Why does tooth sensitivity appear after whitening?

Dental sensitivity is a condition that is detected when the dentin of the tooth is exposed to some type of external stimulus. It is a very common condition that usually occurs shortly after teeth whitening, although it disappears within a few days.

During whitening, whitening agents are used that reach the dentin to eliminate stains and discoloration of the teeth. The use of these products can cause irritation to the pulp of the tooth and lead to sensitivity.

Dr. Javier de la Cruz, an expert in esthetic dentistry, says that dental sensitivity is accompanied by a particular sensation of pain that, despite being intense in most cases, disappears in a few seconds. This is basically the time it takes for the external stimulus to react with the nerve. However, he also adds that sensitivity can appear as a consequence of certain oral pathologies or infections such as: periodontitis, caries, bruxism, dental trauma or even aggressive tooth brushing.

What can you do to avoid tooth sensitivity after whitening?

Despite the obvious, the most important thing is to go to an experienced center and avoid applying this type of treatment at home. Home whitening tricks do not work and are not safe.

In addition, depending on the type of patient and his or her needs, the dental clinic may resort to Philips Zoom treatment. It is not very common but it does allow us to achieve quality results in a short period of time. Thanks to the Philips LED light, teeth whitening is performed safely and in a single session.

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However, regardless of the method used, tooth sensitivity will occur. To minimize discomfort, Dr. Javier de la Cruz advises us:

Before teeth whitening:

  • Avoid eating very acidic or spicy foods.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Do not use toothpicks to remove food debris. Instead, you can use interproximal brushes or an oral irrigator.
  • Avoid drinking excessively hot or cold beverages.

After teeth whitening:

  • Maintain proper oral hygiene.
  • Use soft bristle toothbrushes and toothpaste as well as mouthwash for sensitive teeth.

In any case, it is best to go to a center and make an appointment. You can visit the BordonClinic center, their specialists will make an assessment and design the most appropriate aesthetic treatment for you.