How to get rid of sensitive teeth from teeth whitestrips?

Question by Omfgbrandeee: How to get rid of sensitive teeth from teeth whitestrips?
i started using crest 3D white strips professional and the first 2 days was fine its the 3rd night now and all of a sudden i have a pulse like pain in my lower teeth its been over 2 hours now and it hasn’t gone away. Yes i know that it is a side effect but does it really last this long? How can i get rid of the pain. its keeping me awake. :/ Help.

Best answer:

Answer by Julzz33
It can last anywhere from several hours to even several weeks/months after using whitening treatments. They weaken and thin the enamel of your teeth and gums, exposing more sensitive tissue. I usually recommend stopping the whitening treatments ASAP and using Advil as an immediate solution for the pain (600mg Ibuprofen every 4 hours for a day or do, as long as you can take Advil – no allergies to it or anything) and switching to Sensodyne toothpaste as soon as you can. It will take a few days for the sensodyne to start working, which is why I suggest the Advil in the meantime, but you should see a definite improvement with the sensodyne in a few days.

The Sensodyne is avail. over the counter, as well as the Advil – most dentists prescribe 600mg Advil, as this is the prescription strength dose; it would require taking 3 of the over the counter tablets. If you’re uncomfortable taking this dose, you can check with a doctor or pharmacist; however, the max. daily dose for Advil is 3200 mg, and 600mg at a time is approved by the medical and dental associations for safety and effectiveness. We find that generally, the 200-400mg over the counter strength is pretty useless…

The only other recommendation I would make would be to have a dentist check out the area that’s throbbing if it doesn’t at least lessen somewhat in about 24-48 hours. The reason is that once in a while (although rarely) whitestrips will trigger pain in an area that had an underlying problem, such as a root canal infection or cavity; the whitening treatments can speed up the progression of the problem. Throbbing pain may indicate something a little more serious than post-whitening sensitivity syndrome, so it would be a good idea to have a dentist rule out cavities or infections.

However, if it is just due to the whitestrips (which is also still very likely), then most of the time the sensitivity will resolve over time; it should start to lessen slightly in about 1-3 days, after which it may linger for several weeks to a month, but should show steady improvement during that time. If it lasts more than a month and you’re still having to use painkillers or sensodyne to relieve the sensitivity, it may unfortunately be permanent (once in a while this happens after whitening treatments). If that’s the case, your dentist can apply a prescription “seal” over the teeth in the office, which can stop the sensitivity entirely.

Add your own answer in the comments!

What is the best teeth-whitening system that doesn’t involve a dentist trip?

Question by Sam: What is the best teeth-whitening system that doesn’t involve a dentist trip?
I’m trying to find out what is the best teeth-whitening system without going to the dentist for a professional whitening. I’m researching for my fiance, who is in the Marines. Because he doesn’t have the time, as well as all the amount of paperwork he would need to file to get a whitening done, we want to find something over-the-counter. He has really sensitive gums, so I’m nervous for him to use the white-strips. Do the trays seem to work better? Or is there another product someone could recommend? Any suggestions would be great…thanks!

Best answer:

Answer by Princess
Crest Whitening Strips.
I ususally use them for a week then take a break because, it makes your teeth sensetive.

What do you think? Answer below!

How do I get my Registration for Dental Assisting?

Question by Sharon E: How do I get my Registration for Dental Assisting?
I will graduate on June 5th, 2010–do I need to contact the GA Dentistry Association to become a Registered Dental Assistant?

Best answer:

Answer by PenPress
You have to contact the professional licensing bureau of GA first.

What do you think? Answer below!

Where can i find a practice test for the RDA exam?

Question by arae8419: Where can i find a practice test for the RDA exam?
I have 1.5 months of class left, then 40 hours of extern and I would like to find a practice exam for the registered dental assistant test. Anyone know where or how to get one?

Best answer:

Answer by bflogal77
Funny you should ask that question. I work for the National Association for Health Professionals and we administer the MA and DA exams. In taking our tests you are afforded national registration and certification. We do have a review book with a practice test in it. The review book is $ 19.95 plus $ 5.00 S&H. Call 800-444-0839 and they will send you the application for the test (which can be taken online) and arrange for you to pay the review book fee and send it to you.

What do you think? Answer below!

Q&A: What does the latest science say about mercury amalgam tooth fillings–are they safe or not?

Question by writerdude99: What does the latest science say about mercury amalgam tooth fillings–are they safe or not?
I see a lot of stuff on the Internet from people who claim that mercury amalgam fillings are unsafe because they leak or give off microscopic traces of mercury gas. However, I’ve been able to find solid, research backed evidence that contradicts the American Dental Association’s assertions that amalgam fillings have never been shown to cause any harm to human beings. I would especially appreciate responses from dental professionals and chemistry majors who might know a thing or two about toxicology.

Best answer:

Answer by LuckyChucky
I think the mercury in my mouth kills bacteria that would otherwise destroy the enamel on my teeth.

What do you think? Answer below!