Ten Remedies for Sensitive Teeth

| Modified: Jul 10, 2020
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Tooth sensitivity can be very uncomfortable and make eating a chore instead of a joy. Natural remedies for sensitive teeth include oil pulling, magnesium and black walnut.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity can be cause by a number of factors.

  • If you brush your teeth with a hard bristled brush or too vigorously, you can damage the enamel on your teeth.
  • Acidic foods can make tooth sensitivity worse.
  • Damage to teeth or fillings can cause tooth sensitivity, as can a tooth abscess or infection.
  • Many toothpastes are hard on the teeth. There are a variety of chemicals in the majority of toothpastes from whiteners to fluoride to artificial sweeteners to sodium laureth sulfate. Each of these have been linked to oral health issues.
  • Mouthwashes often contain food coloring, alcohol and artificial sweeteners. Overuse of them can cause damage to your teeth, including sensitivity.

Sensitive Teeth Solutions

1. Buy a soft bristle tooth brush and brush gently.

2. Use good old fashioned baking soda instead of toothpaste to gently clean your teeth. You will avoid all of the chemicals in commercial toothpaste an leave your mouth in a clean, alkaline state. You will get used to the saltiness and lack of foam when you clean your teeth.

3. Use hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash. Put a cap full of hydrogen peroxide and a cap full of water into a cup. Use this solution to rinse your mouth as needed. The hydrogen peroxide will kill bacteria.

4. Try oil pulling with coconut oil or sesame oil. Use 1 - 3 teaspoons of the oil and swish it around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes each day. This will whiten teeth, remove plaque, and heal infections. Oil pulling can be done while you shower. Do not put the oil down the drain, though. Spit it into a tissue and place in the trash can when you finish.

If you miss the mintiness of your mouthwash, add 1 drop of peppermint essential oil to your oil pulling oil. It will make your mouth feel very fresh!

Alternately, add 1 drop of clove oil to your oil for oil pulling. Clove kills infection and also has numbing properties to help with the pain from sensitive teeth.

5. Take a magnesium supplement if you grind your teeth. Bruxism, or tooth grinding, can cause teeth sensitivity. One natural remedy for tooth grinding is a magnesium supplement at bedtime.

6. Use the herb black walnut. Black walnut hull can be purchased in a tincture or powder. Used twice daily it can help to heal tooth enamel. Use one dropperful of black walnut in 1/2 ounce of water. Swish this in your mouth for one minute and then swallow. Of you can use black walnut powder to brush your teeth or even to make a tea to drink daily.

7. Try horsetail herb. The herb horsetail is in the fern family. Horsetail (also known as shavegrass) contains plenty of silica which is helpful for your teeth enamel.

8. A tablespoon of blackstrap molasses each day provides your body with a concentration of minerals, including calcium and magnesium, which are important for your teeth.

9. Improve your diet. Reduce foods that are acidic. Avoid sugary foods, especially soda pop of any sort. (Switching to sugar free sodas will only bring on new problems.) An apple a day is especially helpful for your teeth.

10. Get a medical opinion. If you are not seeing results from the above measures or notice an increase in pain, you should see a reputable dentist. It is possible that your sensitive teeth problem is caused by an abscess, cracked teeth or a problem with your fillings.

Do you have a natural remedy for sensitive teeth? Please send us some feedback!


Posted by D.style (Vancouver Island, Bc ) on 11/30/2015 1 posts
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Hello all, Sensitive teeth were making eating and drinking miserable. Started taking borax about a month ago and teeth feel great now. No sensitivity at all any more. Also teeth don't seem as rough as usual.

Replied by Heidi

Hi Can you tell what type of Borax you used and how?

Brush Gently

Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, France) on 06/11/2010
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I got tooth sensivity by brushing too hard with an electric toothbrush but I cured it completely by brushing with Sensodyne. After a few days the sensitivity was gone. I don't use Sensodyne anymore because I don't want to use tooth pastes with fluoride but no problem because the sensitivity never came back!


Posted by Erin (Naperville, Il) on 06/22/2011
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For the last year, I've been experiencing frequent sensitivity in my teeth. At first, I thought it was my morning lemon juice and water so I cut that out, but I still had it. Then I switched to a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth and while that helped a lot, it didn't eradicate it. The only time I had any relief was when I took ibuprofen. Finally, one day, my husband came home from his annual physical and said he was in great shape except that the doctor said he should start taking a daily calcium pill because people over 50 start losing calcium. That's when it hit me. I remembered the old Wonder bread commercials from when I was little... "12 vitamins and minerals for strong bones and teeth! " or something like that.

I went out and bought a bottle of calcium pills and began taking 1000 mg. A day. In no time, my tooth sensitivity was gone! I stopped using the special toothpaste and went back to my morning lemon juice and water and still no tooth sensitivity. It's been about four months now and it hasn't returned. All I have to do is take my daily calcium pills and I'm fine!

Replied by Davea0511
Elkton, Md

Eek - lemon juice will eat your enamel. Lots of studies proving that. Also your calcium supplement is probably only working because it has magnesium, zinc and Vit D in it. Calcium will actually make your situation worse if it does not contain those things in with it.

Charity's Remedies

Posted by Charity (Faithville, Usa) on 10/29/2016
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If scrub or whiten your teeth you could make them sensitive. To tone down dental drama, you can use Alpha lipoic acid. MSM helps with receding gum line along with some other collagen supports like vitamin c, gelatin and silica. Salt and phosphorus are minerals in teeth.

1/2 tsp baking soda in 8 oz.water, mix, rinse and spit ~ helps calm down the teeth/cavity pain. Activated charcoal brushed on teeth and gums at night and left overnight kills off bacteria, cuts down pain signals in the mouth.

Walnut tincture feels good in the mouth or one iodine drop in some water swished around the mouth. a 1/2 tsp of coconut oil coating the teeth before bed and leave there at night. These all work for me and a few other things.

Clove Oil

Posted by Gertie (H'ville) on 05/21/2017
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I recently had a crown replace and now the remaining tooth, under the new crown, is very sensitive. The dentist said use sensitive toothpaste or get a root canal. The sensitive toothpaste uses fluoride, which I would rather avoid. Any suggestions? The new crown is all some sort of composite material, no metal, that they milled in the office while I waited. I've been using clove oil, but it's not really convenient to carry about to work, etc, and doesn't really solve the problem. Is there a way to desensitize the nerve?

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

Gertie, for such a situation, swishing any of these three items have helped: h2o2, celtic salt, or baking soda.

Replied by Iowama

Hello Gertie, I am sure you will get plenty of good suggestions here, but I did want you to know that I found a selection of Tom's fluoride free sensitive toothpaste that I ordered through Amazon. I hope you will find your tooth pain solution quickly.


Posted by Andrew (Kent, Oh) on 07/19/2011
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Romaine lettuce is excellent for sensitive teeth and rebuilding enamel. Any greens, really, for the matter will help. Chew about a head of lettuce a day, organic preferred, for about a week or so. I've done this and it has helped my teeth tremendously. There is also a wonderful toothpaste called coral white that has all natural ingredients and will help build and strengthen your teeth.

Vitamin C

Posted by Suzy (Indiana) on 10/30/2016
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I found, accidentally, that taking vitamin c on a regular basis cured the sensitivity of my teeth.