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Does Teeth Cleaning Hurt?

Normally, a scheduled teeth cleaning should not cause pain. However, there may be complicating factors such as gingivitis, tooth decay, and other symptoms of oral disease that can lead to increased sensitivity.

Dental teeth cleanings can sometimes be uncomfortable if a person does not brush and floss frequently and if there is a lot of tartar and plaque on the teeth. Flossing can remove much of the plaque, but if a person does not floss, the dentist or dental hygienist will have to scrape harder to remove plaque from the teeth, resulting in an uncomfortable feeling while cleaning teeth.

When gum disease becomes more severe, it develops into what is called periodontal disease. With gum disease, the gums pull away from the teeth, exposing the root of the tooth, which is much more sensitive to touch and hot and cold water. During a dental cleaning, the dental hygienist or dentist must scrape this area to remove tartar and examine the extent of the problem. Therefore, this can sometimes be uncomfortable while cleaning the plaque and tartar.

By cleaning your teeth regularly with brushing, flossing and rinsing, you’ll develop strong and healthy gums and teeth that won’t have these problems. While at our dental office, the best way to ensure painless teeth cleaning is to communicate clearly with your hygienist. The hygienist can then use the appropriate topical anesthetics, medicated gels or any prescription rinses, if necessary, to give our patients the highest levels of comfort during your dental cleanings.

It is always our desire that our patients be free of pain and discomfort while cleaning teeth, and although occasionally something unpleasant may occur during a dental teeth cleaning, we would like to minimize discomfort and pain as much as possible during your visit to our office so that you can continue with good, pain-free oral hygiene in the future.