When was the last time you went to the dentist to have your teeth cleaned? For most people, it is recommended to see a dentist every six months for regular cleanings and checkups to keep up excellent oral health. If it has been a while since your last dental visit, you may not remember exactly what you can expect by the time your appointment comes up. Many patients wonder: do teeth cleanings hurt? Continue reading to find out more.
Will Your Teeth Cleaning Hurt?
Your dental cleaning shouldn’t be painful, but there can be some complicating factors that can increase your sensitivity. For example, if you have gum inflammation, tooth decay, or another symptom of a dental health problem, you may experience some discomfort during the cleaning process. If you are feeling any pain during your dental cleaning, you should tell your dentist. This way, they can take steps to help you feel more comfortable during your visit.
How Can You Prevent Pain During a Teeth Cleaning?
Here are a few tips for reducing sensitivity during your teeth cleaning:
- Take Ibuprofen: Ask your dentist if you would benefit from taking this over-the-counter pain reliever. It reduces the inflammatory reaction and prevents discomfort.
- Numbing the Area: If you are experiencing pain, ask your dental team if they can use a topical anesthesia. This helps to numb the area and contribute to a more comfortable experience.
- Use Sensitivity Toothpaste: Pick a toothpaste that is made for people who have sensitive teeth. This can help to reduce discomfort. It might take a few weeks for you to notice the difference.
- Excellent Oral Hygiene: Always brush and floss after meals. The better your oral hygiene is, the easier it will be for your hygienist to clean your teeth.
- Brush Carefully: Don’t brush too hard, as this can damage your teeth and make them more sensitive. Use gentle, circular motions for the best clean.
- Use an Electric Toothbrush: Using an electric toothbrush can help you to brush more gently because it does a lot of the work for you. If you have a tendency to overbrush, try making the switch.
Having your teeth professionally cleaned shouldn’t be painful. When you talk to your dentist and use the steps listed above, visiting the office will be a breeze.
About the Author
Dr. Nicholas Brong earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of California in San Francisco. He has also completed dental implant training from the University Associates in Dentistry, Dental Implant Institute of Chicago, and laser dentistry training from UCSF. If it has been a while since your last dental visit, he would be happy to help you get back on track. For more information or to schedule an appointment at his office in Rochester, MN, visit his website or call (507) 288-1066.