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Do Teeth Whitening Processes Increase Tooth Sensitivity?

Having your teeth whitened is a great way to improve your smile easily. Dr. Renuka Kumar and Dr. Davina Kumar provide these services at Kumar Dental. If you are considering teeth whitening in Scottsdale, AZ, you may be wondering about possible side effects. One common side effect of this process is tooth sensitivity. Keep reading to learn more. 

What Causes Sensitivity Following Whitening?

Although whitening is considered a very safe dental procedure, many patients do report an increase in tooth sensitivity directly following their sessions. It is important to note, though, this sensitivity is temporary and does not cause any lasting effect on your teeth. 

Tooth sensitivity is often caused by the bleaching formula used during the whitening process. This formula will break down some of the surface minerals on your teeth. This temporary breakdown of minerals will make the teeth more porous for a short amount of time. When these pores are opened up on your teeth, the teeth will be more sensitive to hot and cold substances and to cold air. 

Please keep in mind, that your body will quickly rebuild these minerals back up on the surface of your teeth. There is no damage done to your teeth. 

How To Relieve Temporary Sensitivity  

If you do experience sensitivity following your teeth whitening in Scottsdale, AZ, there are a few things you can do at home to help. First, you should use toothpaste for sensitive teeth. It is also a good idea to avoid extremely hot or extremely cold substances for a few days until the sensitivity wears off. You can also use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid discomfort. It is advised to avoid certain foods such as very acidic foods as these can increase sensitivity. 

If you would like to learn more about our practice, or if you are interested in teeth whitening in Scottsdale, AZ, please contact Dr. Renuka Kumar and Dr. Davina Kumar at Kumar Dental by calling 480-767-6918.

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