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How to Prevent Sensitivity after Tooth Whitening

By on August 07, 2011

Teeth whitening is a great way to give a smile that you can be proud of. Yet, one thing that many people experience following teeth whitening treatment is tooth sensitivity. This is not an uncommon thing given how the bleaching agent penetrates the enamel and part of the dentin layer of a tooth in order to brighten a smile. Sometimes this is mild in terms of discomfort, though some patients notice acute tooth sensitivity.

At our Philadelphia area cosmetic dentistry practice, Dr. Bruce J. Wilderman will work to ensure that your experience with whitening is as positive and pain-free as possible. Let’s take a quick look at what we can do to minimize tooth sensitivity and what you can do at home to makes sure your teeth aren’t the source of discomfort.

On our end, we will be very attentive to your needs during the actual treatment. Two causes of acute tooth sensitivity include using too much bleaching agent and leaving the bleaching agent on too long. (Many people who use at-home whitening kits experience tooth sensitivity both these issues, hoping to make the whitening process faster with uncomfortable results.) We will always do what is in your best interests to ensure that the Philadelphia tooth whitening process is followed to the letter.

After teeth whitening treatment, it is not uncommon for us to use a tooth desensitizer on your treated teeth. This substance is harmless and will help reduce feelings of tooth sensitivity following treatment. That’s just one of the many ways we can ensure you have a great experience at our practice.

As for what you can do, be sure to drink lukewarm liquids for a day or two following your whitening treatment, as these will not trigger tooth sensitivity like hot or cold liquids can. The same goes for foods--be sure to avoid extremes in temperature. When brushing your teeth, you can use a toothpaste that’s designed for sensitive teeth, and also be sure to rise with lukewarm water. In addition, a soft-bristle toothbrush is ideal since it’s gentler on your teeth.

If you would like more information about teeth whitening and the many other options you have for achieving a beautiful smile, contact our Doylestown cosmetic dentistry office today.

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