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Tips For Making Your Next Dental Cleaning Less Painful

Tips For Making Your Next Dental Cleaning Less Painful

As good as having your teeth cleaned at the dentist is, it can hurt a lot. It’s no wonder that so many people put it off as much as possible. Your local Reading dental clinic understands this and wants to make the process as smooth and painless as possible for you. Here are our tips for making your next dental cleaning less painful.

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Take Advil Before and After the Cleaning

Taking an Advil, or any other kind of painkiller can help reduce the pain of your cleaning. It also helps reduce the pain from after the cleaning. Consider taking between 600 and 800mg an hour before your cleaning, and take another dose around six hours after the cleaning. This makes the process less painful and reduces inflammatory reactions.

Prevent Gum Recession

Gum recession is caused when your gum moves down the teeth, exposing more of the sensitive lower area of your tooth to bacteria. This makes your teeth more sensitive to food and cleanings. If you have inflamed gums and they start to heal it can cause them to recede. The more inflammation and healing cycles you go through, the more your gums are going to recede. Keep your teeth healthy to avoid gum recession, or consider calling an emergency dentist Reading if the problem is too severe.

Take Better Care of your Teeth

It sounds simple to brush and floss your teeth and scrape your tongue, but the better-taken care of your teeth are, the easier a dental cleaning will go. Teeth cleanings are going to be more painful if you aren’t in the habit of flossing your teeth. Flossing works off around 40% of the plaque on your teeth, meaning that your hygienist has more to clean off if you aren’t doing it yourself. Consider using a flossing stick if you don’t like flossing with dental floss.

Avoid Over Brushing

Most people will overdo it when it comes to brushing their teeth. This makes them more sensitive because it damages them. Brushing your teeth the wrong way can make them more porous, which leads to increased sensitivity. Make sure that you brush your teeth properly to avoid making them more sensitive.

Get a Good Hygienist

Just as you can overdo it yourself, it’s also possible for a dental hygienist to overdo it. You need to find a good Reading dental office staffed with people that want to work with you. Some dental hygienists also take things too lightly and don’t get the job done properly. Find a good middle ground; a dental hygienist that is gentle enough to not cause unnecessary discomfort, but still good enough to clean your teeth properly.


The easiest way to make a dental clean go smoother is to take better care of your teeth at home. The more you do at home, the less the hygienist has to do in the clinic. Floss your teeth, avoid over brushing them, and step up your oral hygiene game in general to make your next cleaning as painless as possible.

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