Gum Irritation and Teeth Whitening
Gum irritation is a common side effect during a tooth whitening treatment.
While it’s usually mild and rarely causes serious discomfort, there are steps you can take to prevent gum irritation during the whitening process.
To prevent gum irritation:
- Follow the instructions carefully on all over-the-counter whitening systems.
- Avoid having whitening gels, strips or paint-on products come in contact with your gums.
- Don’t overdo it. Higher peroxide concentrations and more frequent use don’t give better results as teeth can only whiten a certain amount at a time.
- Custom fitted trays made in the dental office help prevent gum irritation by keeping excess whitener away from the gums. See your dentist for a bleaching kit that you can take home.
- Some dentists use a dental dam that isolates the teeth from the bleaching agent and prevents it from getting on the gums. Schedule an appointment for in-office professional tooth whitening with better results and fewer side effects.
See your dentist to get a recommendation for the best whitening treatment for your dental needs.