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Jean E. Barthman, DDS
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Redwood City, CA 94063
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Dr. BarthmanBeauty, Health and Comfort. These words best describe the office of Dr. Barthman. Because of her years of experience and education, she possesses the latest knowledge and techniques in restorative and cosmetic dentistry to help you achieve optimal results.

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  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Chew sugarless gum instead of sugary varieties.
  • Floss daily and if possible, after every meal.
  • Prevent plaque and cavities by reducing your daily intake of sweet snacks.
  • Schedule a cleaning and oral examination with Dr. Barthman once a year.

 

How to Reduce Sensitivity after Teeth Whitening

October 14, 2013 @ 04:22 PM -- by Dr. Jean Barthman

Redwood City Teeth Whitening and SensitivityTeeth whitening is an ideal way to help rejuvenate your smile, while dramatically improving the overall appearance of your teeth. The best news is that the procedure takes minimal effort and time. For Redwood City teeth whitening patients, sensitivity is often a common side effect following the procedure, leaving patients with some degree of pain and discomfort during and after the procedure. In most cases, however, tooth sensitivity after teeth whitening treatment is mild and only lasts a short period of time. Modern day cosmetic dentistry offers safe and effective teeth whitening procedures with minimal discomfort. Additionally, there are several ways in which you can help minimize any pain associated with teeth whitening.

Why Sensitivity Increases after Teeth Whitening

There are a number of reasons you may experience an increased level of tooth sensitivity after the whitening process. While you whiten, the protective layer of minerals is stripped from the tooth, which will increase the tooth’s porousness. This also will expose the nerves of the tooth temporarily, which results in increased teeth sensitivity.

Another reason you may experience increased sensitivity after the tooth whitening process is due to a condition known as pulpitis. This condition is the result of an increase in blood flow to the pulp of the tooth, creating more pressure in the pulp, and irritating the nerve of the tooth, producing discomfort. The occurrence of pulpitis is rare and usually does not last for more than two weeks.

Preventing Tooth Sensitivity after Whitening

In most cases, the increase in tooth sensitivity following the teeth whitening process will not last for more than a few days. The following are steps patients can take to help prevent teeth sensitivity after a whitening treatment:

  • Soft bristled toothbrush: Rather than using your usual hard bristled toothbrush, opt for a softer bristle. Hard bristles can be abrasive and enhance the sensitivity of your teeth.
  • Cold and hot foods: After you have your teeth whitened, you may find that sensitivity is increased when you eat cold or hot liquids. You can prevent this increased discomfort simply by avoiding these items for a few days after the treatment.
  • Acidic drinks and foods: After whitening, your teeth will be much more vulnerable to the effects of acidic drinks and foods, which can cause significant damage. The acid levels in these food items can actually damage your teeth enamel, causing more sensitivity.
  • Avoid brushing for a few hours after treatment: Do not brush your teeth immediately after the teeth whitening process, as this can not only increase sensitivity, but also damage the enamel and cause the pores in the teeth to open even more. You should brush your teeth before whitening.
  • Use toothpaste designed for sensitivity: There are a number of toothpastes that are specifically designed for use by people with sensitive teeth, and using these will help to reduce discomfort.
  • Use ibuprofen: Taking a form of ibuprofen prior or after the whitening process can help reduce discomfort.

Learn More about Reducing Sensitivity after Whitening

You can achieve a bright, white, and radiant smile without having to experience pain and discomfort. To learn more about your tooth whitening options and how to achieve whiter teeth comfortably, schedule a consultation with Dr. Jean E. Barthman and be on your way to your best smile yet!