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What do you do for sensitive teeth?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 18, 2012 at 1:55 AM

My teeth are very sensitive to pressure, acid, and sugar. I ground my teeth a lot as a kid and had a lot of reflux for a few years which is probably responsible. I tried the sensitive toothpaste but it doesn't do much. I've been wearing a nightguard for about 15 years with few exceptions. What else can I try?

026dde5c5ed48e30d006ac075410871e

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on April 22, 2012
at 08:38 PM

JASON Healthy Mouth toothpaste has clove oil in it: http://www.jason-natural.com/product/078522015253#tabs-ingre It has a very interesting flavour, sort of herby and spicy.

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on April 19, 2012
at 12:51 AM

I am not aware of it in any toothpaste. Dentistry has been using eugenol to alleviate dental pain long before there was a FDA, let alone a Wikipedia! I have a big bottle of it in my office and use it often. It works because it is a powerful anti-oxidant.

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

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on April 18, 2012
at 10:37 PM

Its good for bacteria but if you don't have bacteria then it won't help

2fd566cefde2de38e75e1bc13a966e16

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on April 18, 2012
at 07:11 PM

MK7 is also available from amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Thorne-Research-Vitamin-k2-liquid/dp/B000FGWDTK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1334776218&sr=8-2 (pricey but lasts a very long time). Do you eat nuts at all? They are very high in phytic acid.

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on April 18, 2012
at 05:57 PM

I didn't say anything about erosion. Calcium via dairy does help me with my sensitive tooth.

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

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on April 18, 2012
at 04:33 PM

You can get it online from the Vitamin Shoppe - or in the stores if you're near one.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on April 18, 2012
at 02:00 PM

Have young kids around so not the best option. Do you have a link showing that it's effective for this usage?

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on April 18, 2012
at 01:58 PM

Thanks for the suggestion - might give it a try. Are there any toothpastes that include it? Any comment about this statement from Wikipedia? "The FDA now believes there isn’t enough evidence to rate eugenol as effective for toothache pain."

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on April 18, 2012
at 01:57 PM

I'm using GC Mi Paste Plus nightly, which is built from casein and minerals to support remineralization. I also use a prescription flouride toothpaste every morning. I haven't gotten a new cavity in years and I have a few that they've been watching for 3 years as well that aren't progressing so I don't think erosion is the problem.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on April 18, 2012
at 01:55 PM

I use an Oral-B professional toothbrush and I think the brustles are medium soft. My gums are a bit deep in one part of my mouth but it's been stable for years and otherwise they're healthy.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on April 18, 2012
at 01:53 PM

Yeah my dentist mentioned the same thing. I typically wait an hour or two before brushing and try to drink water in between since it's a buffer.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on April 18, 2012
at 01:53 PM

I've already cut out grains and I eat salmon 2-3 times a week and organ meats 2 days a week. I take K2 MK7 variety - couldn't find MK4 anywhere.

E76821f1019f5284761bc4c33f2bf044

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on April 18, 2012
at 01:41 PM

See also Free the Animal for a thorough discussion on Mk4 vs Mk7 and the massive improvements Richard had in his very problematic teeth and gums after supplementing with K2 via butter oil.

2fd566cefde2de38e75e1bc13a966e16

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on April 18, 2012
at 01:32 PM

Also, there isn't much solid evidence on this, but it has been suggested that toothpastes containing glycerin (which is essentially 100% of them--even the non-fluoride brands) create a coating on the teeth which prevents them from remineralizing. I use Tooth Soap brand, which is basically just coconut oil, olive oil and some essential oils for flavoring. It's a little pricey (and you could easily make your own) but they have buy one, get one free specials basically all the time.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on April 18, 2012
at 10:59 AM

Yes, it's amazing how inflamed your gums can get from bruxism!

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on April 18, 2012
at 03:23 AM

I have nothing to add to this good advice but wanted to add "comfort them with love and a warm hug?"

