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Getting your pearly whites whitened can help you feel like a new you, but sometimes the process leaves teeth feeling sensitive. If this has happened to you, don’t worry: it’s a regular part of the process for multiple people. To reduce the sensitivity associated with teeth whitening, you have some options to consider.

Try using a sensitivity toothpaste. These toothpastes are developed to numb and/or relieve sensitivity, and they contain chemicals like potassium nitrate to do so. They typically cost slightly more than normal toothpaste, but you should be able to go back to your usual after using the sensitivity toothpaste a couple of weeks.

A few patients have had luck chewing gum. Studies show that chewing gum produces more saliva, and that saliva can reinforce your teeth, reducing sensitivity. Chewing gum might also be an effective way to distract your mind from your uncomfortable pearly whites.

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

Are you interested in receiving teeth whitening in the Campbell, California, area? Dr. Vinh T. Pham and the team at Kirkwood Dental are teeth whitening experts, and they’d be thrilled to help you achieve the smile you deserve. Please give them a call at 408-378-8500 now to schedule your next appointment.