Have you ever had one of those moments when just the thought of eating ice cream made you grimace a bit? Damn those sensitive feeling in your tooth right?
And we’re not talking about all those carbs you’re taking when you eat a delicious scoop of this creamy delight; we’re talking about the aching sensation you feel in your teeth when you try to grab a bite of this tasty dessert.
If so, then you probably have a case of tooth sensitivity, and we understand how unbearable it can be.
Especially if you’re undergoing a whitening regimen, sensitivity becomes even more of a problem.
However, allow us here at Beautisdom to show you how to get rid of tooth sensitivity from whitening with just a few simple steps!
What You Can Do
Our primary goal here is to make sure you feel little discomfort and pain from your teeth while in the middle of a whitening regimen.
As such, we have to take into consideration that we cannot affect the whitening process along the way, which is no problem at all.
With these tips, you can be sure that your teeth will become the pearly whites you deserve them to be without all the hassle of sensitivity.
So, here are the methods you can use in keeping your chompers free from any aches:
- Before starting your whitening regimen, there is actually a way to reduce the risk of tooth sensitivity. All you have to do is use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth a week or two before you start whitening. Keep in mind, though, that this will not totally remove all sensitivity from your teeth and instead will just lessen it. But hey, it’s a great start and tons better than having sensitive teeth that hurt when you eat or drink something cold!
- Here’s what you might not have known: your teeth are most sensitive when you just finished your whitening regimen. As such, go ask your local pharmacist for a toothpaste or dental gel that’s extra strong against sensitivity. Believe us, the pain won’t last long: it goes only for as long as 48 hours. And, with the help of a proper toothpaste or gel, you can shorten that length.
- Now, when it comes to brushing, we highly advise that you opt for a toothbrush with soft, thin bristles to ensure that you don’t put too much pressure on your newly whitened – and very sensitive – teeth. You can easily find these things at your local supermarket or drugstore.
- Don’t just use your special toothpaste the way you do your regular ones; give it time to seep in and do its job. For this, you’ll have to leave the toothpaste in your mouth after brushing for just a minute or two before rinsing. This will help a lot!
- Like we said, it takes about 48 hours for your newly whitened chompers to lose its sensitivity. In this case, make sure not to eat or drink anything that’s too hot or cold. In fact, try to stick to water for now, since drinks like sodas or coffee could even reduce the whiteness of your teeth.
- If you opted to go with a whitening kit for home use, go and try placing your specialized toothpaste on the trays about half an hour after your regimen in order to make the most out of it.
- Here’s a neat trick: instead of sipping from your glass or cup after you’ve finished your whitening treatment, just go with a straw for now. You see, what makes your teeth hurt when they’re sensitive is when they come into contact with liquids and solids from drink and food, respectively. A straw, on the other hand, reduces this risk.
- It is highly ideal that you only visit your dentist if you still feel teeth sensitivity after the 2 days your regimen has finished. This way, your expert can prescribe ways to adjust your whitening treatment and make the proper changes to get rid of sensitivity.
The Reasons Behind Tooth Sensitivity
So, you must be asking what causes tooth sensitivity in the first place, especially when you’re undergoing a whitening treatment. Here are your answers:
- Whiteners have bleaching molecules in them, and these get inside your teeth and puts pressure on its pulp. Because of this, whiteners cause mild pulpititis, which is nothing to worry about; it just means your treatment is working.
- Your teeth become more porous when you’re whitening, not to mention that these whiteners also scrub out the natural protein on your tooth’s layer. This is only a cause for alarm if you use too many whiteners, though, since all of those things require to strip off your teeth’s layer in order to do their job. So, just remember to use the recommended amount at all times.
Some Additional Tips For Sensitivity
Use these along with the tips with given you earlier to ensure that sensitivity is kept at bay.
- It is common for people to brush and rinse their teeth after whitening. However, to ensure that you can stave off sensitivity, try brushing even before you start your whitening regimen. Not only that but brushing after whitening can even cause more sensitivity since your teeth become weaker at this point. So, brush prior to your treatment and let your teeth regain its natural nutrients and strength afterwards.
- Use a pH-balancing mouthwash! Now, we understand that this is not the usual kind you see in the market, but they’re pretty easy to find. Just ask for one from your pharmacist and they’ll know what to do. What this does is reduce the acid levels of your teeth after whitening, which shoots up because of the whole process. With the use of a ph balancer, though, your pearly whites get the rest they deserve after an arduous whitening session.
And with that, we hope you can reduce any pain or irritating sensation you might get after whitening. Sure, white teeth are all well and good, but nothing beats painless pearly whites!