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Getting your pearly whites whitened can make you feel like a whole new you, but from time to time the procedure leaves chompers feeling sensitive. If this has happened to you, don’t worry: it’s a not unusual part of the process for multiple people. To diminish the sensitivity associated with teeth whitening, you have some options to consider.

The first thing you should do is try using a sensitivity toothpaste. These toothpastes are fashioned to numb and/or relieve sensitivity, and they contain materials such as potassium nitrate to do so. They regularly cost a little more than normal toothpaste, but you should be able to return to your normal toothpaste after using the sensitivity toothpaste a couple of weeks.

A few patients have had luck chewing gum. Studies show that chewing gum creates extra saliva, and that spit can support your chompers, reducing sensitivity. Chewing gum might also be a powerful way to distract you from your uncomfortable teeth.

If you are noticing uneasiness from in-home whitening and still using the whitening product, hold off on additional procedures for a while. Your teeth may need a break from the bleach in the whitening trays or paint-on gel glue before they’re ready for additional treatment.

Are you interested in receiving teeth whitening from professionals in the Worcester, Massachusetts, area? Dr. Mundra and the staff at Grace Family Dental are teeth whitening specialists, and they’d love to help you achieve the smile you want. Please give them a call at 508-471-5181 now to set up your next visit.