Did you know that teeth sensitivity affects up to 40 million people in the USA? It is one of the most common reasons clients put off their dental cleanings. If you are wondering “Why are my teeth sensitive after cleaning?” you are not alone! Thankfully, Canyon Dental has plenty of answers, options and solutions to help you keep your dental appointments enjoyable and relaxing.
Protective Enamel and Gum Recession
Our professional and committed dental team reminds clients that proactive oral health care is the best way to combat sensitivity. Maintaining your regular dental checkups and oral hygiene appointments are how we can monitor all the aspects of your smile.
The hard, protective outer layer of enamel can become thinner over time. Aggressive tooth brushing, acidity, tooth grinding, and early cavities can wreak havoc on our enamel layer. Over time, gum recession and root exposure may occur. When our protective components are worn away, teeth sensitivity can occur.
Solutions For Teeth Sensitivity After Cleaning
We always invite our clients to discuss any questions or concerns. This can give us an opportunity to recommend certain desensitizing kinds of toothpastes.
Some clients have switched to Sensodyne and similar toothpaste with great results. Others take a Tylenol before their appointment. And remember, there is no shame in asking for some topical freezing or sedation options for your teeth cleaning procedure.
We are happy to work together to ensure there is a safe solution so that you don’t skip out on your dental checkups!
Our gums can recede over time with age or genetics. Brushing too aggressively is another way to irritate the gums and damage your enamel. There is a delicate balance between brushing to clean your teeth and wearing your teeth and/ or gums. Once the roots of the teeth are exposed, it can become extremely twinge-worthy every time you are indulging in hot and cold beverages, acidic or sweet foods. Even a walk on the windy beach can cause discomfort.
Scaling Doesn’t Have To Be Your Worst Nightmare
Deep cleaning involves removing tartar and plaque buildup along the gumline. Did you know it only takes mere hours for plaque bacteria to begin to solidify into tartar? If scaling is your least favourite part of your dental appointment, the best thing you can do is brush, floss and swish with a quality mouthwash daily. Never go to bed without brushing your teeth too! Of course, visiting us every six months, (or sooner if an issue arises) is one of the best things you can do.
Solutions for Teeth Sensitive After Cleaning
Thankfully, there are a variety of things you can do to stay proactive with your oral health.
Some of the best solutions to combat teeth sensitivity after cleaning include:
- Tell us about your sensitivity or dental anxiety and learn about the oral sedation options we have.
- Switch to an electric toothbrush with a 2-minute built-in timer.
- Check your bristles to see if they are splayed out in the hallmark sign of overbrushing or brushing too hard.
- Use only extra soft brushes.
- Try a WaterPik.
- Use flossers or expanding floss every day to wick harmful bacteria away from your gum line.
- Switch to a desensitizing toothpaste.
- Maintain your regular oral health checkups to monitor gum (gingival) recession, cavity prevention and any oral health concerns that could be contributing to your sensitivity.
Maximize Your 2019 Dental Benefits
Canyon Dental looks forward to seeing you one last time before the holiday season! Let us help you keep your smile healthy, happy, merry and bright today and always.