in contact with certain foods that are too hot or too cold. So, if you have ever experienced a throbbing pain in your teeth whilst eating ice cream, or when you take a sip of your morning coffee, this may be a sign of teeth sensitivity. It can be caused by rigorous brushing of the teeth thus reducing the enamel or by eating high sugar content foods or consuming sodas. It may occur as a minor tinge and escalate to a throbbing pain very quickly. There are a number of home remedies that can help relieve the pain, this includes using desensitizing toothpaste. However, if these home remedies do not make a difference and you may suspect that you are not suffering from tooth sensitivity but in fact gum disease or tooth decay it is essential you visit a dentist in case you need a root canal.
The following are home remedies that may help you in finding relief from tooth sensitivity;
1: Salt Water
Gargling salt water can be an effective solution, it balances the alkaline element in the mouth, reducing acidity, thus, making the mouth less prone to bacteria. Add 1 teaspoon of salt to lukewarm water and gargle, ensuring that every part of the mouth is cleansed with the salt water. Gargle for a couple of minutes and then spit out the water and rinse your mouth with clean water. Repeat this daily, twice a day. First thing in the morning and then before going to bed.
2: Baking Soda
If the enamel from your teeth has been reduced, it can be normalized by using baking soda, add 1 quarter teaspoon of baking soda to half a glass of water and rinse your mouth with it. However, this is not to be done every day, every other day would be sufficient because too much use of baking soda can in fact harm the teeth rather than strengthen them.
3: Coconut Oil
Rinsing your mouth with coconut oil is another effective measure to reduce cavity in the mouth and aides in reducing tooth sensitivity, coconut oil is an effective measure of eliminating bacteria from the mouth. Take 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and swirl it in your mouth making sure you effectively rinse every area of the mouth but do not swallow as the bacteria may be harmful. Do this for 15- 20 minutes everyday before you have breakfast, then spit out the oil and brush your teeth.