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4 Tips for Feeling Great During Dental Cleanings

  • September 26, 2018

You usually feel great after your dental cleanings. We’ve removed plaque, tartar, and surface stains from your teeth so they look terrific – and feel good too, with a smooth, clean surface. Not everyone enjoys the dental cleanings themselves, though.

Dental cleanings are one of the least invasive dental procedures, and we always use a gentle touch. Still, we need to scrape the surfaces of your teeth with dental tools to remove plaque and tartar, a process that some folks find uncomfortable.

If you’re one of those folks, try visiting us more often for dental cleanings. The more cleanings you get, the more comfortable they will be, since we’ll have less stubborn tartar to remove. We recommend visiting at least twice a year for cleanings. If you need to schedule one, call 860-479-2397.

In addition to regularly getting dental cleanings, here are some additional tips for making them more comfortable.

Get Numb Before Dental Cleanings

We can help you  numb the sensation of dental cleanings. And there are some additiona things you can try yourself to dull the sensation. We can apply a topical numbing agent before we begin your cleaning; just ask.

In addition, you can:

  • Brush teeth with a desensitizing toothpaste. Try Sensodyne Pronamel or another desensitizing product.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain medication. This reduces any inflammation that may result from your cleaning. We suggest taking it about an hour before your cleaning and again a few hours after. Use ibuprofen or acetaminophen; don’t take aspirin.
  • Ask us about dental sedation. We can administer inhaled sedation (laughing gas), which wears off quickly so you can drive yourself home after your cleaning. If you’re feeling anxious, we can give you a safe oral sedative instead. Since you’ll stay groggy for a while with an oral sedative, you’ll need to arrange a ride home.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene Between Cleanings

Tartar is hardened plaque that causes tooth decay and gum disease. Good hygiene habits make it harder for tartar to develop. And the less tartar we need to remove, the easier your dental cleaning will be. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, for at least two minutes. Floss daily too.

Choose a brush with soft bristles and brush gently. Using too much pressure makes your teeth more sensitive. If you tend to brush hard, consider using an electric toothbrush. It does more of the work for you. It also works well for cleaning below your gumline, an area where tartar often collects.

Share Cleaning Concerns With Your Dentist

If you’ve had a hard time with dental cleanings before or have any other concerns, let our Plainville, CT dental team know. We’re happy to discuss any special needs you have. We can also agree on a signal you can use to let us know you’d like to take a break. For example, many patients raise their hand.

Give Yourself a Post-Cleaning Reward

As a kid, you may have gotten some kind of a prize when your dental cleanings went well. That’s still a good idea as an adult! Treat yourself to a movie you’ve been wanting to see, meet a friend for coffee, or visit a favorite store on the way home.

Ready to schedule a dental cleaning? Call Gentle Dental Care at 860-479-2397.

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