Experiencing sharp pains when consuming hot and cold foods and beverages, or when breathing in cold air, are common indicators of sensitive teeth. Caused by the wearing down of enamel—the protective layer on the outside of a tooth—the Oral Health Foundation says that sensitivity is usually felt “where the tooth and the gum meet and the enamel layer is much thinner.”
There are a wide variety of factors that can contribute to dentin hypersensitivity, as it is otherwise known, including aggressive brushing, gum disease and excessive teeth bleaching. Fortunately, there are several at-home remedies that can help to reduce teeth sensitivity—including these six.
1. Use Sensitive Toothpaste
If oral discomfort is occurring on a fairly regular basis, it may be time to switch to sensitive toothpaste. Look for products that contain the ingredient potassium nitrate, which Best Health magazine says “helps to block the tiny tubules in the dentin” that, when exposed, can cause throbbing or stinging.
In addition to using twice daily when brushing, try coating the sensitive area with a small amount of paste and leaving it on over night. Livestrong.com says that, if done regularly, this can help to significantly reduce issues within a several weeks.