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How to make teeth cleanings less painful

How to make teeth cleanings less painful

If you can’t stand having your teeth cleaned, you’re not alone. But we realize that the best way we could have avoided the pain was to have more frequent, not less frequent, teeth cleanings. Counterintuitive? Yes.

But the more frequently you go, the less there is to clean, making it less invasive.

If you wait too long in between visits, your immune system responds to the buildup on your teeth, making the gums more sensitive to the touch.

It’s like pulling a band-aid off of a wound. The skin underneath is extra sensitive since it’s used to being covered and protected.

Cleanings are more painful when you postpone them because debris has had more time to build up above and especially below the gum line — meaning there’s more work to do, and the buildup is harder to reach.

If you haven’t had a teeth cleaning in a while, below are some tips to make it less painful. Even if you go infrequently, these tips will help make your next teeth cleaning hurt less.

5 tips to make your next teeth cleaning hurt less

1. Use a desensitizing toothpaste. Switch to a desensitizing toothpaste like Sensodyne Pro Enamel. Make this your new daily toothpaste.

2. Prevent gum recession. Gum recession is when the gum moves down from the tooth a little, exposing the more sensitive, lower part of the tooth. This makes your teeth more sensitive to not only cleanings but to your favourite foods too. When there’s inflammation in your gums and your gums heal, they recede. The more cycles you go through of inflammation and healing, the more gum recession you’re going to have.

3. Level up your oral hygiene. Brush and floss after meals. Scrape your tongue. Sounds simple, but the better your oral hygiene is, the easier teeth cleanings are. When you’re not in the habit of flossing, teeth cleanings are going to be painful. Flossing does 40% of the job in cleaning plaque off your teeth, so skipping it will make it so there’s a lot more for the hygienist to clean. If you hate flossing, try using a flossing stick.

4. Don’t over-brush. Most of us are brushing our teeth way too hard, damaging our teeth and making them sensitive. Brushing with the wrong motion makes your teeth more porous, and thus more sensitive. Double check that you’re brushing properly to make sure you’re not making your teeth more sensitive every time you brush.

5. Get the right hygienist. Find someone who is willing to work with you. You don’t want the hygienist to be too light and not get the job done. But there is such a thing as overdoing it and being too rough, causing unnecessary discomfort.

Contact Family Care Dental Clinic for your consultation today!

Located in the heart of North Vancouver, BC, Family Care Dental Clinic is a group of passionate dentists and dental experts who are committed to providing patients with exceptional dental care in a modern and relaxing environment. We at Family Care Dental Clinic offer our clients a wide range of comprehensive dental services for the whole family.

Call (604) 987-3545 or write us at to schedule an appointment with a member of our excellent team!

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