Tips For Sensitive Teeth

Both literally and figuratively, sensitive teeth can be a real pain in the... well, teeth actually. Not only do some sufferers of tooth sensitivity have to avoid cold foods and iced drinks but also hot food and drink can cause the dreadful shooting pains with which sufferers of sensitive teeth are all to familiar. What you may not know is that, by choosing the right teeth whitening kits even the most sensitive teeth can look their very whitest, brightest and best.

Tooth sensitivity can be caused in a number of ways. If you can identify what the root cause of your tooth sensitivity might be then choosing the teeth whitening kits that will not further irritate and exacerbate the problem while giving great whitening results will be that much easier. In certain instances the proper use of whitening kits may lead to a reduction in teeth sensitivity symptoms.

By far and away, the most common cause of sensitivity in the teeth is overly enthusiastic or too frequent tooth brushing. Obviously one brushes one's teeth to keep them clean but also to aid teeth whitening. Using high quality and effective teeth whitening products will give you amazing whitening results without the need for excessive, potentially damaging teeth brushing.

The second major cause of teeth sensitivity is gum disease. Gum disease is caused by bacteria and, of course, every day tooth brushing, flossing and rinsing with an antibacterial mouth wash are your first line of defence against these mouth invaders. Regular visits to your dentist are also essential but whitening can also help. Of course, white teeth cannot, by their very nature, be dirty teeth and whitening products can help destroy the bacteria that causes gum disease even at the level of the gum line...and of course sparkling white teeth are just an added bonus!

Choose the right formulation of product. Whitening products come in a whole range of formulations to suit your teeth, the texture of teeth whitening product you prefer and even the flavour of the product. If you are experiencing sensitive teeth - an issue which can be an on-going or short term problem - then abrasive tooth pastes and tooth whitening products are best avoided even though they can give fantastic whitening results. Instead, it would be best to opt for whitening products with smooth textures such as teeth whitening gels. While these silky smooth whitening gels do not have the same texture as other whitening formulations they certainly deliver when it comes to tooth whitening results. Teeth whitening gels are always a popular choice for individuals who want great tooth whitening whether or not they suffer from the sometimes excruciating pain of sensitive teeth.

Use tooth whitening products in conjunction with products specially designed to minimise the pain of tooth sensitivity then you can start to relax as a whole host of hot and cold food and drink choices become available to you once more safe in the knowledge they won't cause you pain and, whatever colour they are, your teeth's whiteness can be restored.

Further Reading:

Peter Morgan is a health writer on subjects regarding teeth whitening kits, teeth whitening gel as well as the latest technology and information on the latest teeth whitening methods.

Teeth Whitening During Pregnancy

Who would have thought, even ten years ago, that the oral health of a pregnant woman could have such profound effects on her unborn child as prematurity, sight loss, hearing loss and general development but recent and current research is highlighting oral health to be just as significant a factor in overall health during pregnancy as healthy eating, exercise and rest.

As you are reading this article, I think it's fair to assume that you are someone who cares about their oral and dental health and has perhaps tried teeth whitening kits and teeth whitening gels in the past or is considering trying teeth whitening for the first time. If you are pregnant or breast feeding then this article contains some useful information on whitening for this time in your life.

How/why pregnancy affects teeth?

Pregnancy can be the greatest nine months of your life or hell on Earth. It can wreak havoc with your body and your mood. While some women get glowing skin, thick, abundant hair and are full of love for one and all others experience acne like they never had even when they were going through their first crush, alopecia and mood swings Miss Piggy would be proud of. It all comes down to hormones and these chemical mischief makers can cause the dentine inside the teeth to appear darker giving teeth a greyish tinge. Teeth whitening kits can't do much to alleviate this any way and should not be used during pregnancy anyway.

Saliva plays an important role in natural teeth whitening. For women who experience morning (afternoon and evening) sickness saliva is reduced. Give your mouth a good rinse after being sick to rid it of the acid you've brought up and because you'll want to anyway!

Saliva reduction can also occur later in pregnancy as your little darling dances on your bladder making you need the loo every two minutes, thus leading to mild dehydration. Help your natural teeth whitening by taking lots of sips of water throughout the day. It'll also help relieve heart burn.

Can you use teeth whitening products while pregnant or breast feeding?

The simple, cover all answer is no. You can, however, use products that promote whiter teeth and prevent strains such as tooth paste that contains bicarbonate of soda. Some whitening tooth pastes are safe to use during pregnancy but double and even triple check the label. If in doubt, throw it out!

There are of course measures you can take to keep teeth as white as possible during this time - sipping water, as I've mentioned is one. Lots of tannin rich drinks are off limits while pregnant or breast feeding such as coffee and red wine so build-up of stains will be reduced but remember, don't avoid lovely rich, dark vegetables such as spinach while you're pregnant or breast feeding - when you're all done with pregnancy and breast feeding there are brilliant whitening products you can use to restore the whiteness of your teeth.

Further Reading:

Peter Morgan is a health writer on subjects regarding teeth whitening kits, teeth whitening gel as well as the latest technology and information on the latest teeth whitening methods.