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Mar
27

Managing Sensitivity During Teeth Whitening

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening products and therapies are growing in popularity as they become more easily accessible. With your dentist’s help, you can turn back time on your smile and restore it to a vibrant, youthful looking shade.

Unfortunately, a whiter smile isn’t the only result of teeth whitening. Many over the counter products result in sensitivity – impacting as many as 3 out of 4 people. The active ingredients can remove stains, but they also impact the sensitive nerves of your teeth.

Avoiding Teeth Sensitivity

The disappointment of sensitivity causes many people to discontinue their treatments and miss out on a brighter smile. If you’re suffering from sensitivity due to a dental bleaching product, talk to your dentist. You can still have a smile to smile about, without experiencing the discomfort. Here are a few tricks and tips to keep in mind:

  • Toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth may help sooth your sensitivity. Start using it several days before your whitening routine, and continue using it daily.
  • Less is more! Over-filling your whitening gels can cause the gel to spill onto your gums, creating tissue burns or irritation.
  • Choose a lower concentration of whitening gel, as higher concentrations may trigger hypersensitivity in some people.
  • Add fluoride into your daily oral hygiene routine. It fights tooth decay and combats mild to moderate symptoms of sensitivity.

Not all whitening products are created equal. Work with your dentist to choose the right type of whitening gel, application system, and concentration for your particular smile needs. Professional grade products delivered by your dentist will work faster, be more effective, and cause less sensitivity than products available over the counter or in boutique spas.

Posted on behalf of:
Rowe Family Dental Care
2320 Satellite Blvd NW #120
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 622-5909

 

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