Finding a Natural Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth
Does a spoonful of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee make you wince? Do you experience pain when brushing or flossing your teeth? If so, you likely suffer from sensitive teeth.
Depending on the severity, sensitive teeth can have a serious effect on your quality of life. I mean, who wants to live in a world where it hurts to eat ice cream? The good news is there are ways to reduce these painful symptoms—especially with the use of natural toothpaste.
Causes of Sensitive Teeth
First of all, it’s important to understand the root of your tooth sensitivity. There are three primary causes of sensitive teeth:
- Receding gums
- Tooth decay
- Erosion of tooth enamel
Gum recession is what happens when the tissue around a tooth wears away or recedes. This degenerative process exposes the roots of the tooth and creates a gap between teeth and gums. If left untreated, bacteria builds up in these gaps and causes severe damage to gum tissue and the bone structure of the teeth.
Tooth decay occurs when plaque colonies build up in the mouth. These plaque bacteria produce acids that can eat through teeth causing sensitivity and cavities.
Tooth erosion is the process of enamel being worn down. Like tooth decay, this erosion can be the result of exposure to acidic substances, or due to wear and tear from teeth grinding and aggressive tooth brushing.
Finding the right toothpaste can help fight against the causes of sensitive teeth, but the wrong toothpaste will only contribute to the problem.
Natural Options: What to Look for in a Natural Toothpaste
Using an all-natural toothpaste helps treat sensitive teeth without exposing you to harmful chemicals. Practice due diligence and make sure you select oral health products that are free from fluoride.
Another natural solution for sensitive teeth is the practice of coconut oil pulling. Although coconut oil isn’t exactly toothpaste, swishing this natural oil in your mouth for 20 minutes can help strengthen receding gums, remove bacteria from the mouth, and create a protective barrier around teeth.
If the idea oil pulling makes you a little uneasy, you can reap all the benefits (without the mess) by using Dr. Ginger’s Coconut Toothpaste and Dr. Ginger’s Coconut Mouthwash. Dr. Ginger’s natural coconut products make it a whole lot easier to add oil pulling to your dental health routine with an enticingly refreshing taste.
Some Final Tips for Caring for Sensitive Teeth:
Be gentle on your teeth. It’s great to get excited about oral care, but don’t go too crazy with aggressive brushing and flossing. Remember, the term is “brush your teeth,” don’t scrub them like you would a kitchen floor!
Use a natural toothpaste, like Dr. Ginger’s Coconut Toothpaste. A daily oral health routine is essential for the treatment of sensitive teeth. At the same time, you’ll want to avoid using products that contain harmful chemicals as these can result in increased amounts of sensitivity and pain.
Wait before you rinse. If your teeth are especially sensitive, it’s a good idea to wait a few minutes in between brushing your teeth and rinsing your mouth out.