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06 Jun 2024

The Ultimate Guide to Managing Discomfort after Teeth Cleaning

Routine teeth cleaning is essential for maintaining a healthy mouth and good hygiene habits. Sometimes, however, you might experience discomfort or sensitivity after a cleaning. Regular teeth cleaning can prevent cavities, and remove tartar and plaque, leading to fresher breath. Occasionally, your teeth may feel more sensitive after a thorough cleaning.

While dental cleaning is beneficial, it can sometimes cause temporary discomfort, especially when eating or drinking. Tooth pain and sensitivity can be bothersome, but there are ways to manage these common issues.

Why Might You Experience Tooth Sensitivity after Cleaning?

Post-cleaning sensitivity can occur for various reasons. The most common is exposed dentin due to thinning enamel or a receding gum line, leading to sensitivity. Gum inflammation can also contribute to discomfort. Typically, this sensitivity is temporary, but if you have pre-existing dental issues, you might feel a sharper ache.

If you continue to experience tooth pain after cleaning, consult your dentist promptly. Scheduling an appointment is the best way to address any ongoing discomfort and ensure a healthy mouth.

How Can You Alleviate Discomfort after a Teeth Cleaning?

Tooth sensitivity usually resolves on its own within a short period. If the pain is manageable, here are some tips to help you cope:

  • ⁠Avoid hot, spicy, and acidic foods*: These can aggravate sensitive teeth.
  • ⁠Steer clear of cold water or ice*: They can cause severe pain in sensitive teeth.
  • Take over-the-counter painkillers*: Non-prescription options like ibuprofen or paracetamol can provide relief.
  • ⁠Use a cold compress*: Apply it gently to your skin or jaw above the sensitive area to reduce inflammation.
  • Rinse with warm salt water*: Swish it gently around your mouth to help soothe your gums.
  • ⁠Eat soft foods*: Avoid hard vegetables and enjoy softer options to minimize chewing and pressure on your teeth.
  • Use products for sensitive teeth*: Opt for dentist-approved mouthwash and toothpaste designed for sensitivity. Be careful with flossing to avoid irritating your gums.

Is Sensitivity after Dental Cleaning Normal?

Yes, mild sensitivity after a dental cleaning is normal and should subside within a few hours. However, if you experience severe pain, it's important to discuss this with your dentist. They can customize your next cleaning session or identify any underlying dental issues. Reporting past dental pain is also helpful for your dentist.

We believe everyone deserves a healthy, pain-free smile. If you are experiencing dental discomfort, visit our site to book an appointment with our experienced dentists. We are committed to addressing your oral health concerns and helping you achieve a healthy mouth.