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, 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 emphasising that you should not keep the whitening agent on any longer than the manufacturer recommends. Rinse it off if you experience discomfort at any time.
- Heal: Give your gums a break. If you had to cut short your teeth whitening time because of gum irritation, don't start the whitening process again until a few days after your gums have fully recovered.
You might also consider 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 may want to 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. They can also monitor any irritation that may occur.
If you have no time for professional teeth whitening, why not ask your dentist for a custom-fitted gel tray to use at home? 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 recognise when your gums are burning or feel irritated, so you can take steps to soothe your gingival tissue. Next time you whiten your teeth, take preventive measures so that, when you smile, your teeth dazzle and your gums look pink and healthy.
The above information is provided for informational purposes only. Colgate does not accept any liability should the above recommendations have an outcome contrary to the intended result. Always seek the advice of a qualified doctor or dental professional. Do not disregard professional advice or delay seeking it because of something you have read in this article.