Tooth sensitivity occurs to patients who whiten their teeth. For some patients, it could be mild sensitivity and for others it could be severe. Sensitivity in teeth makes whitening a bit complicated process. This is the reason it is good to consult your dentist before starting teeth whitening. Our dentists develop the most effective and comfortable treatment option for whitening sensitive teeth.
For those who are unwilling to bear the pain whitening teeth can cause, here are some quick ideas that will get them long-lasting sensitivity protection:
Choose the Right Toothpaste
A good toothpaste for every day will keep your gums intact and teeth shining. Go for stain stopping toothpaste. Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles because a hard one can damage your teeth and gums. Regardless of the toothbrush you choose, use a proper brushing technique. Brush your teeth’s surface gently and in a circular pattern.
Brush After Eating Foods That Stain
The most common stain inducers are food and beverages that you can’t live without. You can still eat and drink food staining products, but brushing soon after consuming darkening beverages will help. Flossing helps eliminate places for potential staining. So, it is best to practice flossing regularly.
Rooted in ayurvedic medicine, Oil pulling is an age-old remedy to detoxify teeth and gums. It not only whitens teeth but also beneficial for gum health. Oil pulling is the act of swishing oil in the mouth for 20-25 minutes. Once the mixture is spit out, it should have changed from a clear substance to milky white liquid. This method also minimizes plaque and leads to better oral hygiene.
Activated charcoal is a highly absorbent porous substance that binds tannins (a substance that causes staining and teeth yellowing). Mix a teaspoon of charcoal powder in water and swish with it for a few minutes. Hence, brushing with charcoal is another effective remedy for whitening sensitive teeth.
Avoid Food That Is Cold in Temperature
If you have sensitivity, you must avoid food like ice cream sandwich, ice water and popsicles. These items will irritate your sensitive teeth. So, it is advisable to avoid them.
Before trying any of these methods, we recommend a consultation with our dentists. They can easily guide you through the whitening process and suggest which method may be right for you. They can also let you know which products to use based on the level of sensitivity your teeth has.