At-home teeth whitening and tooth sensitivity: What you need to know

Your smile is very precious and you will always want to do the most you can to make it look it’s best and maintain it. A lot of people opt to a teeth bleaching procedure. Whether it being a teeth whitening kit for home or an in-house teeth bleaching procedure at our clinic in Dubai.

Before you start with this, it is important to learn how you can reduce the extreme effects of teeth whitening. The very first thing is to understand that teeth whitening may give you a nice bright smile but there are also a few side effects which you may have to face. Among the many different things, one problem which you might come across is sensitivity. Apart from this, one of the best things here is that problems associated with tooth whitening are not very acute and hence can be treated easily.

If you are not very lucky you might suffer badly from sensitive teeth and gums which can be quite painful. This can be a problem before or after the whitening process has been done. According to the American Dental Association tooth sensitivity is the most common side effect of teeth whitening. It can range from very mild tooth sensitivity to a sharp, shooting type of pain. Almost always, the sensitivity goes away within a few days and no permanent harm is done to the teeth.

Top tips to avoid sensitivity:

1. When you wish to reduce the overall sensitivity of the tooth during teeth whitening it is important and also advisable that you keep an eye on the amount of fruit and fruit juices which you intake. This will help in reducing the sensitivity which is caused because of tooth whitening. The acidity which is present in these fresh fruits will always be sensitive and hence they will have an effect on your tooth enamel. This will all ultimately lead to tooth sensitivity.

2. Avoid over bleaching. This can over stimulate the nerve ending which causes sensitivity.

3. If using a home whitening system do not use too much whitening gel. Depending on which system you use, a rice grain amount for each tooth is enough. If you have any kind of gum diseases or some other kind of tooth sensitivity then you should really take advice from your dentist about the best type of whitening treatment for you.

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