What is Teeth Sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity that affects a number of people at any stage of life. It is often caused by eating or drinking something hot, cold, sweet or acidic etc. Its heappen for gradual exposure of the softer part of your tooth that lies under the tooth enamel, called "dentine". Teeth Sensitivity is also known as Dentin hypersensitivity. Dentine has tiny tubes ('tubules') that lead to the nerve and are filled with fluid. Eating or drinking foods and drinks that are hot, cold or sweet can cause a change in fluid movement. This fluid movement causes the nerve endings to react in response, triggering a short, sharp pain. A degree of dentin sensitivity is normal, but pain is not usually experienced in everyday activities like drinking a cooled drink. Therefore, although the terms dentin sensitivity and sensitive dentin are used interchangeably to refer to dental hypersensitivity, the latter term is the most accurate.
Causes of Teeth Sensitivity
Here are few common causes of sensitive teeth :
1) Brushing with a very abrasive toothpaste, brushing incorrectly and/or brushing more than three times a day could result in a loss of enamel.
2) Acidic beverages (such as soda) that cause enamel erosion and dentin exposure.
3) Many manufacturers add tooth-whitening chemicals to their toothpaste formulas, and some people are more sensitive to them than others.
4) Teeth often become more sensitive after you've been in the dentist's chair. It's common to have some sensitivity after a root canal, an extraction, or the placement of a crown.
5) Gum disease (also known as gingivitis) causes inflamed and sore gum tissue. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis.
6) If you grind your teeth when you sleep or during the day, or if you clench your teeth, you may be wearing down enamel and exposing the underlying dentine layer of your tooth.
7) A chipped or cracked tooth can cause pain that goes beyond tooth sensitivity. Your dentist will need to evaluate your tooth and decide the right course of treatment, such as a cap or an extraction.
8) There is decay around the edges of fillings. As you get older, fillings can weaken and fracture or leak around the edges. It's easy for bacteria to accumulate in these tiny crevices, which causes acid build-up and enamel breakdown. See your dentist if you notice this type of tooth sensitivity between visits; in most cases, fillings can be easily replaced.
9) If you grab frequent swigs of mouthwash throughout the day, you may be setting yourself up for sensitive teeth. That's because some mouthwashes contain acids that may make already-sensitive teeth worse.
10)A chipped or fractured tooth may expose the dentin
Natural Home Remedies to remove Teeth Sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity is treatable. In fact, you might find that using toothpaste specifically made for sensitive teeth helps.
1) Dab some clove oil directly on your bad tooth. Clove oil has remarkable bacteria-slaying properties—and it also has a numbing effect, which is why it's a longtime folk remedy for toothache.
2) You can get the same numbing effect from whole cloves. Put a few in your mouth, let them moisten until they soften, bruise them a bit between your non-hurting molars to release their oil, then hold the softened cloves against your painful tooth for up to half an hour.
3) Several brands of toothpaste on the market are designed to help people with sensitive teeth. Some pastes contain an active ingredient called potassium nitrate, which helps to block the tiny tubules in the dentin.
4) Add two tsp. salt in a single glass of lukewarm water. Stir well. Gargle with this particular water twice a day: in the morning and before you go to bed at night.
5) Take one Tbsp. Mustard oil inside a bowl. Mix one tsp. of rock salt inside it. Massage your teeth, with the help of the index finger. Leave it for 5-7 minutes. Finally, rinse your mouth with normal water.
6) Place a small ice cube in a plastic bag, wrap a thin cloth around the bag, and apply it to the aching tooth for about 15 minutes to numb the nerves. Alternatively, that ice pack can go on your cheek, over the painful tooth.
7) If you're not using a soft toothbrush, if you're scrubbing your teeth vigorously, or if you're not brushing for a full two minutes, then you're not doing any favours for your sensitive teeth. Hard brushing can actually wear away enamel, increasing the sensitivity in your teeth.
8) Plaque, the white gummy substance that forms on teeth, produces an acid that irritates teeth, especially if your choppers are naturally sensitive.
9) Exposure to red wine, pop, fruit juices and acidic foods—such as oranges and pickles—can put your enamel under constant attack. Limit these foods and drinks, and try to brush about 20 minutes after eating them (not earlier, or the brushing may hurt your enamel further).
10)Whenever you take acidic or sugary foods, brush your teeth with toothpaste. After an hour, rinse your mouth with fluoride mouthwash. This home remedy can help in controlling the sensitive teeth.
11)Rinse your mouth with aloe vera gel. You can also massage your teeth with aloe vera gel. This home remedy helps in reducing the sensitiveness of teeth.
12)Peppermint tea has a nice flavour and some numbing power. Put 1 teaspoon dried peppermint leaves in 1 cup boiling water and steep for 20 minutes. After the tea cools, swish it around in your mouth, then spit it out or swallow. Repeat as often as needed
13)Sugarless chewing gum helps in saliva production and re-hardens softened teeth, thereby reducing sensitiveness of teeth.
14)Use finely powdered salt to massage your gums. This remedy is useful in reducing the probability of occurrence of sensitive teeth.
15)Try an acupressure technique to stop tooth pain fast. With your thumb, press the point on the back of your other hand where the base of your thumb and your index finger meet. Apply pressure for about two minutes. This helps trigger the release of endorphins, the brain's feel-good hormones. (Off-limits if you're pregnant.)
Disclaimer*: This article is only for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.