Home Remedies For Tooth Decay

There are certain factors that increase the risk of tooth decay such as certain foods, poor oral hygiene, dry mouth, and more.  If you have significant tooth decay or pain, it is important to see your dentist.  But there are some home remedies for tooth decay that can be helpful.  Things like salt, garlic and oil are just a few.  Check out this YouTube video from Pulse to learn more!

Remedies For Tooth Sensitivity

tooth sensitivityIn an article from Dr. Kenneth Wolnik on his blog, he admits that tooth sensitivity is one of the most common dental problems patients deal with on a daily basis. Tooth sensitivity causes significant discomfort and pain, especially when cleaning the teeth. The last thing dentists want is for tooth sensitivity to interfere with your dental hygiene.  Dr. Wolnik’s office put together some home remedies for sensitive teeth.

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush – soft and flexible bristles will not irritate gums and exposed roots of sensitive teeth.
  • Use toothpaste made especially for sensitive teeth – there are many sensitive toothpaste options on the market that are designed to desensitize teeth while brushing.
  • Rinse with warm water – avoid that painful sensitivity of the cold water by brushing and rinsing with warm water.
  • Eliminate whitening/bleaching products from your routine – the active ingredients in these products can cause damage to tooth enamel and make them more sensitive.
  • Use a fluoride rinse – a fluoride rinse helps to decrease sensitivity and protect enamel.
  • Cut back on acidic drinks – acidic drinks like coffee, tea, soda and juice are a huge culprit of tooth enamel erosion.

If these home remedies don’t work for sensitivity, be sure to see your dentist.  Dr. Wolnik suggests that dentists have many procedures to help patients with sensitive teeth.

At Home Remedies For Sensitive Teeth | Dr. Kenneth Wolnik

Curing Canker Sores

canker soresCanker sores can be hard to ignore. They can be found on your tongue, cheeks, lips and gums and they hurt and get in the way when you eat or drink. Luckily, they usually don’t last too long, but if you have had trouble getting rid of them, you can try some of these home remedies for curing canker sores.

  • Homemade remedy of Milk of Magnesia or Kaopectate which contain ingredients that coat wet tissues and Benylin or Benadryl which help to reduce inflammation. You can apply to the canker sore with a cotton swab, but don’t swallow it.
  • Over the Counter remedies can be found at your local pharmacy.  These include products like Orabase with Benzocain.  Products with xylocaine can help to dull the pain.
  • Cayenne is another thing that can relieve canker sore pain. This is because cayenne contains capsaicin which helps to desensitize the nerves.
  • A styptic pencil can be used on canker sores to numb the nerve endings.  This is something that barbers use to stem bleeding from minor nicks and cuts.
  • A little aloe juice from the inner portion of the leaf of the aloe plant can be rinsed over the canker several times daily to help relieve pain.
  • Another rinse you can try is a mixture of 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and 2 ounces of hydrogen peroxide.  Even just a salt water rinse can help.
  • Sage is a spice that can be used to calm a canker sore. Add 3 teaspoons of sage leaves to 1 pint of boiling water and rinse with it.
  • Lastly, while this won’t make the canker disappear, ice or ice water rinse can help to numb it for a while to relieve pain.

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