Tooth sensitivity from the point of view of Ayurveda
Tooth sensitivity or dentin hypersensitivity is the sensation of pain or discomfort in the teeth in response to certain stimuli, such as hot or cold temperatures.
It may be a temporary or a chronic problem, and it can affect one tooth, several teeth, or all the teeth in a single individual. The most cases of sensitive teeth are easily treated.
Cavities or an abscessed tooth may cause tooth sensitivity. There may also be tiny cracks in the tooth that leave the inside of the tooth exposed. There are certain toothpastes that are available to help prevent the pain associated with sensitive teeth:
Sharp pain during eating, drinking something cold, hot, sweet or sour
Pain on contact with air, while breathing through the mouth
According to Ayurveda, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha dosha balance is important for a healthy life. When one or two of these doshas vitiate or go out of control, it affects the dental health. When the vitiated Vata and Pitta afflict the teeth, they cause excessive sensitivity and intolerance to cold. This condition is called Dantaharsha.
How Ayurvedic doctors treat tooth sensitivity
There are some Ayurvedic medicines, useful for sensitive teeth and dental caries:
Neem-based medicines — Panchanimbadi Vati, Nimbadi kashayam tablet, Nimbadi kashayam, Neem decoction
Astringent decoctions — Triphala Kashaya, Triphala Churna
Antibacterial medicines — Vidangadi lauha, Vidangarishta
Pain relieving medicines — Guggulu, Shallaki tablets, Yogaraja Guggulu, Maharasnadi kashaya
After examining the patient, our Ayurvedic doctor will recommend the best remedies for sensitive teeth.
Ayurvedic tips for effective treatment and prevention of tooth sensitivity
- Don’t brush teeth too hard
- Avoid acidic foods and drinks
- Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, known for its anti-inflammatory effects
- Mix 1 tsp of mustard oil and 1 tsp of rock salt. Apply on teeth using your index finger and massage gently
- Use unsweetened green tea as a mouthwash twice a day to strengthen teeth and reduce inflammation
- Slice garlic and apply directly to your affected tooth for relief. Garlic contains allicin, which reduces bacteria and soothes pain
Check the Ayurvedic treatment for other dental diseases:
Dental problems, Toothache, Periodontal Disease, Dental Caries or Tooth Decay, Oral Thrush, Halitosis, Stained Teeth, Gum problems, Bruxism - Grinding Teeth habit, Tooth Erosion, Mouth Sores, Bleeding gums, Dry mouth syndrome, Gingivitis.