When experiencing gum burn during teeth whitening, it’s essential that you know exactly how to address it and avoid further discomfort. Understanding its source can also help.
It is best to stop the whitening process immediately. Rinsing with a salt water solution helps keep the area clean while soothing any irritation that might exist.
Rinse with Salt Water
Teeth whitening treatments can make a dramatic improvement to your smile, yet can lead to discomfort for gums. There are steps you can take to soothe them and alleviate pain.
As the first step, rinse with cool water. This can help soothe pain and reduce inflammation. A salt water rinse may also be useful; just be careful that its concentration doesn’t become excessive as this may sting your mouth if used too much.
Rinsing with salt water can reduce bacteria levels in your mouth and alleviate irritation caused by bleaching treatments, while also aiding healing. Rinse for 30 seconds in warm water using one teaspoon of salt mixed into it, then spit out. Do this several times each day until results have shown themselves.
One method to alleviate burnt gums is using a cold compress. Cold compresses can help reduce swelling and ease pain; to create one, run some hot but non-scalding water until the water reaches body temperature before using wet cotton cloth to cover the area of mouth experiencing pain.
If your gums start to burn during a whitening procedure, discontinue immediately as continuing can only exacerbate it and further harm soft tissue. Additionally, red and irritated gums should avoid acidic foods and beverages for several days to allow their tissues time to heal before whitening resumes.
If you must ingest acidic substances, using a straw may reduce contact between it and your gums and can also help minimize any associated sensitivity or pain from acid consumption.
If you experience severe burns, it is imperative that you visit your dentist as soon as possible. He or she can assess the injury and suggest treatments to speed healing, such as prescription strength whitening gel or oral rinse, referral to specialists for additional treatments if necessary or healing on its own within days or weeks – although many cases of burned gums due to teeth whitening usually heal themselves within this timeframe.
Apply Cold Compresses
Cold compresses can provide effective relief from gum tissue pain and swelling. A cool gel pack or ice cube wrapped in a towel should be placed on the affected area for several minutes at a time – repeat this every few hours, as necessary.
Salt water rinses can also help your gums stay clean and free from food particles. Simply mix one teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water, swish it around in your mouth for approximately 30 seconds and spit out before spitting out – this can soothe gums while decreasing irritation from teeth whitening products.
If it is unavoidable to bleach your teeth, select a product specially formulated for sensitive teeth. These formulas contain less peroxide than traditional whiteners and thus should cause less gum irritation.
Reducing acidic foods from your diet is another effective way of mitigating irritation and sensitivity, such as coffee, wine and citrus fruits which can amplify gum sensitivity or burns from tooth-whitening products. You should read all directions included with your whitening kit carefully and adhere to them exactly.
If your gums become inflamed during teeth whitening, it’s essential that you stop immediately and take measures to soothe the irritation. Rinsing with salt water or over-the-counter pain relievers should help manage the burn until it heals on its own. If the discomfort continues, become inflamed or you notice peeling tissue then seek medical advice as this could indicate more serious conditions requiring professional evaluation and treatment.
Although most cases of gum burn are temporary, persistent or severe pain could indicate an underlying health problem. Teeth whitening treatments may damage enamel on an microscopic level and increase risk for cavities down the road. If your gums continue to burn or sore up frequently, see your dentist about arranging a dental cleaning to make sure there aren’t other issues going on in your mouth that might be contributing to it.
Take Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers
Just take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen according to its severity, or apply a cold compress and eat foods that provide cooling relief in this instance.
If your gums have experienced any irritation from teeth whitening, it’s essential that you discontinue and allow them to heal before proceeding further. Whitening while your gums remain sensitive will only prolong healing and make things worse.
An effective solution to keep the affected area free from food debris is rinsing your mouth with salt water solution on a regular basis, mixing half a teaspoon of salt into one cup of warm water and gently swishing this solution around for 30 seconds twice each day.
Another effective home treatment for burnt gums from teeth whitening is to apply topical antiseptic to the affected area. There are various products to choose from, such as hydrogen peroxide and specially designed gum barrier gel, however if you’re uncertain which one is best suited to you it would be wiser to consult a dental professional who will be able to examine your gums and provide guidance as to which option would best address them.
Burned gums may result from teeth whitening in several ways. One such reason could be using an improper-fitting tray or applying too much bleaching agent; to prevent further burns from this practice, custom whitening trays that fit securely can help. Following manufacturer instructions as to when and how long to leave the gel on can also help.
Redness and swelling are two symptoms of gum burn. Sometimes the gum tissue will also swell and blister, and you might experience some numbness or taste something bitter or metallic in your mouth. The key thing to remember when whitening gums is that if they feel numb, swollen, or painful it’s important to stop immediately and seek medical assistance as soon as possible.
Apply Aloe Vera
Aloe vera can be an effective natural way of treating gum burns. You can purchase aloe vera gel specifically formulated for oral use at your local drugstore or online, then apply directly onto the burn to relieve pain and inflammation. A dental professional may also suggest aloe-containing mouthwash or toothpaste products that offer relief.
Rinsing with salt water can help keep wounds clean and free from infection while supporting tissue healing. To make a salt water rinse, dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in one cup of warm water, stir gently for 30 seconds then swish around your mouth for another 30 seconds before spitting out. A mouthwash made with turmeric’s anti-inflammatory ingredient may offer relief from irritated gums; additionally the root of clove plants (naturally numbing) can be applied directly onto toothbrushes to relieve pain while temporarily provide temporary protection from irritations.
A mouth sore is a painful condition caused by infection, stress, illness, poor fitting dentures or broken tooth/fillings. Salicylic acid found in aloe vera acts like aspirin to relieve discomfort associated with mouth sores; when applied topically it may also provide protection from further bacteria growth that leads to infections like gingivitis.
If your gums become sensitive after teeth whitening treatments, it is crucial that you seek medical assistance quickly in order to avoid further irritation and further damage. By following the advice in this article, your gums should heal faster and more comfortably following a teeth whitening treatment.
If you have any inquiries about teeth whitening or care for your gums, don’t hesitate to reach out! We’re here to help you achieve the beautiful smile that’s yours – see you soon!