How to Deal with Tooth Sensitivity After Whitening

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White teeth are a classic summer accessory that can take years off your appearance and give you a boost of confidence. However, occasionally patients experience a little bit of tooth sensitivity after whitening treatment. Tooth sensitivity occurs as a result of the bleaching agent used in whitening products. In most cases, tooth sensitivity lasts for 48 hours or so. However, there are a few things you can do to limit tooth sensitivity after whitening your teeth.

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How Can You Limit Tooth Sensitivity After Whitening Teeth?

One of the easiest changes you can make to ease sensitive teeth involves switching up your toothpaste. Use a toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth to protect your teeth and ease sensitivity. You should also make sure you’re using a soft-bristled toothbrush and brushing your teeth gently. That actually applies to any time you brush your teeth: vigorous pressure or a hard-bristled brush can damage enamel and irritate gums.

What Does Tooth Sensitivity Feel Like?

Tooth sensitivity feels like a sharp pain that generally occurs when your teeth are exposed to very hot or very cold food or drink. Tooth sensitivity can even be exacerbated by cold weather in the winter. You can limit your exposure to hot or cold foods to try to reduce sensitivity after whitening teeth. You can also reach for a straw to limit the exposure of your teeth to hot or cold drinks.

At Edgewater Dental Arts, we offer three types of tooth whitening treatment that can give you the smile of your dreams: Zoom whitening, at-home teeth whitening, and Phillips Zoom QuickPro. During your consultation, our team will work with you to determine the best whitening option based on your goals, your oral health, and your budget. To ask our team any questions about teeth whitening or to schedule your next visit, call our office today!

Dr. John Cutting

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.