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  • Writer's pictureAna Lucia F. Soares

Dental Bleaching Vs. Dental Sensitivity

Updated: Nov 23, 2022

Some people have sensitive teeth and wish they had whiter teeth. How whitening treatment can temporarily make teeth sensitive can they be indicated for these patients?

The answer is YES!

Despite the discomfort caused by the sensitivity caustied in the teeth by whitening combined with the sensitivity already present in the patient's teeth, it is possible to whiten them with some care:

- Opt for slow whitening techniques, with low concentration products. Although the results appear more slowly and gradually, constant contact with the dentist must be maintained, so that sensitivity can be kept under control, suspending use for the necessary time if necessary.

- Make continuous use of toothpaste for sensitive teeth before, during and after whitening. Today there are several formulas on the market such as those for immediate relief that reduce and even eliminate sensitivity and when they are used together with whitening they help to control it.

- Making fluoride applications in the office and toothpastes with higher concentrations of fluoride can be used to help in dental remineralization and have therapeutic action for sensitive teeth. These creams should be used under the guidance of the dentist and for a limited time.

- Avoid applying the whitening gel to specific areas of high sensitivity. These areas must be identified by the dentist and must be protected from the action of the gel. Old and infiltrated restorations can cause sensitivity and should be replaced. Worn areas of enamel and/or dentistry must also be restored. Certain areas such as gingival recessions can be protected by correcting them through surgery or application of light cured resins.

- The most important thing: always talk to your dentist so that he can determine the best strategy for your case in a personalized way.

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