If you've met with your dentist about having a professional whitening procedure done on your teeth, you may be aware of the potential side-effects after it is complete. One of them is increased tooth sensitivity. Thankfully, this problem won't last forever, and there are ways to help deal with the sensitivity while you are recovering.
Use Desensitizing Dental Paste
When you have professional whitening performed, it will open the pores found on the teeth by removing a protective layer of protein, The pores being open are what cause teeth sensitivity when eating or drinking foods that are cold or hot. You may even feel the sensitivity when breathing and have the air pass over your teeth.
It takes time for the protein layer to rebuild itself, which is why you want to use a desensitizing dental paste until then. Your dentist will provide it to you, and instruct you on how to use it. The paste essentially penetrates the open pores and puts a plug in them, which helps protect all the nerves within the teeth and prevents them from becoming irritated.
Use a Salt Water Rinse
Gum irritation can also occur from a whitening procedure. You can use a homemade rinse that combines table salt and lukewarm water to help deal with that irritation. You want the water to be lukewarm so that it does not contribute to sensitivity when from water that's too hot or too cold.
All you need to do is swish the water around in your mouth. After a few minutes, spit it out into your sink. Make sure not to swallow any of the rinse.
Use a Soft Toothbrush
Do you use a firm toothbrush at home? If so, you may need to switch to a toothbrush that has soft bristles. It will be easier on your gums and the teeth, which should help them feel better when you're done brushing. Also, try brushing with a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth to help rebuild that protein layer
Use a Waterpik
Floss can be irritating to your gums and teeth white after professional whitening. Try switching to a Waterpik that can force out the plaque in a very gentle way. You may even like the cleanliness it provides. Consider using a Waterpik after the sensitivity has gone away.
For more tips on dealing with tooth sensitivity and teeth whitening services, ask your dentist about what you can do.