Yellow teeth are the thing of nightmares… And most of us therefore, go in for annual or half yearly tooth whitening sessions. But that comes with pain of its own – tooth sensitivity after whitening!
Normally, teeth whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide and bleaching agents. These corrode the outer layer of the teeth. Also, they penetrate into your tooth and increase pressure on the tooth pulp. The result is whiter teeth, but also the irritation of the dental nerves.
While you need to whiten your teeth anyway, you will need some way to deal with this sensitivity. And here are the tips that we suggest:
- If you are doing it at home – follow the package instructions very carefully – if you keep it on for too long, it will just corrode more and increase sensitivity further.
- Go for products that have lower peroxide content.
- Use fluoride toothpaste or mouth washes after the treatment.
- Avoid food that is cold or hot – extremes will trigger the sensitivity.
- Use a toothbrush with soft bristles to reduce discomfort.
- Be sure to have a talk with your dentist regarding the treatment and also about possible remedies.
- Try to make whitening sessions as infrequent as possible.
- A mild over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug taken before you start the treatment can also help.
Tooth whitening may seem like an absolute essential to you. But while you cannot bypass the unpleasant tooth sensitivity after whitening, you can try these simple tricks to decrease the feeling!