If you’ve ever suffered from sensitive teeth, you know the discomfort and pain cold foods and drinks can make you feel. There are, however, some ways to relieve pain that you can try at home before going to the consultation.
Sensitive teeth –or dentin hypersensitivity– usually affect people whose tooth enamel has been damaged or if the roots of their teeth have been exposed. Although cavities, chipped tooth or gum disease can also cause sensitivity. If you have an appointment with your dentist and you have to wait for a few days, here are some things you can do.
1. Get a desensitizing toothpaste
Desensitizing toothpaste can help block the nerve endings that usually trigger the pain, and stick to a soft-bristled toothbrush to prevent further damage.
2. Saltwater mouthwash
Gum disease and sensitivity can cause inflammation, by rinsing your mouth with saltwater you’ll be helping decrease inflammation and relieve pain.
Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of lukewarm water and swish around your mouth the solution for 30 seconds, spit it out and repeat it twice a day.
Honey can help reduce pain, swelling and inflammation.
In a glass of water mix a spoonful of honey and use it as a mouthwash, repeat it twice a day.
4. Hydrogen peroxide rinse
Hydrogen peroxide will reduce plaque, kill bacteria and heal bleeding gums, it can also relieve swelling and pain.
Mix three percent hydrogen peroxide with equal parts water, then swish around your mouth like mouthwash –make sure you don’t swallow the solution.
5. Peppermint oil
This essential oil has been used for years to treat toothaches as it has antibacterial properties and will help reduce pain.
With a cotton ball apply a few drops to the place where you feel pain.
Make sure you consult a dentist if the sensitivity continues.
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