Hey! That Didn’t Hurt at All!
5 Great Tips to Make Teeth Cleaning More Comfortable.
It’s human nature, if something hurts you avoid it. But having your teeth cleaned regularly isn’t really optional if you want to maintain good dental health and great looking teeth. Why not be proactive and work towards eliminating the discomfort you may feel during a teeth cleaning. Is it possible to have a comfortable, stress free appointment with your dental hygienist? Yes it sure is! Babin Dentistry in Victoria hopes these tips help you get there:
FYI - Regular teeth cleaning results in LESS sensitive teeth because you have less plaque buildup at and below the gum line so skipping your appointment can end up making your gums more sensitive to the touch.
1. Use a desensitizing toothpaste. Switch to a desensitizing toothpaste and use it daily. You may find you can eat ice cream again without wincing and you may find that your next cleaning flies by with barely a twinge.
2. Prevent gum inflammation and recession. Sounds complicated but this is something you can control yourself!
Gums 101 - Gum recession is when inflammation (caused by plaque build-up) causes your gum to shrink away from your tooth a little, exposing the more sensitive lower part of the tooth (a possible “ouch” during cleaning). If you are not vigilant you can find yourself in a continuous inflammation / healing cycle and each time your gums heal, they recede a little more. The more cycles of inflammation and healing you go through the more gum recession you’re going to have and the more sensitive your teeth will become.
What can you do to prevent this? Practice basic oral hygiene. Brush at least 2X a day, floss at least once a day and scrape your tongue. Sounds simple but the better your everyday oral hygiene is, the more comfortable your teeth cleanings will be (and the better your teeth will look, for FREE!). When you’re not in the habit of regular flossing, teeth cleanings are going to be painful. Flossing does 40% of the job in cleaning plaque off your teeth, so skipping the floss leaves a lot for the hygienist to clean. If you truly hate flossing try using a flossing stick or ask your dental hygienist for advice.
3. Lighten up! Believe it or not, most of us are brushing our teeth way too hard. This damages the surface of our teeth and makes them sensitive. Brushing with the wrong motion makes your teeth more porous and thus more sensitive. Show your hygienist how you brush and make sure you’re not making the problem worse every time you brush.
4. Use an electric toothbrush. An electric toothbrush can help you brush more gently because the toothbrush does the work for you. If you tend to over-brush then switching to an electric toothbrush can help. Electric toothbrushes are also better at cleaning below the gum line, meaning your hygienist will spend less time scraping there. Ask your hygienist to recommend an electric toothbrush.
5. Talk to your hygienist. No dental hygienist wants to cause you unnecessary discomfort but they can’t help you if you won’t tell them there’s a problem. Once they know about it they can use their extensive training to find solutions that address your tooth sensitivity issues. Say hello to your new BFF!