cure sensitive teeth

Sensitive teeth are one of the common dental disease. Healthy tooth has external and internal parts. External part called enamel and internal part called dentin(1). The external part keeps the internal part protected. The roots of the tooth concealed under the gum tissue. Due to enamel loss, receding gum line, cracks, dental cavities(2), and root erosion the dentin gets exposed, thus makes the tooth sensitive. Here is the simple effective home remedy to treat sensitive teeth.

Take a small piece of ginger, peel and crush it. Place 250 ml water in a vessel. Add crushed ginger in it. Boil for 5 to 7 minutes. Make ginger tea, allow to become warm, strain and drink. Drink twice a day to treat sensitive teeth.

How does ginger cure sensitive teeth?

Ginger has been used as a traditional natural remedy for sensitive teeth. The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger acts effectively and sooth the point of pain. Ginger contains oleoresins, terpenes, and zingiberin. Zingiberin is a natural pain killer, thus helps reduce toothache effectively.

Ginger names in other languages

It is called Inji in Tamil, Adrak in Hindi, Inchi in Malayalam, Allam in Telugu, Ada in Bengali and Oriya, Aadu in Gujarati, Aale in Marathi, Soonthi in Tulu, Adrak in Punjabi and Urudu.

The various health benefits of ginger

Ginger is also called as Zingiber officinale, it is closely related to turmeric and cardamom. Ginger is a popular herbal remedy, it has been used over five thousand in both traditional ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. Raw ginger contains many important vitamins and minerals such as protein, carbohydrate, fibre, potassium, copper, magnesium, manganese, Vitamin C, B6, phosphorous, niacin, iron, calcium and zinc. It also has gingerol a chemical compound with potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Ginger also has many medicinal properties – it is an antiseptic, analgesic, antifungal, anti-nausea, anti-bacterial, carminative, expectorant, anti-viral, anti-spasmodic and so on. Both fresh and dry ginger have similar medicinal properties.

Treats nausea

Ginger prevents nausea and vomiting by inhibiting serotonin function in the digestive tract. It is considered as an effective remedy for morning sickness during pregnancy. A study conducted by Rochester Medical Centre proved that ginger helps to reduce severity of nausea in patients receiving chemotherapy.

Reduce stomach discomfort

Stomach ulcers are painful and cause symptoms like heartburn, indigestion, fatigue, and abdominal discomfort. Studies showed that ginger can protect against the formation of stomach ulcers. Ginger help speed up emptying of the stomach, consume dry ginger powder before a meal to quicken emptying of the stomach.

Relieves menstrual cramps

Ginger is effective in relieving pain and inflammation and it specially cures the pain associated with menstrual cramps. Make ginger tea by using ginger root. Take 2 tablespoons of ginger pieces and crush well. Add the crushed ginger to water and boil well. Allow the tea to cool down, strain and drink the tea. Drink regularly for the first 3 days of your menstrual period.

Reduce cardiovascular risks

A study published in the year 2005 in the “Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology” showed that ginger lowers blood pressure under control. Researchers had investigated the effects of ginger on the blood pressure only on different animals. However, they did not examine the same with humans.

Treats cold and flu

The anti-inflammatory property of gingerol(3) and shaogals help relieve sore throat. These properties fight illnesses like cold and flu in all ages. Drink ginger tea to keep the body warm. Ginger tea is popular in treating headache, fever, common cold and flu. It induces sweating, thus removes toxins from the body and keeps you healthy.

Treats muscle pain

Ginger is considered as an effective pain reliever to treat muscle pain. Take two grams of ginger every day either by drinking ginger tea or supplement form to treat muscle pain. In Indian cuisines, ginger has been used as a part of spices in many dishes. It increases the taste of the food, also provides good health.

Relieves heartburn

If you are suffering from heartburn following with acid reflux (4), peel, grate or slice ginger. Eat raw ginger or steep in water to make ginger tea. The compounds found in ginger act quickly and stop acid reflux.

How to consume ginger?

Here are few ways to eat ginger

  • Take a piece of ginger, chop it and pour hot boiling water over it. Once the water has become warm, add honey and lemon, mix well. Drink hot ginger tea.
  • Take fresh ginger, grated or pureed, add to Indian spiced carrot soup or with sweet potato soup.
  • Grated or minced ginger can be used in almost every stir-fried recipe to make it a little spicier.

 Side effects of ginger

  • High doses of ginger can cause diarrhea. So, if the diarrhea is severe, you should stop consuming ginger.
  • Ginger is good for nausea during pregnancy. But it is important to note the risks as well. Some studies have showed that consuming ginger can increase the risk of miscarriage. Below1500 mg of ginger per day is not dangerous, but still consult a doctor before taking it.
  • Persons who take diabetic medication, must avoid consuming ginger on regular basis. Since it may result in hypoglycemia or excessive lowering of blood sugar.

Expert Medical Opinion – By Dr. Pavithra Dilip, BDS

1.    Why does a patient have sensitive teeth?
Sensitive teeth is typically caused by worn out enamel. Sometimes, other factors like tooth decay, fractured filling, and gum infections can cause sensitivity.
2.  Is it similar to tooth decay?
No, it may be a symptom of decayed tooth.
3. Can you use natural anti-inflammatory foods like ginger to treat sensitive teeth?
Yes, Ginger can be used temporarily to reduce sensitivity caused by tooth decay.
4. When should a person with sensitive teeth consult a dentist?
When sensitivity does not get relieved with home remedies and is persistent in one area of the mouth, it is an indication for a visit to the dentist.

How to treat sensitive teeth with ginger – DIY

  • 1 inch piece Ginger
  • 250 ml Water
  1. To make the drink, use fresh ginger and water.
  2. Take a small piece of ginger, peel and chop. Add the chopped ginger pieces to a mortar.
  3. Crush the ginger well.
  4. Add 250 ml water to a vessel. Add the crushed ginger to water.
  5. Boil for five minutes.
  6. Strain well and transfer to a glass. Drink is now done.

How to use?

Consume 1 cup of this ginger drink twice a day to treat sensitive teeth.

Kalaivani Selvaraj, MBA, got her Master’s degree in Human Resources. Due to her interest in natural healing, she pursued studies in the field of alternative medicine and is certified in Aromatherapy by Isla Verde Spa Training Academy. Ms. Kalaivani Selvaraj is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.