Teeth Sensitivity Treatment

Teeth sensitivity treatment is the use of at-home methods to alleviate tooth pain and reduce discomfort. This may involve reducing the amount of acidic food consumed, using a soft-bristled toothbrush, and choosing toothpaste with fluoride.


A layer of enamel protects the crowns of teeth and a layer called cementum protects tooth roots and gum tissue. Underneath both of these layers is dentin.

Salt Water Rinse

Salt water rinses are a natural antiseptic and pain reliever that has been used since prehistoric times. It works by regulating the pH balance in your mouth, which kills bacteria and reduces mouth infections. It also helps with gum swelling and bleeding. Using a salt water rinse 1-2 times a day can be helpful for treating tooth sensitivity.

It’s important to use a high quality, non-ionic, low-sodium salt that is labeled for oral care. This type of salt is able to dissolve in water without causing a burning sensation. You can make a saltwater rinse at home by combining 8 ounces of warm water with one teaspoon of salt. After bringing it to a boil, remove it from heat and let the mixture cool. You can add additional ingredients such as honey or hydrogen peroxide for extra healing and cleaning benefits. Make sure to use a small amount of rinse and discard any leftover solution.

Tooth sensitivity is usually caused by tooth decay or damage that a dental expert can help fix. While a salt water rinse may help reduce tooth sensitivity, it won’t solve the root problem. If you’re experiencing a sudden increase in sensitivity, it may be due to a cracked or missing tooth, a filling that is wearing out, or gum recession that exposes the roots of your teeth. If this is the case, getting your tooth repaired or a desensitizing toothpaste can solve the problem and prevent it from returning.


The right toothpaste can make a huge difference in the way you feel about your sensitive teeth. A sensitivity-fighting toothpaste should contain desensitizing ingredients like potassium nitrate or strontium chloride. Some brands also have tartar protection agents that prevent the buildup of plaque, a major cause of tooth sensitivity.

Using the toothpaste daily and brushing gently, with a soft-bristled toothbrush, is important for maintaining good oral health. You should also avoid acidic foods that can strip away enamel and opt for leafy greens and dairy products that are rich in calcium. If you grind your teeth, ask your dentist about mouth guards to prevent tooth damage.

If your sensitivity seems to have come on all of a sudden, there may be new structural damage or a problem with your nerves that needs immediate attention from a dental professional. The dentist can give you an in-office fluoride treatment that strengthens enamel and helps numb painful nerves.

Tooth sensitivity is usually caused by a thin or weakened layer of enamel, or a root exposed by receding gums, brushing abrasion, or tooth grinding. The toothpaste that contains these ingredients works to block the tubules in your teeth that send pain signals when exposed to aggravators such as hot and cold liquids, air or extremely sweet foods. It takes a few weeks for the sensitivity-fighting ingredients to build up and begin to relieve your discomfort.

Hydrogen Peroxide Mouth Rinse

A hydrogen peroxide rinse is a simple and natural way to relieve sensitivity until you can make it to your next dentist appointment. However, be sure to use only a 3% solution or lower, as any higher concentration could damage tissue. Mix two parts water with one part 3% hydrogen peroxide, and swish around in your mouth for not more than 30 seconds. Be careful not to swallow, and don’t let the liquid touch your eyes.

This rinsing helps to neutralize the acid and bacteria in your mouth that cause tooth enamel erosion, which can lead to sensitivity. It also kills the bacteria in plaque accumulated on teeth (Porphyromonas gingivalis) and removes food particles stuck between your teeth. This is also a good way to reduce teeth grinding or bruxism, which wears down your enamel and leads to sensitivity.

You can also use a toothpaste that contains desensitizing agents, such as potassium nitrate, which blocks pain signals that travel from your tooth to your brain. This type of toothpaste is available at many drugstores and can be used up to three times daily. Talk to your dentist or dental hygienist about finding a product that’s right for you.

Mouth Guards

If you experience short, sharp pain in your teeth when they’re exposed to hot or cold air; ice-cold drinks, sweets or foods; tooth brushing or using mouthwash, it could be an indication that you have sensitive teeth. These symptoms can range from a brief twinge to a throbbing, long-lasting ache and usually disappear once whatever triggers the pain has gone away.

A dentist can help identify the cause of your sensitivity and recommend treatment to alleviate the pain and prevent it from coming back. Home treatments include desensitizing toothpaste that contains ingredients like potassium nitrate and stannous fluoride to reduce tooth sensitivity by blocking nerves that send signals of pain to the brain. It may take a few applications before you feel any relief.

Another option is a mouthguard to prevent teeth grinding, also called bruxism, which can damage and wear down enamel and cause tooth sensitivity. Mouthguards can also help alleviate sleep apnea, which can be caused by clenching and grinding in the mouth.

Other treatment options that your dentist can offer to help with sensitive teeth include bonding resin that covers the surface of the tooth to protect it; gum grafts, which use tissue from other areas of your mouth to cover exposed roots; and fillings, which can repair cavities that can lead to sensitivity. Maintaining good oral hygiene habits by brushing twice daily, flossing once a day and visiting your dentist regularly will keep your teeth healthy and prevent sensitivity issues from occurring.