Plenty of people have intense anxieties about visiting the dentist. They might try to convince themselves that they don’t even need to get cleanings. Though necessary, teeth cleanings can be painful, but there’s noting to be done about that right? Well, not exactly, because there are plenty of steps you can take to make your next teeth cleaning far less painful.
1) Use a Desensitizing Toothpaste
Over time, the inner parts or roots of your teeth begin to feel more sensitive from wear-and-tear and gum recession. Switching your toothpaste to something desensitizing will greatly improve your experience at the dentist’s office. Make Sensodyne Pro Enamel your new daily toothpaste.
2) Don’t Overbrush
Most if not all of us are over doing it when we brush our teeth. That only serves to damage our teeth, making them more sensitive. Additionally, brushing your teeth in the wrong direction makes them more porous and thus increases sensitivity. It’s important to make sure that you’re brushing your teeth correctly and in the correct direction. If you need a tip, check this out.
3) Prevent Gum Recession
Gum recession moves your gum down, exposing more of the sensitive part of your teeth. It occurs after your gum is inflamed following exposure to bacteria. When it heals, your gum recedes. Protect your teeth by preventing gum recession as much as you can. This involves brushing right and flossing daily!
4) Take Advil Ahead of Time
Take three to four regular-strength Advil one hour before the cleaning and once again six hours afterward. The Advil will help with pain and reduce the inflammatory response. Curious about other ways that you can treat sensitive teeth after a cleaning? Read here.
5) Get Numb
Speak to your hygienist about numbing up the area of your mouth during the cleaning, the same as you would get for a filling. This is probably best done with a small amount of anesthesia applied directly to the area.
6) Use Fluoride
Don’t forget to use fluoride! Fluoride is a very helpful mineral. You can find it naturally in water and food, and it helps to prevent tooth decay by lowering your mouth’s acid level, rebuilding your teeth-strengthening minerals, strengthening your tooth enamel, and helping protect your teeth’s sensitivity.
You can increase your exposure to fluoride by using a fluoride toothpaste, drinking water with sufficient fluoride levels, getting a fluoride varnish painted to your teeth, using a mouthwash with fluoride, and using gel and foams on your teeth to prevent tooth decay.
7) Use an Electric Brush
Electric toothbrushes are great at helping you brush more gently since the toothbrush does the work so you don’t have to. This is especially true if you tend to overbrush. Electric toothbrushes are also better for cleaning below the gum line, removing more of the plaque there that the hygienist would have to remove during a cleaning.
8) Choose the Right Hygienist
This one might be one of the most important! There are plenty of dentists and hygienists out in the world. You don’t want someone who will be too delicate and not get the job done, but you also don’t want someone who will make the experience unnecessarily uncomfortable. Finding the right balance will be important in finding a dental office that you’ll want to visit.
Teeth cleanings don’t always need to be painful or nightmarish, they can be perfectly fine experiences that you actually look forward to since you know that you’re helping keep your teeth healthy. If you have questions about teeth cleaning, general dentistry, or want to make an appointment with us, please feel free to reach out. We are currently accepting new patients at this time.