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How to Avoid the Side Effects of Teeth Whitening?

Your smile is precious, and it makes sense you would want to keep it in a way that is most visually appealing… but at what cost? Many people go to the dentist for teeth whitening options to give those pearly whites an added boost of shine and whiteness, but few are actually concerned about its harmful side effects. It is in no way implied you should completely say no to whitening, but just work towards avoiding its negative effects so you will be left with a set of healthy and happy teeth.

Avoid the Side Effects of Teeth Whitening - Family Dentist - Anoka Dental
  • Don’t overdo it. The most common side effects that come with whitening are sensitivity and soft tissue irritation. So, whether you are using whitening strips or fruit juice (lemon, strawberry, etc), avoid overusing it. This is because the acid or whitening material in excess might affect your tooth enamel and cause sensitivity.
  • Avoid breathing through the mouth right after a whitening session, and also stay away from consuming hot or cold foods. This is because shortly after the teeth are whitened, they are sensitive and so these actions can cause even more discomfort.
  • If you have sensitive teeth and must use whitening products on them, remember to switch your regular toothpaste with a ‘sensitive’ one for the time being, or even for a longer period of time. You can also rub the anti-sensitivity toothpaste on your teeth and leave it for about thirty minutes.
  • Be careful when putting the whitening gel on your teeth. Avoid your gums from coming in contact with the gel as it can cause you soreness.

Although temporary, the side effects of whitening can cause inconvenience and so you should take the necessary precautionary steps beforehand. This way, you can derive maximum benefit from the teeth whitening treatment you undergo. For more info contact us now!