Tooth Whitening: How to Avoid the Side Effects

Many people opt to whiten their teeth for cosmetic reasons, but it’s important that we’re aware of the risks associated with this procedure. You may be left with lovely pearly whites, but there are a number of side effects that you may be up against too. Fortunately, most of these side effects are easily treatable.

Sensitive teeth

After teeth whitening, you may suffer from sensitive teeth and gums, which can be painful. This pain can happen after the whitening process, but also during it too. Pain in the tooth can be common at this time, ranging from very mild to acute. Research by the American Dental Association suggests that tooth sensitivity is the most common side effect, but the sensitivity almost always goes away within a few weeks.

How to avoid sensitivity

-Keep an eye on the amount of fruit and fruit juices you consume, as the acidity in these juices will make your teeth feel sensitive. In order to reduce the overall sensitivity of the tooth, try and limit how much you consume these fruit juices.

-Don’t over bleach your teeth, as this can over stimulate the nerve endings, which cause sensitivity.

-If using a home whitening system (make sure it’s a reputable one), do not use too much whitening gel.

It’s very important that if you have any kind of gum disease, or some other kind of tooth sensitivity, that you seek advice from your dentist first. It’s also important to remember that a dentist should only provide tooth whitening – beauticians or beauty salons that offer this kind of cosmetic treatment are not legally authorised to provide the necessary valuation and guidance to patients.

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