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Dental Sensitivity After Teeth Whitening: How Can You Avoid It?

May 27, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — fourtowndentalcare @ 3:40 pm
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Dental sensitivity is very uncomfortable; it can make you shy away from eating your favorite hot, cold, and spicy foods! Unfortunately, this issue commonly occurs after a teeth whitening treatment. Why does it happen, and is there anything you can do to avoid it? This blog post explains some important information.

Sensitivity After Teeth Whitening: Why Does It Happen?

Usually, sensitivity after teeth whitening occurs because the whitening formula opens the microscopic pores in tooth enamel. This makes it easier for outside stimuli to affect the tubules in the second layer of the teeth (called the dentin). The tubules carry sensations to the nerves inside the teeth, which in turn can send pain signals to the brain. The good news is that increased sensitivity after a whitening treatment usually lasts just a few days.

Of course, sensitivity after whitening could have other causes. If you have an untreated cavity or gum recession, it will be much easier for the whitening formula to contact the sensitive parts of your teeth, which can cause significant discomfort.

Is It Possible to Avoid Sensitivity After Teeth Whitening?

For most people, it is possible to avoid or minimize dental sensitivity after a whitening treatment. Here are some tips that might help:

  • Visit your dentist. They can examine your mouth and let you know whether your oral health is good enough for you to undergo cosmetic treatment. If you have cavities or other issues, they can be treated before your whitening procedure.
  • Opt for professional whitening. Professional whitening treatments can be customized to individual needs and preferences. If you are naturally prone to dental sensitivity, let your dentist know. They can adjust your treatment with the goal of causing minimal discomfort.
  • Modify your diet. It may be best to eat a somewhat bland diet for a few days after your treatment. You should avoid anything that is extremely hot or cold. It would also be wise to avoid spicy and acidic foods. Things like leafy greens, lightly seasoned meats, and dairy products can all be good choices.

Dental sensitivity is annoying, but that does not mean you should hold back from getting your teeth whitened. Talk to your dentist to learn how you may be able to brighten your smile with as little discomfort as possible.

Meet the Practice

The team of experts at Four Town Dental in Enfield is proud to offer two types of teeth whitening: in-office treatments and convenient, customized take-home kits. If you are bothered by stubborn dental stains and/or have concerns about teeth sensitivity, we would be happy to speak with you and provide personalized advice. To learn more about us or to request a consultation, get in touch with our office at 860-856-6928.

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