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Three ways to STOP sensitive teeth pain

Updated: May 19

Are you looking for a home remedy that will relieve teeth sensitivity? Here are three ways that you never thought of but works surprisingly well for all sensitivities.

Sensodyne, a sensitivity toothpaste for teeth
Sensitivity toothpaste

Has your teeth gotten to the point where it is so sensitive that you have to explicitly ask the waiter for water with no ice? That's pretty bad and you may want to do something about alleviating some of that sensitivity.

Its not unnatural for your teeth to feel sensitive to cold if whatever beverage or food that you are consuming is extremely cold but where do you draw the line you ask? I would say to base it on a decent sample size. If you are out with 3 of your friends and you all get some type of cold dessert. If you are the only one reeling from the cold sensitivity after your first bite, you may be the odd one out.

Typically water with ice, ice cream, or anything coming straight out of the fridge shouldn't really bother you. Although if it is coming straight out of the freezer, it may bother you.

Is the solution to just stop eating cold things? That sounds more like running away from a problem rather than trying to solve it. We're here to help you by giving you a couple of tips for reducing the sensitive teeth pain.

Home remedies for sensitive teeth:

Use a toothpaste specifically made for sensitivity

These are plentiful abound at your local pharmacies because virtually every brand of toothpaste will have a sensitive line. You can pick and choose whichever one you want but the most popular is Sensodyne and could be due to its naming!

How these sensitivity toothpastes work is that they build up to a certain concentration in the tooth pulp and block pain signals. This means that if you drink something cold, the nerve won't be able to send sensitivity signals to your brain. Thus you won't feel anything.

However, there are two caveats:

  • It takes about two weeks of continual use for the anti-sensitivity to reach its full effect.

  • If you stop using the toothpaste, the protective effect will dissipate because the desensitizer needs to be constantly replenished.

It may have escaped you but I would love to reawaken your awareness of what just happened. If you use a sensitive toothpaste and you've found that it helps... you've basically been given a life sentence. Based upon the above two points, you literally can't stop using it once you start. What a great product for generating consistent profit.

Use a sensitivity toothpaste WITHOUT whitening

Have you whitened your teeth before? Aside from the change in color, what was the most prominent sensation that you felt? Your teeth probably became very sensitive after a day or two of the whitening yes? You probably noticed the sensitivity even without drinking anything cold such as just sucking in room temperature air will make your teeth tingle.

Based upon that, it would be reasonable to conclude that if your toothpaste has whitening within it, it will most likely lessen the potency of what you desire, which is less sensitivity. Therefore, you should try to find a toothpaste that does not have any whitening within it.

Sensitive toothpaste without any whitening
Sensodyne original

My recommendation is the one pictured above since it does not containing any whitening ingredient within it so the anti-sensitivity should be at its greatest effect. It may be a little bit more difficult to procure since the whitening ones are more abundant due to popularity but I assure you that it will be worth the search.

Last but not least the super secret tip that will exponentially increase the effectiveness of your toothpaste!

Use the sensitivity toothpaste for a longer period of time

The third recommendation - After you are done brushing your teeth, take extra toothpaste and rub it on the sensitive spots and just leave it there for a few minutes. I would say 15-30 minutes should do the trick!

The way the anti-sensitivity works is that it is based upon contact time of the toothpaste on the teeth. Most electric toothbrushes have a two minute timer and that is usually sufficient for people with mild sensitivity... But, if you have moderate or severe sensitivity, you may want to increase the contact time of the toothpaste on your tooth so that it has more time to work its magic!

Here is how to use this technique:

  1. After you are done brushing, rinse out your mouth.

  2. Take extra toothpaste and just glob it on or brush it on all of the sensitive spots.

  3. Do not rinse for the next 15-30 minutes.

  4. After the timer is up, you can rinse out.

See for yourself what happens over the next two weeks... you may be pleasantly surprised! If you need more tips, don't forget to book a consultation with one of our LIC dentists for a dental check up in long island city.

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About the author: Dr David Chen, DDS

Hello, I'm Dr Chen and I'm an actively practicing dentist in Long Island City, NY. I graduated from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in 2016 but prior to going to dental school I was already working in the dental field. It's been more than a decade since I first got to know dentistry and let me tell you, time flies by quickly. Since then I've developed a fondness for writing, which is how this all got started!

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Medical Disclaimer:

This blog is purely meant for information purposes and should not be used as medical advice. Each situation in your mouth is unique and complex. It is not possible to give advice nor diagnose any oral conditions based on text nor virtual consultations. The best thing to do is to go in person to see your dentist for an examination and consultation so that you can receive the best care possible.

The purpose of all of this oral health information is to encourage you to see your dentist and to inform you of what you may expect during your visit. Due to the unfortunate nature of dentistry, there isn't really any true home remedies that will get rid of dental problems. Roughly 99.99% of them require in-person intervention by a healthcare professional.

Hint: That is the reason why you can't eliminate seeing dentists in your life!

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