During the winter months, many people enjoy the comfort of soup or hot cocoa. In the summer, ice cream and cold treats offer relief from the heat. Although these foods are enjoyable, people with sensitive teeth may view them as bittersweet. If you have sensitive teeth, anything from ice cream to coffee to even cold weather can trigger pain. If you’re looking for relief from sensitive teeth, here are a few remedies you can try at home.

Pastes

Sensitivity toothpaste is one of the best ways to relieve pain. Just dabbing a bit of the toothpaste on the sensitive spot should help you feel better. Some people opt to make a paste from turmeric, salt, and mustard oil. In India, turmeric has been used for centuries as an anti-inflammatory. Vanilla extract, though not technically a paste, can be applied to a cotton ball and pressed against the affected area for pain relief. This method commonly treats oral pain in babies. Clove oil works really well for any pain or swelling in the mouth too. Soak a Q-tip or a small cotton pellet with the oil and once again dab on the aching area.

Rinses

Routinely using oral rinses reduces and regulates tooth pain. Antiseptic solutions can treat and help prevent gum disease, also called gingivitis, which is known to cause tooth sensitivity. Salt water rinse can help some sensitivity. It’s also very good for helping gums heal. Honey is an antibacterial agent which can reduce sensitivity caused by gum disease. Mix honey into warm water to create a healing rinse. Swishing unsweetened green tea as a regular mouthwash can reduce inflammation while strengthening teeth.

Tooth sensitivity is a common occurrence, affecting as many as 1 out of every 6 adults. Various methods can treat both symptoms and causes of oral sensitivity. Among these methods, the most common are pastes (especially toothpaste) and rinses, including standard mouthwash and different types of home remedies. Although the suggested treatments can be effective, it is important to remember that these are all temporary fixes. Asante Dental is only one call away if you’re looking for a more permanent solution to all your oral aches and pains.