What Can You Do To Treat Burned Gums From Whitening?

You must be familiar with the piercing pain in mouth after biting into something too hot. If that similar feeling comes right after professional teeth whitening, your gums have most likely suffered a burn during the procedure. Yes, you read that right! Choosing a rookie or saving a few bucks with a DIY method can open gates to damaged gums. Let’s look closely at why this happens and what you can do about it.

Gum Burn after Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a popular choice for an inexpensive method to transform your smile. It involves the use of hydrogen peroxide, locally known as the bleaching agent, in varying quantities to produce desired results. While the procedure is generally safe, direct exposure of your gums to a bleaching agent can lead to irritation or burning.
But Why Does This Happen?
Hydrogen peroxide is the culprit here. It is safe when used in the right amounts; however, it can cause sensitivity or intense pain (burn it) when it comes into contact with your gums. On the other hand, whitening toothpaste does not contain bleaching agents, making it gentler on your gums. But be cautious with your brushing technique – too much vigor might still lead to irritation.

Tips and Tricks to Protect Your Gums

  1. Dental Consultation: Before diving into at-home whitening, talk to your dentist, especially if you have a history of sensitivity, to guide products and usage.
  2. Custom-fit Whitening Trays: Opt for a custom-fit tray designed by a professional to prevent product seepage. A perfect fit ensures the chemical content stays on your teeth and away from your gums.
  3. Sensitive Toothpaste: You can switch to using sensitive toothpaste to minimize irritation. It is quite simple yet an effective solution in safeguarding your gums.
  4. Dietary Adjustments: Make it a habit to cut back on acidic foods and drinks such as coffee and citrus fruits. These edibles intensify gum sensitivity, especially post-whitening.
  5. Follow Instructions: Make sure not to skim through the content and read product instructions carefully. Rushing the application or leaving products for too long can increase the risk of irritation and subsequent gum damage.
  6. Gel Cleanup: be very careful while applying whitening gel. Wipe away excess that gets too close to your gums.
  7. Practice Moderation: Resist the urge to whiten your teeth on a daily basis. Excessive use of whitening products harms tooth enamel, leading to increased sensitivity and decay.

Soothing Irritated Gums

If the damage has already been done, fear not – it usually subsides on its own after a few days. Tricks like saltwater rinses provide comfort during this recovery period. Other than that, over-the-counter pain relievers can also help alleviate any lingering discomfort. Also, you can:

  1. Use Warm and Cold Compresses: Apply a hot or cold pack directly to the affected area’s outer surface. Switch between the two until the pain goes down.
  2. Cold Tea Bags: Soak a tea bag in boiling water, let it cool, and place it on your gums. Teas have anti-inflammatory properties that work wonders.
  3. Herbal Paste: Ingredients like turmeric or cloves are feasible ingredients to make toothpaste out of. Apply it to the irritated gums for a few minutes, then rinse. Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties can provide relief; cloves numb the nerves temporarily.

Closing Note

By following the preventive measures, you can show off your dazzling smile all day, every day. If you have questions regarding the teeth whitening process at Nimmi Shine Dental, drop by at 9888 Carroll Centre Rd Suite #112, San Diego, CA 92126, United States. Number: (858) 999-8550

Dr. Joseph Mara

Dr. Joseph Mara

For more than 19 years, Dr. Joseph Mara has been a leading dentist in San Diego, providing affordable, gentle, and honest dental care. Driven by a commitment to patient’s trust and satisfaction, he undergoes continuous education and specialized training in oral implantology and endodontics. At his practice – Nimmi Shine Dental, convenience and comfort are paramount. Utilizing advanced technology such as the Vatech PaX-i3D Scanner and Computer Guided Implant Surgery, the clinic emphasizes efficiency and overall patient well-being. Call us today at (858) 999-8550 to schedule a consultation with our expert dentist.


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