Often when someone has a sensitivity to certain temperatures or foods, they will seek the help of their dentist to help resolve any pain. A reasonable suggestion from your dentist would result in him explaining what sealants for teeth could do for you. Sealants for teeth are a thin plastic coating that is applied to the surfaces that are exposed during chewing. It creates a sort of protective shield that will help protect your nerve from those temperatures or foods that bring you discomfort.

Though sealants for teeth are not something you can take care of yourself at home, there are other remedies you can use to prevent sensitivity. This article will give you different options to explore and tips to consider if sealants for teeth are not an option for you.

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Top 7 Tips and Home Remedies to Use Instead of Sealants for Teeth

1. Be Gentle

Many people think that a good forceful brushing is how to get teeth clean. It is true that you need to brush well to remove plaque. Plaque buildup can harden and cause bacteria that will give off an acid that will contribute to sensitivity and decay. Thus, good hygiene is a must if you choose not to get sealants for teeth.

How to Apply:

  • Twice daily, add a pea-sized portion of toothpaste to your brush.
  • Use a circular motion to brush and break apart any plaque deposits gently.
  • Pay attention to be firm but gentle. Do not scrub harshly.

2. Let your Toothpaste Cater to You

Without the applications of sealants for teeth, you enamel needs another way to fight back. There is specialized toothpaste that helps people with sensitivity in their teeth. It desensitizes the nerve endings and blocks those painful sensations.

How to Apply:

  • Brush teeth, as usual, using the specialty toothpaste in place of your regular type.
  • Use a soft bristled brush to keep from further irritating the teeth.

3. Strengthen Your First Line of Defense

Sensitivity is apparent when your enamel is damaged. Both excessive and too little saliva production will cause coating to soften or break down. When this happens, you will feel the pain of sensitivity. Without some treatment, the coating will continue to deteriorate, and the pain will get worse over time. Sealants for teeth help prevent this from happening. Baking soda is a suitable alternative to help you rebuild and strengthen your tooth enamel.

How to Apply:

  • Mix one-third cup of water with one-third teaspoon of baking soda.
  • Stir until the baking soda is dissolved. You can use this mixture as a rinse.
  • You can also use a few drops of water with a half teaspoon of baking powder to create a paste you can brush with.

4. Chew Your Way to Dental Health

Though it seems to be counterproductive, chewing gum can be a way to fight sensitivity. Using a sugarless gum will help you produce more saliva to help harden your enamel. Be sure you are chewing a sugarless gum since added sugar directly on your teeth can further damage and irritate your teeth.

How to Apply:

  • This one is self-explanatory. When you grab gum at the grocery store or gas station, be sure to catch a sugarless variety.
  • Chew away.

5. Use All the Available Tools

We all know brushing regularly can be effective at keeping your enamel healthy. However, many dentists will tell you it is not enough. Flossing to be sure remnants of food are not lodged between your teeth. Once there, they can hide, decompose, and produce damaging acids that contribute to enamel wear and sensitivity is important. Using a fluoride rinse can also give you another layer of protection. In fact, there are specialized rinses available over the counter now that is geared to those who have sensitivity issues.

How to Apply:

  • After a thorough brushing with a soft bristled toothbrush, fill the included cap about half way.
  • Gently swish the rinse around your mouth concentrating on the sensitive areas. Continue to swish for a minute.
  • Do this at least once daily.
  • You can also use this rinse after consuming foods that are prone to giving you tooth pain.

6. Maybe It Is Time to Quit

We all know smoking and using tobacco products are bad for you. Well, they are horrible for your teeth too. Using tobacco will cause gums to recede, speed up decay making you more prone to sensitivity, and create ugly discoloration. It can also weaken teeth to the point you being to see tooth loss.

How to apply:

  • Quitting an addiction like smoking can be tough. There are numerous options on the market to aid you in this endeavor.
  • Patches, gums, and medications are available from your healthcare provider and over the counter in some instances.

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7. Clove

Clove is effective in numbing nerve endings to prevent sensitivity pain. Clove contains Eugenol which is a naturally occurring anesthetic. Though it will not permanently cure the issue, it will give you relief. Eugenol also has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce irritation which is another reason it is so effective.

How to Apply:

  • Create a paste using a few drops of water in a teaspoon of powdered clove. Apply to the areas that are affected by sensitivity and allow it to remain for ten minutes.
  • You can also find clove oil. This is a great quick way to help deaden the nerve that causes sensitivity. Just dab a bit of the oil onto the crown and gums in the sensitive area with a cotton swab.

In the End

Sealants for teeth can be a very effective way to treat tooth sensitivity. It does so by shielding the pain causing nerve and helps prevent tooth decay which can also contribute to sensitive pain. If sealants for teeth are not an option for you, or your appointment with your dentist is a way off, these remedies and tips may help you cope.

Do you experience tooth sensitivity? What methods have you used to strengthen your enamel and fight the pain? Leave any helpful hints below.

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