How to Prevent Burned Gums from Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is generally safe, as long as you take a few precautions. Remember to:
- Read: Review all product directions carefully – and then follow them exactly as written.
- Wipe: If the whitening agent comes anywhere near your gums, wipe it off immediately with a soft, damp swab. This typically happens when using a one-size-fits-all, ill-fitting gel tray or applying too much gel.
- Pay Attention: It's worth emphasizing to keep the whitening agent on no longer than the manufacturer recommends. And rinse it off if at any time you feel discomfort.
- Heal: Give your gums a break. If you had to cut short your teeth whitening time because of gum irritation, please don't start the whitening process again until a few days after your gums have fully recovered.
You might also think about using non-peroxide whitening products on the market. Some are marketed as containing only natural ingredients. These products might have their own side effects, including gum irritation, so read the ingredients and directions with care.
Though consumer teeth whiteners contain much lower bleaching agent concentrations than products used in your dentist's office, you might consider professional tooth whitening. In a dental office, you're in a controlled setting with dental professionals taking every precaution to protect your teeth and gums. And they can monitor any irritation situation.
If you have no time for professional teeth whitening, at least ask your dentist for a custom-fitted gel tray to use at home. Also, ask your dental professional to demonstrate how to apply whitening gel into the tray properly.
We all want a dazzling white smile. But in getting that brilliant smile, you don't want your gums to turn white (or red) from bleaching agents. Make sure you recognize when your gums are irritatingly burning so you can take steps to soothe your gingival tissue. Next time you whiten your teeth, take preventive measures so when you smile, your teeth dazzle, and your gums look pink and healthy.