Visiting the dentist to get teeth cleaned can be stressful for some people because of their heightened pain expectations, especially if they have sensitive teeth. If you dread the idea of getting your teeth cleaned, you're not the only one. Luckily, this guide has been designed to help you make your teeth cleaning appointment at the dentist as pain-free as possible.
Regular Cleaning Reduces Pain
While it may seem counterintuitive to go for more teeth cleaning sessions when you feel pain, keep in mind that shorter intervals between each session reduces the amount of tartar and debris on your teeth. Teeth cleanings tend to be most painful when you wait for too long between sessions because you allow more debris to buildup on your teeth and gums –– this requires more invasive dental work to get rid of it. Getting a teeth cleaning more frequently reduces the debris buildup for a less invasive and less painful procedure.
Ask the Dentist For a Numbing Gel
If you're worried about the pain during teeth cleaning, ask your dentist to give you a teeth numbing gel in advance. This is the same gel that a dentist uses for teeth filling. The dentist will rub this gel over your gums and teeth. In a few minutes, you will barely feel any sensation as the dentist performs his teeth cleaning procedure.
Increase your Daily Brushing Frequency
Make sure you increase your teeth brushing frequency between every teeth cleaning appointment at the dentist. Improving your brushing frequency requires you to floss and brush after your meals. Better oral hygiene will reduce the buildup of tartar, plaque and debris on your teeth and gums, making the process of teeth cleaning easier and less invasive. Keep in mind that you should not brush or floss your teeth too hard because it could cause damage and make teeth overly sensitive. If your teeth are sensitive, switch over to desensitising toothpaste for everyday use. This will also reduce your teeth's sensitivity during the cleaning process.
Switch to an Electric Toothbrush
If you're worried that you're not brushing your teeth right, it's probably best to switch to an electric toothbrush to do the brushing job for you. Electric toothbrushes are generally better at cleaning teeth because they are able to tackle hard-to-reach parts and areas below the gum lines more evenly. This reduces tartar and plaque buildup on your teeth, making the teeth cleaning job less time consuming and painful.
Use these smart tips to make your teeth cleaning appointment at the dentist as pain-free as possible.