I’ve been using Sensodyne toothpaste for over a month because my teeth are sensitive. I have root exposure on a lot of the teeth. Sensodyne isn’t helping, though. What else can I do? I am waiting to get the sensitivity under control before I get teeth whitening from my dentist. I want in-office whitening because it is fast. And I think that if I have to whiten my teeth at home, I probably won’t finish the entire two weeks. I am forgetful. But if I need to switch from Sensodyne to another brand, that’s doable. Thanks. – Gene

    Gene,

    Please tell your dentist Sensodyne isn’t decreasing the sensitivity in your teeth. They can prescribe fluoride toothpaste. Try the prescription fluoride toothpaste for six weeks to determine if it will minimize the sensitivity.

    Options to Decrease Teeth Sensitivity

    When your teeth are sensitive, and toothpaste like Sensodyne does not work, your dentist can try other methods.

    • Fluoride varnish  – Your dentist can apply fluoride varnish applied to the exposed roots. You can get varnish treatments after dental cleanings—usually every six months. Your dental insurance may not cover it.
    • Composite fillings  – Your dentist can blend dental composite to match to cover the exposed roots. You will get instant relief. Dental insurance will probably provide some benefits, along with your copay. But after teeth whitening treatment, your teeth will be whiter than the composite, so depending on the length of your smile, your dentist may need to lighten the composite.
    • Gum grafting  – If receding gums contribute to tooth-root exposure, your dentist may perform a graft to cover the roots and decrease sensitivity.

    Resolve tooth sensitivity before whitening your teeth

    Your dentist will discuss your options with you. Be patient and ensure the treatment gives you lasting results. Don’t rush bleaching your teeth because it can increase sensitivity in your teeth.

    This post is sponsored by accredited cosmetic dentist Michael Szarek, DMD , of Lowell, MA.

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    Can brushing whiten teeth?
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    Source: www.drszarek.com

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