How to Whiten Sensitive Teeth
Sensitive teeth must be whitened cautiously, using gentle products that contain natural tooth whiteners. These ingredients include activated charcoal and coconut oil, which won’t cause sensitivity like more common whitening agents do. In addition to choosing the right teeth whitening products, it’s important to use the right techniques, such as timing your brushing correctly.
Many people crave a brilliantly white smile, which conveys friendliness and approachability, not to mention attractiveness. Yet, teeth bleaching is a harsh treatment that often results in sensitivity. However, if you experience sensitivity or pain after bleaching your teeth, there are still effective, yet gentle options you can use to achieve naturally white teeth.
Use natural toothpaste with activated charcoal
People who have trouble using whitening agents that contain hydrogen peroxide may have better luck with activated charcoal. This is a natural ingredient that is mildly abrasive. It’s a finely ground powder made from oxidized coconut shells, wood, and similar materials. Activated charcoal can gently scrub away and even absorb surface stains. These days, this ingredient is found in many products. However, it’s best to look for a natural whitening toothpaste for sensitive teeth that is made sustainably and cruelty-free.
Try oil pulling with activated charcoal
You've probably seen whitening mouth rinses on supermarket shelves. Since these typically contain harsh ingredients like hydrogen peroxide, they may not be beneficial for sensitive teeth. Instead, consider adding oil pulling to your tooth care routine. Oil pulling may sound complicated, but it's really quite simple, and it's been used for thousands of years to gently cleanse the teeth. It involves swishing some oil around in your mouth and then spitting it out. Follow this by brushing as you normally would.
When shopping around for an oil pulling product, look for one that will both support oral hygiene while also helping to whiten your teeth. It’s recommended that you choose an oil pulling product with activated charcoal. Not only will this whiten your teeth, but it will also help trap bacteria and toxins, eliminating them from the microbiome of your mouth.
The product you choose should ideally contain coconut oil as well. Like activated charcoal, coconut oil both whitens and protects the teeth. It naturally has antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties to support a squeaky clean you can trust.
Time your brushing correctly
Toothpaste and oil pulling with activated charcoal should be sufficient to gently whiten your teeth without causing tooth sensitivity. However, if you are tempted to use a stronger whitening product, such as whitening strips, always look for a product with the lowest possible concentration of whitening agent. In addition, brush your teeth prior to using the product, rather than after. This will help prevent enamel erosion, which is one major cause of tooth sensitivity.
Similarly, you can help reduce tooth sensitivity by not brushing too soon after eating acidic foods. Acidic foods like tomato sauce and oranges weaken the enamel. Wait 30 minutes after consuming them before brushing your teeth to prevent sensitivity and keep your enamel strong.