How Teeth Whitening Products Impact Sensitive Teeth

When it comes to achieving a whiter, brighter smile, whitening toothpastes, teeth-whitening strips and even at-home whitening remedies have become extremely popular in recent years.

Woman smiling because she just finished whitening her sensitive teeth

Whitening products are a convenient, affordable and practical option for anyone looking to enhance their smile. However, finding the right one can be a challenge.

If you have sensitive teeth, explore your whitening treatment options before choosing the best one for you. Keep these two ingredients in mind, as they may not be suitable for individuals with tooth sensitivity.


Most whitening toothpastes contain abrasives that help scrub away stains like the way you would scrub a dish clean. Over time, if you aggressively brush your teeth with a high-abrasive toothpaste, you can wear down your enamel (the hard outer layer of your tooth) and cause sensitivity.

Dentist cleaning her supplies

Bleaching Agents

Many whitening products, treatments and strips contain bleaching agents, like hydrogen peroxide, that can irritate the nerves inside your teeth and cause sensitivity.

Woman using at home tooth whitening treatment for sensitive teeth

Teeth Whitening Products for Sensitive Teeth

If you have sensitive teeth and are looking for a whiter smile, consider using a gentle whitening toothpaste like Sensodyne Extra Whitening. Brushing twice a day, every day, will help to remove surface stains for whiter teeth while also providing ongoing relief and lasting protection from sensitivity pain. For more advanced whitening action, try Sensodyne Clinical White and whiten your teeth up to two shades lighter* while protecting against sensitivity.**

Sensodyne True White toothpaste helps you achieve whiter teeth while also providing sensitivity relief

*With twice daily brushing after eight weeks of use, as shown in an 8 week study**With twice daily brushing