It’s happened to the best of us – the dread of getting your teeth cleaned for the fear of the aches and pains that follow. Nobody wants to suffer aching gums and sensitive teeth, nor should you have to! Check out these helpful tips on how to come out of your next teeth cleaning with nothing, but pearly whites.
Make sure you’re on the same page as your hygienist. Be upfront with your hygienist; communicate to them your sensitivity level and where you are most sensitive.
Ibuprofen – before and after, or any over the counter pain medication such as Advil will work too. This will help with the inflammation after your cleaning that typically follows.
Schedule regular teeth cleanings. Typically the reason your dental hygienists has to get aggressive is to due to debris build up. The longer you put off your cleaning, the more plaque and debris builds, that’s not good for anyone – trust us, your gums will thank you.
Ask to be numbed. If you’re really sensitive, don’t even put yourself through the initial pain, ask for a little numbing. A little topical anesthesia on the area will go a long way.
Try using a desensitizing toothpaste. Sensodyne has a great line of products that help with tooth and gum sensitivity. There are plenty of products to help those with sensitive teeth.
Getting your teeth cleaned doesn’t have to be a painful process, it’s just about being proactive. Preventive care is a major player in having a pain free cleaning. Schedule your next appointment with Dr. Gabhart and put these tips into practice!