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Non-natural Teeth Bleaching Methods Cause Gum Irritation
50 percent of American adults experiencing early gum disease, inflamed gums are a common ailment. Gum irritation is a byproduct of teeth whitening that is done incorrectly. Most of the time gum irritation happens when you use any home bleaching kit or when you visit a dentist for a cosmetic bleaching if the dentist isn’t paying close enough attention. Gum irritation is quite common after teeth bleaching but most of the time the damage isn’t permanent. It is painful and ugly however, and it can take anywhere from a week to a month to heal depending on the severity of the irritation. Whitening your teeth will not cause any permanent damage to your gums; however temporary gum irritation is among the risk factors of using professional teeth whitening. Soft tissue or gum irritation caused by teeth whitening gel is considered a chemical burn, very comparable to a sunburn.
Soft Tissue Irritation
Prolonged exposure to teeth whitening gels or solution on the gum tissue also may result in the inflammation and redness of the areas affected by the whitening solution. In extreme cases of soft tissue irritation from whitening solution, bleeding and pain in the gum tissue may occur.
Why it Happens
When you use bleaching gel to whiten teeth it comes in contact with the gums which causes gum irritation, burns, and blisters. Using too much home whitening products are the most common cause of gum irritation or bleaching around the teeth. If you see or feel whitening gel on your gum tissues, then be conscious of the amount you are placing the next time you whiten. When you use a DIY teeth bleaching kit the trays that the kit comes with are not made specifically for your mouth. Since they are not custom made they won’t fit tightly enough to prevent the whitening gel from coming in contact with your gums. When you leave the gel on for a long period of time to whiten your teeth that gel is also irritating and burning your gums at the same time.
When a dentist does a bleaching procedure they usually take the time to fit the bleaching tray to your mouth to prevent gum irritation. But sometimes the tray still isn’t tight enough, or the dentist gets some of the gel on the gums as well as on the teeth before a laser bleaching. The gel can turn the gums white and can cause blisters and burns that can make talking, eating or drinking very painful.
What to do About it
If you want to avoid gum irritation, don’t use at home bleaching kits that use chemical bleaching gels. Applying Vitamin E to irritated or burned gums will help them heal faster. And when you want to whiten your teeth choose a natural teeth whitening product that won’t hurt your gums and will still give you bright white teeth.