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How To Manage Sensitivity After Teeth Whitening

How To Manage Sensitivity After Teeth Whitening

Have you recently undergone professional teeth whitening procedure at a dental office Barrie? Do you use an over the counter teeth whitening kit? Many people opt for different procedures to get rid of discolored teeth and get a bright white smile. There are many options and products that you can use to achieve that desired smile. The major drawback to most of the whitening gels is that they cause tooth sensitivity. In fact, according to Reader’s Digest, 78% of people who have undergone external tooth bleaching end up experiencing tooth sensitivity.

Bleaching Vs. Non-Bleaching Products

There are two main ways to whiten teeth: using bleaching products and using non-bleaching products. Gels, toothpastes and mouthwashes used to whiten teeth are made using any of these products. Most bleaching products are designed to change the color of the tooth. The tooth will no longer have its natural color after using these products. They usually contain chemicals like carbamide peroxide as an active ingredient. Bleaching products used for whitening can remove all types of stains including the deep stains inside the tooth as well as the discoloration on the surface of the tooth.

Non-bleaching products on the other hand are designed to remove only surface stains. The have active ingredients or agents that are not as strong as the bleaching products. When a Barrie dentist recommends an over the counter whitening kit, ask if it is a bleaching or non-bleaching product. Most bleaching products can cause sensitivity.

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What Should You Avoid?

You may notice sensitivity of teeth especially during the initial stages of whitening treatment. Whether you are using a bleaching toothpaste or mouthwash, the sensitivity may occur whenever you consume hot or cold foods and drinks. Aggressive tooth brushing can worsen the sensitivity and pain hence should be avoided when you are undergoing any form of whitening treatment. Also, be wary of whitening treatments that contain peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is a strong bleaching agent that can quickly soak up in the enamel and cause your nerves to be exposed resulting in pain.

You should experience minimal sensitivity when using products like whitening toothpaste, other than those that are made using hydrogen peroxide. This is because most whitening toothpastes have non-bleaching ingredients that only work on the surface of the teeth. The outcome of using whitening toothpaste may vary from one patient to another. There are those who get brighter teeth within a minimal time by using whitening toothpaste whereas others will have to undergo more serious cosmetic treatments to achieve the desired look.

Obtaining Relief For Tooth Sensitivity

Dental hypersensitivity can be treated in a number of ways


  • You may want to consider switching your current whitening product to one that causes less sensitivity.
  • Reduce the amount of bleaching product that you use overtime
  • Increase the time between bleaching treatments
  • Ask your family dentist Barrie to recommend a gel or toothpaste for tooth sensitivity
  • Consider a different diet. Avoid hot or cold foods for several days after teeth whitening
  • Do not overuse home whitening treatments


You may also ask your dentist Barrie to recommend bleaching products that have a desensitizing agent.

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