Paying for cosmetic dental treatments for white teeth is a favorite American pastime that generates $1.4 billion in sales annually. It is estimated that over the past few years, the tooth whitening niche has grown by over 300 percent. The industry growth has been fueled by a myriad of options such as DIY kits, toothpastes and tooth bleaching delivered by dental care professionals and individuals looking to get the best results regardless of their choice need to carefully select what they eat after the procedure has been implemented.
Thanks to the proliferation of mall kiosks and home tooth bleaching, it may appear that getting whiter teeth is as simple and risk free as getting hair bleached at the salon. Nothing is further from the truth as the process involves professional grade chemicals that if used incorrectly can cause dental problems (including toothaches and tooth enamel erosion). That is why experts advice individuals to get cosmetic dentistry treatments such as teeth bleaching in a professional dental office staffed with a dentist and to watch what is eaten after the treatment to minimize discomfort and the potential for tooth staining.
Room Temperature Foods are Best
in conjunction with sparkling white teeth
. The pain is typically caused by the absorption of the chemicals via open dentinal tubules and it is not unusual for the discomfort to last up to 72 hours after the final stage of the dental treatment
has been implemented. Those dealing with the pain can minimize the feeling by eating room temperature foods afterwards.
Toothaches can be caused by an assortment of dental problems including chipped or broken teeth, dental abscesses, gum disease and tooth decay and temperature fluctuations is the most common trigger for pain. Teeth bleaching will temporary alter the tooth surface, potentially exposing dentin and irratiating the dentinal tubules. Temperatures that are either too hot or too cold will result in maximum sensitivity and pain. Individuals need to ensure their foods (regardless of what they are) are just right to avoid the affliction.