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Whitening Sensitive Teeth

Whitening Sensitive TeethSometimes more than one thing goes wrong with our dental health at once, and we might want these problems to be fixed as soon as we can. It is possible for these two issues to work against each other, however. Such is the case with teeth whitening and having sensitive teeth.

The teeth can experience a sort of painful “zinging” sensation when exposed to particularly cold or hot foods. This occurs because the enamel on the surface that protects the underlying layers of the teeth has diminished, leaving no barrier between the foods we eat and the dentin. The dentin is made up of crystalline structures with small tunnels leading to the inside of the tooth, meaning the strong temperatures can affect the nerves, which is what causes the zinging pain.

If your teeth are also stained or otherwise discolored, you may want to brighten your smile by doing a tooth whitening treatment. If you are suffering from both issues, it is highly recommended that you see a dentist about whitening, instead of trying an at-home kit. Our dentist will be able to make a recommendation regarding which method to use to so as to minimize risk of making your teeth more sensitive. Any way that does not require the removal of enamel is best, as that can worsen the pain, even when not consuming hot or cold substances. You may also want to use a toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth both prior to and after your whitening treatment appointment.

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