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Did you get tooth whitening and now your morning coffee is a little uncomfortable? It’s completely normal to have tooth sensitivity after a whitening treatment. The good news is it’s easy to mitigate the effects of tooth sensitivity! Here are 3 key actions you can take:

1. Use desensitizing toothpaste: Switching to a desensitizing toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth can help alleviate post-whitening sensitivity. These toothpaste contain ingredients such as potassium nitrate or strontium chloride, which help reduce tooth sensitivity and discomfort. Brushing with a desensitizing toothpaste for a few weeks before and after the whitening treatment can be beneficial.

2. Avoid hot or cold foods and drinks: After teeth whitening, your teeth may be temporarily more sensitive to temperature changes. To minimize sensitivity, try to avoid consuming extremely hot or cold foods and beverages immediately after the treatment. Opt for lukewarm or room temperature items instead. Over time, as your teeth adjust, sensitivity should diminish.

3. Take over-the-counter pain relievers: If you experience mild sensitivity or discomfort after teeth whitening, over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help manage the symptoms. Follow the recommended dosage instructions and consult with us if you have any concerns or if the sensitivity persists.

Post-whitening sensitivity is typically temporary and should subside within a few days. If sensitivity persists or becomes severe, check in with your Chiu Dental team and we can assess next steps!