7 Home remedies for sensitive teeth

Ease your tooth pain with some home remedies.

Sensitive teeth can cause pain during eating and drinking. However, it is a common and treatable condition. How, you ask?

Here we give you some home remedies to incorporate for reducing tooth sensitivity.

Oil pulling

A traditional Ayurvedic practice, oil pulling is the method of swishing oil around the mouth for a few minutes before spitting it out. Use sesame or coconut oil to reduce gingivitis, which will help with tooth sensitivity.

Saltwater rinse

If you are suffering from a painful tooth and swollen gums, rinse your mouth with warm saltwater. It can help control the collection of plaque on your teeth and prevent oral diseases. Add some salt to a cup of warm water and swish it around your mouth, before spitting it out.

Clove oil

Clove oil has been used for a long time to keep teeth and gums healthy whilst helping with numbing the pain. Cloves have anti-inflammatory, bacterial and anaesthetic properties that reduce pain and treat oral infections. Mix it with almond or coconut oil and apply to the affected area. Wash it off after a while.

Vanilla extract

Vanilla extract has pain-relieving and antiseptic properties that can help with your teeth sensitivity. Pour a few drops of vanilla extract on a cotton ball and apply it to your gums for a few minutes. Repeat this process as often as you need.


Turmeric helps with wound healing and has anti-inflammatory properties. Massage ground turmeric on the affected tooth to relieve pain and sensitivity. Alternatively, you can also mix equal parts turmeric, salt and mustard oil to make a paste. Apply it to your teeth twice a day.

Honey and warm water

An antibacterial agent, honey aids with pain relief, swelling, healing and inflammation. To help with the pain associated with sensitive teeth and overall oral health, rinse your mouth with a spoonful of honey added to a cup of warm water.

Guava leaves

The anti-inflammatory properties of guava leaves can reduce toothache and sensitivity. To experience the benefits, chew the leaves for 2-3 minutes, before rinsing your mouth. Alternatively, you can also add4-5 leaves to a cup of water and boil it. Add a little salt and use it as a mouthwash.

If the pain is severe, we recommend contacting a dentist.

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