How can I avoid pain during teeth cleaning at the dentist?

Most dental sensitivity is the result of gum disease, tooth decay, or both. If your teeth are sensitive, it's a good idea to see your dentist for a cleaning. If you find your teeth are sensitive only during cleaning, talk with your dentist, as it may be an early sign of gum or tooth disease. Also, your dentist can apply a topical anesthetic during cleanings to make you more comfortable.

Proper tooth and gum care will help you to avoid sensitivity when having your teeth cleaned. You might be able to reduce your chances of dental sensitivity by:
  • brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily
  • using a soft or ultra soft toothbrush and brushing gently up and down, rather than side to side
  • using a fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinse
  • using a toothpaste that provides protection against sensitivity
  • getting treatment for grinding or clenching your teeth, or bruxism, which can cause tooth sensitivity

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