There are many causes for toothache, from gum disease and cracked teeth, to non-dental causes such as a bad cold. If your teeth are sensitive, toothache and tooth pain may be more common. But there are lots of ways to prevent sensitive teeth pain and alleviate the symptoms at home. This article offers a number of things you can do to relieve teeth sensitivity at home, as well as a list of tips to keep teeth healthy and prevent pain.
It’s important to note that, while the below tips may help with pain relief, you should contact your dentist if you experience the following:
- Pain that doesn’t subside with painkillers
- Intense or prolonged sensitive teeth pain
- Swollen jaw
- Red gums
- A high temperature
What to do for sensitive teeth pain:
- Cold compress: Applying a cold compress to the affected area, or holding ice water in your mouth, may help to lessen the pain. The cold helps blood vessels to constrict, which helps to numb pain and reduce swelling and inflammation.
- Over the counter painkillers: If your teeth are sensitive, toothaches may be alleviated with pain medication such as Ibuprofen, which will help numb the pain and reduce inflammation. Remember, always read the label first and check with a doctor if you are not sure whether or not it is safe for you to take any medication.
- Avoid foods that may aggravate the pain: Acidic foods such as tea, coffee, and some fruits may increase any pain you are feeling.
Remember, if you are suffering from severe sensitive teeth pain, it is important to consult a dentist.
Ways to prevent sensitive teeth pain:
- Visit your dentist twice a year: Regular check-ups with your dentist are vital if you want to keep your gums and teeth healthy and prevent sensitive teeth pain. Not only will your dentist be able to recognise potential problem areas, they will also be able to provide tailored care advice for your teeth.
- Use soft-bristled brush: Choosing the right toothbrush for your mouth is important. Use a soft-bristled brush, as this is less abrasive on your teeth and gums. Make sure to brush gently in circular motions rather than side-to-side.
- Floss: Regular flossing helps to prevent plaque build-up along your gums and between teeth. This helps reduce the chance of gum disease and bad breath.
- Choose products designed to keep teeth strong and healthy: If your teeth are sensitive then pain can occur if you are not using the right toothpaste. Using a toothpaste specifically designed to treat hypersensitivity and combat pain is a great place to start. Regenerate™ NR-5+ Hypersensitivity Toothpaste is clinically proven to treat hypersensitivity pain. Its patented NR-5+ technology forms a fresh supply of enamel minerals that wrap and integrate onto teeth to rescue the exposed hypersensitive areas. Hypersensitivity is treated and pain signals stop.
To know more about the causes of tooth pain and how to prevent it, read our article about tooth pain.