In this article I’m going to talk about the different causes of tooth sensitivity and how tooth whitening gel can help. Both sensitivity and tooth sensitivity usually occur when you are done treating your teeth, but tooth sensitivity can also happen after teeth whitening. To help keep a brighter smile, brush twice daily with a tooth whitening gel and floss daily. Here are some causes of tooth sensitivity that you can use tooth whitening gel for.
Age. Many dentists recommend tooth whitening gel is used on people over 60 years old. Why? Because it helps fight tooth decay which can cause cavities and even tooth loss over time. A plaque-free mouth will make it easier for your teeth to stay white.
Medications. If you are taking medication that has anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medications, then it can have some side effects. Some medications can cause you to experience tooth sensitivity. Ask your doctor if you are taking any medications that may have this side effect before using them.
Certain drugs. Teeth whitening gels aren’t going to whiten your teeth just like regular tooth pastes. You need to be careful about the products you use. Some contain strong chemicals that could interact with other medications you’re taking or with your health. If you experience any type of side effects, stop taking the medicine and contact a dentist right away.
Overuse of tray-based tooth bleaching gels. This includes the strips, trays, and kits. The ingredients in these products are designed to work fast. They contain strong peroxide ingredients that will bleach your teeth quickly. If you use a tray-based product more than twice a week or are using the products longer than instructed, you could have an increase in sensitivity or tooth sensitivity.
Using gels that contain trays. This type of whitener contains gels that are applied to your teeth using a tray. Some people experience tooth sensitivity after using these trays, but this usually goes away after a few weeks. The best part is, these side effects usually don’t last long. If you experience any changes, you should contact your dentist immediately to find out what is causing them.
At-home bleaching products. These include whitening kits that you can buy online or make at home. They generally work faster than a dentist appointment, but they can also cost a lot more. If you choose this option, remember that it is important to speak with your dentist to find out his opinion on using a tray or at-home bleaching product. Your dentist will be able to tell you which ones are the safest and best for your specific situation.
Teeth whitening without sensitivity. Teeth whitening can also include a home-based bleaching solution that is specially designed for sensitive teeth. In most cases, this type of bleaching works just as well as the over-the-counter versions. It may not give you as dramatic of a change, but if your teeth are sensitive, this may be your best option. If you’re looking for a quick, easy way to get whiter teeth without the stress of sensitivity, this might be the option for you.
Whitening toothpastes. Whitening toothpastes use a gel that you apply to your teeth. These toothpastes are available at your dentist office or in many different places throughout the country. Most toothpastes contain either trays or gels.
Whitening gels. In-office whitening procedures often use gels. The gels are applied to the teeth using trays. A laser is then used to activate the gel and whiten the teeth at the same time. Whitening gels can take a bit longer to work than the trays, so you may have to wait for them to dry before eating or drinking anything after the procedure.
Whitening toothpastes. If you don’t want to go through the trouble of applying or using your own whitening toothpaste, you can get an over-the-counter whitening toothpaste. Most of these whitening toothpastes contain gels or strips that you simply brush over the teeth. Many of these products are designed to work on sensitive teeth, such as those with sensitive gums. Whitening toothpastes can also be used more frequently than the gels, which can make them less effective if you frequently change your mouth habits.
Over-the-counter bleaching products. There are many over-the-counter bleaching products available, including toothpaste, mouth washes, whitening strips, and whitening gels. You can purchase these products over-the-counter, at a clinic or at your dentist’s office. Some of these products, like whitening toothpastes, gels and trays, should not be used if you have sensitive gums.
Brit Phillips DDS
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