January 17th, 2020
Generally speaking, teeth whitening is very safe. However, some people may develop tooth sensitivity if they use a highly concentrated whitening agent. Gum recession, which exposes the sensitive dentin under the enamel, can also cause tooth sensitivity during whitening.
Using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth and limiting the time you whiten can lessen these symptoms. If you experience any tooth sensitivity, be sure to call your dentist and make sure there isn't another cause for your discomfort.
If you try an over-the-counter whitener, look for an American Dental Association seal of approval to make sure the product has been tested and deemed safe for at-home use.
Regardless of the whitening method used, your teeth will need to be touched up occasionally to maintain their radiance. Twice daily brushing and flossing combined with regular professional cleanings and exams are one of the most effective ways to not only keep your body healthy but your smile bright. Limiting foods like coffee, wine, and tea can help increase the time between touchups, too.
This Valentine's Day, why not give yourself the gift of a beautiful smile you can't wait to love.