Looking for solutions to teeth whitening sensitivity? While most people experience little or no discomfort after a teeth whitening procedure, there are those who experience gum irritation or tooth sensitivity. In extreme cases, some patients report intermittent pain following the cosmetic treatment. If you are apprehensive about the treatment due to any preconceived notions about post-whitening pain or discomfort, you would be happy to know that there are ways to avoid or eliminate them. Before sharing the tips, it helps to have a basic understanding of the pain itself: where it comes from and what triggers them?
Teeth sensitivity occurs when the bleaching molecules penetrate the outer layers of our teeth, increases the pressure and blood flow in the tooth pulp and irritates the tooth nerve. The increased pressure causes mild pulpitis, an inflammation of the dental pulp, which makes our teeth more sensitive to different stimuli. Every patient responds differently to the bleaching agent. Mild pulpits can generally last for approximately two days.
The best way to avoid teeth sensitivity is to practice good oral hygiene combined with balanced diet. Obviously, periodic visits to the dentist – recommended at least two times a year – will greatly reduce the likelihood of dental trouble.
Beyond the basic tenets of great oral care, here are other tips to consider if you wish to avoid post teeth whitening sensitivity:
Use Fluoride Toothpaste or Floss Prior to Teeth Whitening Treatment
Just prior to the whitening session, don’t forget to brush your teeth with a high fluoride toothpaste. You may also want to rinse with a fluoride mouthwash for a few weeks prior to the whitening appointment. The fluoride ingredient will help greatly to strengthen the outer enamel of your teeth. Some dentists may even advise you to take an ibuprofen (anti-inflammatory drug) before and after the procedure.
Test Your Tooth Whitening Gels with Small Amounts First
For home-use tooth whitening kits like whitening gels or bleaching trays, always start out with a small amount to test the sensitivity of your gums and teeth. Please note that not all over-the-counter whitening products achieve the same results. They also differ in terms of method, active bleaching ingredients and composition of ingredients. For this reason alone, it is difficult to assess OTC whitening products and their efficacy in the broad sense.
Apply Teeth Whitener with Care
Warning: Too much whitening agent can lead to persistent pain and ongoing tooth sensitivity. This is especially true with OTC whitening products. Do not allow the whitening agent to come into contact with soft tissue areas, paying particular attention to where your gums are receding.
Brush Your Teeth with Lukewarm Water
Do this after the whitening procedure. For the first week after treatment, use a soft-bristle toothbrush and avoid extreme temperatures in liquids or food. If the tooth sensitivity persists after a few days, consult with your dentist as there may be underlying concerns.
There is no guarantee that teeth whitening pain or discomfort can be completely avoided. The best thing you can do is opt for a dentist-administered whitening procedure. Not only is that the safer way as compared to OTC products, the dentist is in the best position to control the whitening variables so as to optimize your comfort and reduce the risk of teeth sensitivity. Also, don’t forget to inform your dentist if you have prior teeth sensitivity issues or any concerns of post-whitening discomfort. Your cosmetic dentist will be able to offer you the best alternatives available.
If you want to find out more about Zoom Teeth Whitening in North Sydney call Quality Dental Sydney on (02) 9922 1159 or visit www.qualitydental.com.au