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on April 18, 2012
at 02:13 AM

I'm currently reading the book. Cut out grains, add in fermented cod liver oil, grass fed butter, seafoods, and land organs. In a nutshell :)

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2fd566cefde2de38e75e1bc13a966e16

on April 18, 2012
at 02:10 AM

Rami Nagel at http://www.curetoothdecay.com/ has a lot of ideas on how to remineralize teeth through diet. I haven't read his ebook but here's a blog where he is interviewed: http://www.cheeseslave.com/how-to-cure-tooth-decay-with-rami-nagel/. One of his main things seems to be cutting out phytic acid, an anti-nutrient that he says really impedes remineralization by binding minerals in the gut and impeding their absorption.

You also should look into supplementing with Vitamin K2 (MK4 variety) as it is thought to be very important for calcium/mineral utilization in the body.

4b5be253ac1981c690689cab7e4bf06d

(3043)

on April 18, 2012
at 02:13 AM

I'm currently reading the book. Cut out grains, add in fermented cod liver oil, grass fed butter, seafoods, and land organs. In a nutshell :)

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on April 18, 2012
at 04:33 PM

You can get it online from the Vitamin Shoppe - or in the stores if you're near one.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on April 18, 2012
at 01:53 PM

I've already cut out grains and I eat salmon 2-3 times a week and organ meats 2 days a week. I take K2 MK7 variety - couldn't find MK4 anywhere.

2fd566cefde2de38e75e1bc13a966e16

(662)

on April 18, 2012
at 07:11 PM

MK7 is also available from amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Thorne-Research-Vitamin-k2-liquid/dp/B000FGWDTK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1334776218&sr=8-2 (pricey but lasts a very long time). Do you eat nuts at all? They are very high in phytic acid.

2fd566cefde2de38e75e1bc13a966e16

(662)

on April 18, 2012
at 01:32 PM

Also, there isn't much solid evidence on this, but it has been suggested that toothpastes containing glycerin (which is essentially 100% of them--even the non-fluoride brands) create a coating on the teeth which prevents them from remineralizing. I use Tooth Soap brand, which is basically just coconut oil, olive oil and some essential oils for flavoring. It's a little pricey (and you could easily make your own) but they have buy one, get one free specials basically all the time.

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5c94900002a867dfa2a8fcd91a576c5e

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on April 18, 2012
at 04:35 AM

Do you use a soft bristled toothbrush and mild toothpaste? I've always ground my teeth and also wear a night guard. How's your gum line? Mine was receding because of all the stress I was putting on it between the grinding and using a hard bristled brush (that's why I switched to soft). I was also a pretty aggressive brusher because I thought the problem was lack of oral hygiene, not overdoing it which is what I was doing. Anyway, I had a gum graft done by a periodontist about a year ago and it made a huge difference.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 18, 2012
at 10:59 AM

Yes, it's amazing how inflamed your gums can get from bruxism!

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on April 18, 2012
at 01:55 PM

I use an Oral-B professional toothbrush and I think the brustles are medium soft. My gums are a bit deep in one part of my mouth but it's been stable for years and otherwise they're healthy.

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4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

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on April 18, 2012
at 03:40 AM

Acid from food and drinks softens the enamel on your teeth. Then, when you brush, the enamel comes off. Make sure to neutralize the ph of your mouth after you consume acids (and well in advance of brushing) by rinsing with xylitol. Just buy pure xylitol, add water and rinse.

Vit D and K2 might also help remineralize the teeth.

Lastly, flouride toothpaste should help too. Just don't swallow it...

Anyway, give the ph stuff a try and you should feel better in about 1-2 weeks.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on April 18, 2012
at 01:53 PM

Yeah my dentist mentioned the same thing. I typically wait an hour or two before brushing and try to drink water in between since it's a buffer.

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Ba09704971e33481f5716c4790648966

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on April 18, 2012
at 02:32 AM

Definitely give supplementing with Vitamin K2 a try, as well as continue eating paleo if you already do so. If not, do so. Lots of good bio-available minerals in nutrient dense foods.

