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How to Soothe Sensitive Teeth After Whitening

By Dr Scott Frey

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity after Whitening?

How to Relieve Sensitive Teeth after Whitening

  1. Brush your teeth before whitening not after whitening Brushing right after whitening will further open pores on exposed dentin and create sensitivity It can also damage your enamel since some bleaching agents are slightly acidic Let your teeth recover afterwards

Additional Tips to Prevent Tooth Sensitivity Caused by Whitening

  • Do not use higher concentrations of bleaching agents than you need for the whitening results you want The amount of pulpitis caused by the diffusion of bleaching molecules into your teeth is a function of the concentration of the hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide in the bleaching product, and how much is able to enter the tooth It is also important to keep in mind when examining bleaching concentrations that carbamide peroxide is about ⅓ as strong as hydrogen peroxide
  • You can opt to use Crest White Strips instead of Tray or In-Office bleaching if you don’t need additional whitening Although Tray Bleaching and In-Office Bleaching offer many advantages, they allow more bleaching molecules to enter your teeth Whitening Strips on the other hand, don’t allow many bleaching molecules to enter your teeth because of their design, and this means that you will have less sensitivity
  • Do not leave in bleaching trays for longer than directed
  • Modify your diet to limit acids during active whitening periods If you do a one step in-office whitening this really only applies to the first day or two after whitening, but this is more important if you are in the middle of two weeks of using Crest White Strips Bleaching therapies of all kinds lift the protein pellicle off your teeth making your teeth more vulnerable to acids during this time With the pores on exposed dentin already more open to the oral cavity because of bleaching, you don’t want acid erosion from foods or drinks to make this worse
  • Anti-inflammatories like Ibuprofen can be helpful for sensitivity if taken prior to whitening, but the effect doesn’t last more than a couple hours so you’ll have to take more To work as they should, you should take 600mg of Advil (Ibuprofen) about an hour before bleaching Consult your doctor before taking any medication

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