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Soothe Your Teeth Sensitivity Right At Home With These Easy Hacks

by Laura Caseley
Laura is a writer, illustrator, and artist living in New York City.

Your teeth do a lot for you. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to do all kinds of things! But while they may seem hard and tough, they actually need a lot of support and can get pretty sensitive. If you’ve ever taken a bite of something cold, hot, very sugary, or acidic and felt that sickening ache in your jaw, then you know what we mean by sensitive.

All teeth are sensitive to some extent because there’s a nerve inside each tooth. Protecting that nerve is a layer of hard enamel, which is why your teeth feel slick.

But sometimes, that layer of enamel can get worn and thinned, making the nerves less protected and leads to that awful feeling when you drink a cold beverage or bite into an orange slice.

Taking care of your teeth (and gums!) is seriously important, but the good news is that you can make sure your pearly whites stay healthy with fairly simple tricks and habits you can start right at home. The same goes for dealing with sensitive teeth. You can actually strengthen your teeth’s enamel by making a few small adjustments to your everyday life.

Read on to see how you can make your teeth a little tougher, just in time to enjoy some ice-cold lemonade.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
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Tooth sensitivity happens when the tooth’s enamel and/or the gums become worn or damaged.

This makes the nerves underneath more exposed, making them more sensitive to the elements and causes discomfort.

What Commonly Aggravates Sensitive Teeth?

What Commonly Aggravates Sensitive Teeth?
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Everyone’s tooth sensitivity is triggered by different things, but the most common causes of sensitive tooth pain come from foods and beverages that are either very cold or very hot, or any sudden temperature change.

Sour foods like citrus fruits are also a common cause for tooth discomfort.

How Can I Soothe Tooth Sensitivity?
Tooth Tip #1: Reduce Intake Of Sugary And Acidic Foods

<u>How Can I Soothe Tooth Sensitivity?</u><br>Tooth Tip #1: Reduce Intake Of Sugary And Acidic Foods
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Sugar and acid are major culprits for wearing down tooth enamel.

If you find yourself eating a lot of acidic foods and popping a lot of sweets, consider some alternatives.

Instead of eating candy, try a healthier alternative like nuts or dried fruit. Instead of multiple cups of coffee, alternate with some gentler tea.

Tooth Tip #2: Chew Sugar-Free Gum

Tooth Tip #2: Chew Sugar-Free Gum
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It seems counterintuitive, but chewing sugar-free gum will harden your tooth enamel. Look for a gum with a sugar alternative.

Tooth Tip #3: Don't Use Toothpaste With Abrasive Ingredients

Tooth Tip #3: Don't Use Toothpaste With Abrasive Ingredients
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A gritty toothpaste can make your mouth feel clean, but it can also wear down your tooth enamel and gums. Opt for something gentler.

There are many toothpastes on the market specially formulated for sensitive teeth.

 

Tooth Tip #4: Gently Swish With Warm Water

Tooth Tip #4: Gently Swish With Warm Water
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Hot water can exacerbate tooth sensitivity and cause discomfort, but a gentle rinse with warm water can be quite soothing if your teeth are irritated after brushing.

Simply swish warm water and spit.

Alternatively, swishing a small amount of olive or coconut oil is believed to remove bacteria from around the teeth and gums.

Tooth Tip #5: Try A Spoonful Of Cranberry Sauce

Tooth Tip #5: Try A Spoonful Of Cranberry Sauce
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Vitamin C is great for repairing tooth enamel, but citrus fruits can be too sour for your teeth.

A gentler alternative is cranberry sauce, provided it’s not too sugary.

One spoonful a day can give you the vitamin C dose you need to repair tooth enamel.

Tooth Tip #6: Use A Night Guard

Tooth Tip #6: Use A Night Guard
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Sometimes, enamel is worn down, not from food dissolving the enamel, but from grinding the teeth at night. Teeth grinding is often a symptom of stress.

If you grind your teeth, consider getting a night guard to protect your teeth from being worn down.

Tooth Tip #7: Brush Gently With A Soft Bristle Toothbrush

Tooth Tip #7: Brush Gently With A Soft Bristle Toothbrush
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A soft bristle toothbrush is always the way to go, as is brushing gently. You don’t need to scrub your teeth and gums like you’re cleaning out the bathtub.

If you use a hard bristle brush, try swapping it out for a soft bristle one for a gentler cleaning.

Tooth Tip #8: Try Out Clay Toothpaste

Tooth Tip #8: Try Out Clay Toothpaste
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Yes, clay toothpaste is real! This all-natural alternative to traditional toothpastes are rich with minerals that your tooth enamel needs to harden and stay strong.

As always, if your teeth change suddenly, or if you experience severe pain, contact your dentist immediately.

If you’ve tried any of the above remedies, let us know how they worked and if you have a trick that we missed!

And SHARE these tips with anyone whose teeth need some calming.