[toc]Sensitive teeth can be a difficult problem to deal with. Sensitive teeth can result from nerve damage, excessive grinding of teeth, wear and tear of teeth or even a tooth infection or teeth decay. While a visit to your dentist is critical to ensure the medical treatment for this problem, herbal remedies are also useful for getting rid of tooth sensitivity.
Herbs which can be easily and effectively used to treat sensitive teeth include Aloe Vera, St. John’s Wort, Cinnamon, Clove, Myrrh, Echinacea, Sage, Chamomile, Fennel, Indian Lilac, Green Tea, and Horsetail. This article will discuss some of the most effective herbal remedies for healing sensitive teeth. Most of these herbs are analgesic, antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, making them ideal remedies for sensitive teeth.
Herbal Remedies For Sensitive Teeth
Aloe Vera is a truly wondrous herb. It has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial, antiparasitic and antimicrobial properties. It is a very effective herbal cure for sensitive teeth. It can ease the pain in sensitive teeth due to infections.
It can also prevent tooth decay. You should extract Aloe Vera gel from the mucilaginous inner leaves of this herb and apply it to the teeth in order to combat sensitivity in the teeth. As it is antimicrobial, and antibacterial, it also destroys cavities which are often a cause of sensitive teeth.
Neem is a herb which has been extensively used in Ayurveda because of its remarkable healing properties. The Latin name of this herb is Azadirachta Indica. Neem is a herb found in South Asian countries like India and Bangladesh.
Sensitive teeth can also be the result of periodontal gum disease and plaque formation in the tooth. Both of these maladies which cause sensitive teeth can be combated by applying the extract of the leaf of this herb regularly on your teeth. It offers relief from pain and infection induced sensitivity.
Green Tea helps to ease sensitive teeth caused due to tooth decay or gingivitis. It suppresses the growth of bad bacteria which causes plaque formation and tooth decay both of which cause sensitive teeth. Green Tea also protects the gums as well because it is rich in antioxidants which contain vitamin C. Green Tea is botanically known as Camellia Sinesis.
Green Tea contains powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols which are especially beneficial in disinfecting the mouth and preventing tooth sensitivity from worsening. You can use the tincture of this herbal remedy as a mouth wash to ease teeth sensitivity. Green Tea extract can also be applied directly on the teeth to relieve the pain and sensitivity.
St. John’s Wort
Hypericum Perforatum is the Latin name used to refer to this herb. It is also commonly called Klamath Weed. If teeth sensitivity has been caused due to damage to the nerves of the teeth, then St. John’s Wort is a very efficacious herbal remedy for this problem.
Research has shown that St. John’s Wort is very effective in curing nerve pain. When an exposed or damaged nerve is the root cause of the sensitivity in the teeth, St. John’s Wort can prove highly beneficial in treating the condition. You can apply the oil prepared from the flowering tops of this herb to ease sensitivity in the teeth.
Known botanically as Echinacea Augustifolia, Echinacea is also a good herbal cure for sensitive teeth. Echinacea boosts the immunity and ensures that infection induced teeth sensitivity is rapidly cured. It also contains antibiotic properties which help it to destroy the infection causing the teeth sensitivity.
Sensitive teeth can be cured by using Echinacea infused hot water as a mouth wash regularly. Boil the root of this herb in hot water and let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. This is enough to ensure that curative properties of the root are absorbed by the hot water. Then, use this water as a mouth wash and gargle to ease the sensitivity caused in the teeth due to tooth infection or even a gum disease.
Matricaria Recutita is the botanical name of Chamomile. This herb is well known as a cure for anxiety and insomnia. This nervine herb is used to strengthen the nervous system. But it is also useful for treating sensitive teeth. This is because Chamomile is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. Therefore, if a cavity or tooth infection is causing the problem, then Chamomile can be an excellent herbal remedy for sensitive teeth.
Boil the leaves of this herb in hot water and let the mixture simmer for about 20 minutes. Use dried leaves of this herb only. Strain the liquid after this and use a cotton ball to dab some of this Chamomile infused solution on the sensitive teeth for complete and lasting relief from the swelling and infection induced sensitivity. Do not use this herbal remedy if you have an allergy to Rag Weed or you are lactating or pregnant.
Myrrh also known as Commiphora Myrrha good herbal remedy for sensitive teeth. Myrrh contains substances which give it antiseptic and analgesic properties. Due to this reason, it is very helpful for healing sensitive teeth. In fact, Myrrh is a common ingredient found in several tooth pastes and mouth washes because it can really restore good health to your gums and teeth.
You can use Myrrh extract or tincture in the form of a mouth wash. Add the tincture or extract to a glass of hot water and gargle for about 12 to 15 minutes. Then, rinse your mouth. Use this as a mouth wash and gargle repeatedly in order to gain relief from painful and sensitive teeth.
Clove are the dried flower buds of the herbaceous tree known as Syzygium Aromaticum. Clove is native to Indonesia and it has a numbing effect on pain caused due to tooth sensitivity. Due to this, it is a very effective herbal remedy for sensitive teeth.
You can mix Clove along with some Cinnamon in hot water and let this mixture boil for about 30 minutes. Use this as a mouth wash to destroy harmful bacteria causing teeth sensitivity and also relieve your pain. You can also mix 1 Clove with hot water and grind it till it becomes paste like and apply this paste directly on your teeth for relief from this problem.
Sage is a culinary herb but it also has other uses, especially in the medical context. Sage leaves can be boiled in water and the liquid strained and drunk in order to gain relief from sensitive teeth. Sage disinfects the mouth so that infection induced tooth sensitivity is healed.
It also possesses antiviral and antimicrobial properties which make it a good herbal remedy for sensitive teeth caused due to gum or tooth disease or the build up of harmful bacteria due to cavity formation. Sage leaves can also be chewed or applied as a paste to the sensitive teeth to gain freedom from this problem.