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: This is important – you should keep the whitening agent on no longer than the manufacturer recommends. Rinse it off if at any time you feel discomfort.
- Heal: Give your gums a break. If you’ve had to cut short your teeth whitening process because of gum irritation, let your gums fully recover. Then, after a few days, start the process again.
Although over-the-counter whitening products have their place, you may want to consider professional teeth whitening. In a dental office, you’re in a controlled setting with dental professionals taking every precaution to protect your teeth and gums. Plus, they can monitor any irritation that may occur.
If professional teeth whitening doesn't suit you, ask your dental professional for a custom-fitted gel tray to use at home. While you’re with your dental professional, ask him or her to demonstrate how to apply whitening gel into the tray properly.
Most of us would like a sparkling, white smile. But in achieving that smile, you don’t want your gums to turn white (or red) from bleaching agents. So make sure you notice when your gums are becoming irritated or burned. Providing you take steps to protect your sensitive gingival tissue, you can spend more time enjoying your brighter, whiter smile!