I am almost a week into my teeth whitening and want to know how to put out the fire on my gums. They are burning from top to bottom. I don’t know how much more of this I can take. What do I do to stop the burning and is there going to be permanent damage to my gums? – Ally
Ally – When teeth bleaching gel burns your gums, there can be several causes. Your bleaching trays may not fit properly, too much gel is being placed into the trays, you may be over-bleaching your teeth, or the gel may too strong for you. Stop using the whitening gel until the problem is identified.
Gums that are burning from bleaching gel may turn white and peel. They will recover in a week or two, but don’t continue with the treatment until the cause of the burning is identified. Did you receive the treat whitening treatment for your dentist? If so, the whitening trays may need to be adjusted for fit. Trays that fit properly keep the bleaching gel sealed against your teeth and prevent the gel from leaking out onto your gums.
If you are using a do-it-yourself kit, try placing a smaller amount of gel in the trays. Or you may need to switch to a lower strength bleaching gel.
If the problem persists, be certain to have your teeth and gums examined.
This post is sponsored by Colorado Springs cosmetic dentist Dr. Joseph Rota.