How to Decrease Sensitivity After Tooth Whitening

We all desire sparkling white teeth. Fortunately, tooth whitening treatments can help. They can get rid of any stains or discolorations and help you feel more confident when you smile. While teeth whitening treatments are effective, they may cause sensitivity for a short period of time.

Fortunately, there are several ways you can reduce sensitivity after tooth whitening and alleviate any discomfort you may be facing. Here are our tips:

Use a Prescribed Toothpaste Or Gel

Believe it or not, there are special prescription toothpastes and gels available to make it easier for you to cope with sensitivity. Since sensitivity after tooth whitening typically only lasts 48 hours, you can return to your regular toothpaste afterwards.

Brush Gently

Although it’s always important to brush gently, it’s particularly vital after undergoing a tooth whitening treatment. In addition to brushing gently, use a soft bristled toothbrush and lukewarm water.

Avoid Hot and Cold Drinks

If possible, refrain from drinking drinks such as tea and coffee that are especially hot and cold drinks like ice soda. These drinks can make your teeth even more sensitive and even stain them. It’s best to stick to water.

Try Pain Medication

In the event your discomfort is moderate to severe, an over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen may be a good idea.

Contact River Run Dental

For more information on professional teeth whitening and how to alleviate the sensitivity it may cause, contact our office at (804) 262-1060.