I take MK7 but I have heard good things about MK4, but eh...

Article for your consideration:

http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2010/12/dr-mellanbys-tooth-decay-reversal-diet.html

Supplement for consideration:

http://www.iherb.com/Thorne-Research-Vitamin-D-K2-1-fl-oz-30-ml/23517

E76821f1019f5284761bc4c33f2bf044

(383)

on April 18, 2012
at 01:41 PM

See also Free the Animal for a thorough discussion on Mk4 vs Mk7 and the massive improvements Richard had in his very problematic teeth and gums after supplementing with K2 via butter oil.

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293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

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on April 18, 2012
at 01:49 PM

i gargle a DROP of tea tree oil in a lot of water and spit out, obv

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on April 18, 2012
at 02:00 PM

Have young kids around so not the best option. Do you have a link showing that it's effective for this usage?

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

(661)

on April 18, 2012
at 10:37 PM

Its good for bacteria but if you don't have bacteria then it won't help

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2e5dc29c61f97d335ffb990508424719

on April 18, 2012
at 10:56 AM

Avoid sugar, acid containing foods and rinse with oil of clove (eugenol) You can get eugenol in any health food store. It does not sound like your problem is decay so I do not think the remineralizing advice (K2 and butter) would help much but they will not hurt.

The eugenol will solve your problem

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on April 18, 2012
at 01:58 PM

Thanks for the suggestion - might give it a try. Are there any toothpastes that include it? Any comment about this statement from Wikipedia? "The FDA now believes there isn’t enough evidence to rate eugenol as effective for toothache pain."

2e5dc29c61f97d335ffb990508424719

on April 19, 2012
at 12:51 AM

I am not aware of it in any toothpaste. Dentistry has been using eugenol to alleviate dental pain long before there was a FDA, let alone a Wikipedia! I have a big bottle of it in my office and use it often. It works because it is a powerful anti-oxidant.

026dde5c5ed48e30d006ac075410871e

(288)

on April 22, 2012
at 08:38 PM

JASON Healthy Mouth toothpaste has clove oil in it: http://www.jason-natural.com/product/078522015253#tabs-ingre It has a very interesting flavour, sort of herby and spicy.

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3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on April 18, 2012
at 07:19 AM

I have the same problem on my front tooth, very sensitive. When I went Paleo it got better. I even started taking D3, K2-Mk7, and Magnesium, to maximize Calcium absorption. They helped. But sensitivity wouldn't go away completely, unless I'd eat dairy. I don't drink milk or cow dairy (except butter & cream), only home-made, near-lactose-free, goat kefir and goat yogurt, and goat/sheep cheese. I can handle goat/sheep dairy just fine (since their casein is not the same as in cows, and the dairy I do has very little lactose in them), and when I do that, the sensitivity goes away. If I'm to not eat such dairy for 3-4 days in a row, the sensitivity comes back. I eat coconut oil, supplement with stuff, I eat offal, fermented foods etc, the whole hard-core Paleo deal. But if I skip the dairy, my teeth are simply not happy. This is a fact for my body.

If you don't have dairy allergies, I'd say go for fermented goat/sheep dairy, but if you do have definite dairy allergies, drink calcium-fortified coconut/almond milk, bone broths, and maybe get that one supplement that has D3+Mg+K2(Mk4)+Calcium in a single pill (twice a day).

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

(11697)

on April 18, 2012
at 05:57 PM

I didn't say anything about erosion. Calcium via dairy does help me with my sensitive tooth.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on April 18, 2012
at 01:57 PM

I'm using GC Mi Paste Plus nightly, which is built from casein and minerals to support remineralization. I also use a prescription flouride toothpaste every morning. I haven't gotten a new cavity in years and I have a few that they've been watching for 3 years as well that aren't progressing so I don't think erosion is the problem.

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