• Treatments for tooth sensitivity

    Treatments for tooth sensitivity

    Regular dental appointments are equally as important as doctor appointments, especially if you begin to experience consistent toothaches after eating cold foods or beverages. Finding the source of your sensitivity is important to finding the right treatment. To ease the pain in the meantime, here are 3 home remedies you can try until your next dental appointment.

    1. Desensitizing toothpaste

    Desensitizing toothpaste contains compounds that help to shield nerve endings from irritants. The most active ingredient is potassium nitrate, a compound that blocks pain signals travelling from a nerve in your tooth to your brain. After a few uses, your sensitivity can reduce. Dentists also recommend using a soft-bristle toothbrush and low-acid or fluoride mouth rinses.

    2. Saltwater rinse

    Salt is an effective antiseptic and it can also help to reduce inflammation. It can alleviate pain symptoms from sensitive teeth, gargle with a saltwater rinse twice daily. To use a saltwater rinse:

    • Add ½ to ¾ tsp of salt to a glass of lukewarm water and mix well.
    • Swish the solution in your mouth for up to 30 seconds.
    • Spit out the solution.

    3. Hydrogen peroxide

    Hydrogen peroxide is a mild antiseptic and disinfectant. It is commonly used to help sterilize cuts, burns and other wounds to prevent infection. You can also use peroxide as a mouthrinse to heal gums and prevent inflammation. 

    • We recommend using Colgate Peroxyl mouth rinse

    While home remedies can temporarily relieve pain symptoms, there are some things you can do to prevent more damage to your teeth. Prevention methods include:

    • Maintaining good oral hygiene to keep your teeth and mouth clean
    • Using a softer brush to prevent irritation and abrasions
    • Limiting the amount of acidic foods and beverages you consume to prevent dissolving tooth enamel
    • Scheduling regular dental visits at your local Karalee Family Dental Clinic
    • Using a mouthguard at night if you grind your teeth

    There are numerous home remedies that you can use to treat oral pain and teeth sensitivity. Professional solutions to oral pain are recommended. Home remedies can alleviate pain temporarily, buto  may not cure the source of your discomfort.

    If your symptoms still persist after a few days, you may need additional treatment. Discuss your options with your Karana Downs dentist at your next appointment.

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