Debra Lynn Dadd

Sensitive Teeth


I have very sensitive teeth and have been told to use a non-alchohol mouthwash and sensitive toothpaste. Well, all the sensitive toothpastes I can find have nitrates in them. Even just using them once a day has caused severe migraines for me. My mouth hurts though! What can I do? Any nontoxic products out there that work very well at stopping the pain and stopping more gum recession? I am sure if I were to ask the pharmacist he would recommend a prescription for toothpaste with extra fluoride. I am sure this isn't good either. Help...Thanks!

POSTED BY JOHANNA :: MO USA :: 03/06/2008 2:03 AM


Readers? Any recommendations?

Debra :-)


This is no advice, just a suggestion:
For a while now I've been using plain baking soda and sea salt
(6 parts b.s. and 1 part salt, blended in a blender) and I will never switch to any brand toothpaste again.
No burning, no irritation, and simply clean teeth.
I also used just baking soda but I kinda like the light salty touch.
Again, I am no dentist and I don't know about any possible long term side effects but I got the recipe from a holistic dentist's website. I would just give it a try.

POSTED BY ULLI :: MARYLAND USA :: 03/07/2008 2:50 PM

Consider homeopathy for a situation like this. Look at an introductory book, DK has one with lots of visuals, and look under first aid/teeth or dental/sensitive teeth. You can buy a bottle of over the counter remedy for $6-8.It's not toxic.Or look online at Or make an appointment with a homeopath.

POSTED BY LAURA :: MAINE USA :: 03/07/2008 3:31 PM

I have been using Melaleuca's Mint Tooth Polish for 3 years. My teeth were so sensitive before using this I had to have full mouth numbing just to have them cleaned. Last visit, I had no plaque and did not need to have numbing gel or novicaine.

H. I.

POSTED BY H.I. :: WISEHOMEBIZ :: [email protected] :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 03/09/2008 6:51 PM

Look online at and click on " The SECRET "

This is my holistic dentist's website which has the ingredients you can use to improve the health of your teeth and gums, plus lots of other useful info!

POSTED BY M :: FLORIDA USA :: 03/17/2008 9:31 PM

Wow I'm sorry to hear about your tooth pain and sensitivities, that sounds painful.

I use the Miessence toothpastes, I have had a very good results with my receding gums from using the toothpaste.

I sell the Miessence products and you can view them on my website, complete ingredients lists are there also so you know what's in the product before you purchase it.

Miessence Organics Mint toothpaste:


Organic Aloe Vera leaf juice, Purified Water, Sodium Bicarbonate, Non-GMO Xanthan Gum, Sea Salt, Organic Spearmint Essential Oil, Organic Peppermint Essential Oil, Organic Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil, Organic Clove Bud Essential Oil, Stevia Rebaudiana Extract

Miessence also makes a very nice mouthwash that is free of alcohol, although there are essential oils in the product.

Miessence Certified Organic Freshening Mouthwash:


Organic Aloe Vera leaf juice, Purified Water, Proprietary Blend of Essential Oils, Organic Spearmint Essential Oil, Organic Peppermint Essential Oil, Sea Salt, Stevia Rebaudiana Extract, Organic Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil, Organic Clove Bud Essential Oil, Organic Myrrh Essential Oil, Natural Gum, Organic Sage Extract, Organic Thyme Extract

Good luck with your search for products that will work for you.



Consider trying an Ayurvedic practice called "Oil Pulling", in addition to some of the natural tooth powders recommended above (I make my tooth powder with clay, powdered herbs like neem and clove, and essential oils like peppermint, as well as the salt and baking soda). You can do a search on 'Oil Pulling' to read what it's about and how to do it. Basically, it is taking about a tablespoonful of oil (like sesame, coconut, or sunflower) and gargling, without swallowing, then spitting out. This rejuvenates the entire mouth and has a beneficial effect on the rest of the body as well. Also, you might try making your own herbal mouthwash. There are so many herbs that are healing to the entire mouth (do a search or refer to an herb book); make a tea out of them and add a drop of a similarly beneficial essential oil and you have your own healing and harmless mouthwash!


My extremely sensitive tooth routine:

Mouthwash daily with myrrh tincture diluted in water.

Salt is too abrasive for my teeth. I use the following recipe for natural toothpaste, and get all of the ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs online for reasonable prices:

1/4 cup white Kaolin clay
1/4 cup food grade vegetable glycerin
20 drops myrrh tincture

4 drops orange essential oil
4 drops clove essential oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops spearmint essential oil
4 drops clove essential oil

Whisk everything together in a bowl until smooth. It will look like mud! Don't let this bother you, it cleans beautifully. Store in a cool dry place away from bright light. I just keep mine in a labeled jar, but you can find empty toothpaste tubes online, if you like. Keeps for 6 months.


Similar to the prior post - my dental hygienist recommended the following (which worked for me for a few months, but I haven't gotten around to trying it again) - Heat olive oil to just smoking. Apply to teeth. (Of course wait until it has cooled to the point that it won’t burn you.) It works the best on teeth that have recently been cleaned (from what she says). Supposeably creates a seal. Again, from my experience it wears off, so isn't a long term fix.

Good Luck! Karen


As a super sensitive mcs person, warm water and a diligent dental routine help with my gingivitis/gum recession. This reduces pain and sensitivity for me. I use Tom's anti-gingivitis toothpaste, dental floss and the most important thing: an ultra-thin gum cleaner brush (looks like a tiny pipe cleaner; brands: DenTek, Gum). I dip it in hydrogen peroxide and use as directed. Originally, my dentist did a plaque scraping slightly under the gum line. Between the teeth was my problem. My gums did bleed a little for awhile, but with nightly use of the above my gums are much better. Also, I find some of my dental pain is from sinus pain- not from gums and teeth. (sinus pain from other triggers- tree allergy, etc. also, grinding teeth)

POSTED BY A. :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 03/25/2008 4:47 PM

It might be worth it to check out Tom's of Maine toothpaste. We used to always stop at their outlet in Kennabunk, Maine when we dropped my daughter off at college.

They made a lot of natural products but have been bought out by Colgate, I think. The store is still there, but I have not been in it for a while. Last time I was in, it seemed they were changing a lot of their products.

I bought a children's tooth gel (grape flavored) there about a year ago to help with my sensitive teeth that is due to receeding gums. Hot, cold, air, sweets, anything can bother them if I'm not extreemly carefull to brush in the right direction. The ingredients in the one I bought are: Sorbitol, water, hydrated silica, grape extract, glycerin, sodium lauryl sulfate, xylitol and xanthan gum. I'm not sure if the gel helped or if brushing correctly did it, but there is no more pain.

For me, I think the mint in other toothpastes make my teeth sensitive. Tom's makes a sensitive toothpaste, and some with or without fluoride. They make gels, and some without SLS also. They make a lot of flavors, supposedly with ingredients derived from natural sources.

If you go to and click on FAQ on the left, there is a lot of information regarding the safety of toothpaste ingredients. You may find one you like. There are websites where you can order their products. But, if you would like to try the grape one the only place I have found it is in a discount store named Reny's in Maine. That makes me think they discontinued that particular product.

POSTED BY KM25 :: CONNECTICUT USA :: 04/01/2008 8:08 AM


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