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Tooth sensitivity and home remedies

Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common reasons for which people visit a dentist. It is a sudden & sharp sensation, which is felt on the teeth when they are exposed to air, cold or hot liquids and even sweets. There are multiple reasons, which leads to tooth sensitivity. One of the reasons is aggressive brushing, improper brushing or using a very hard-bristled toothbrush. Another reason of tooth sensitivity could be your gum problems or clenching of teeth. It could be because of a number of reasons, like cracking of teeth, excessive consumption of acidic foods that is also an underlying reason for a cavity. So, there are certain ways to cure tooth sensitivity, we need to basically treat the underlying cause of it.

First step has to be correcting the way you brush i.e. using a soft-bristled brush and brushing with soft strokes. Second step will be seeing your dentist regularly and also if there is a cavity suggested by your dentist, then it needs to get treated because that could be the reason for your tooth sensitivity and in case of bruxism or clenching of teeth, we need to go for night guards. In short, if we are treating the cause, we are treating the problem. So, the bottom line is “Do eat your apples, but do see your dentist.”

Home remedies for toothache

Saltwater
Make a solution with a cup of warm water and a teaspoon of salt, swish this for two minutes and spit.

Cold compress
Applying a cold compress helps in tackling toothache. You can put an ice pack in a cloth and place it on your face to alleviate the pain.

Green Tea mouthwash
Green tea has numerous benefits, it possesses lots of nutrients and antioxidants. It also antibacterial in nature and helps in fighting oral pathogens responsible for tooth cavities.

Clove oil
Clove oil can temporarily reduce the tooth pain, and can also be helpful to treat swollen gums. You can clove oil solution on the affected area for temporary relief.

Guava leaf paste
Guava leaves are loaded with analgesic properties, which act against oral pathogens. Boil a few leaves of guava and make a paste out of it; gently apply it to the affected area.

Dr. Bhumika Madan
Sr. Consultant
Dentistry

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