Many people avoid getting regular dental cleanings out of fear of discomfort or pain. Yet, the more frequently you do go see your dentist, the easier each cleaning will be. This is because, like any minor injury, your body reacts to the build-up of plaque and tartar as a foreign invasion and sends white blood cells to the site to defend against infection. This increase in blood flow is what causes puffy gums—and the sensitivity associated with them. Each time you go the dentist for a cleaning, all of this bacteria is removed, allowing your body to ease up on the swelling of your gums and making all future cleanings much less disruptive. If you are still worried about pain, or if you have a pre-existing oral condition, you can always speak to Dr. Bedi and Dr. Bedi or any hygienist before your appointment to set up a personalized routine for your maximum comfort. There are also some steps you can take in your daily life to make your regularly scheduled dental cleanings as pleasant of an experience as possible.
Brush and Floss
Of course, it goes without saying that at-home dental care is the most important aspect of overall oral health. Flossing daily is the best way to fight plaque and tartar build up. Good flossing practice has also been linked with a decreased risk of heart disease. Brushing twice a day, morning and night, gets rid of any lingering food particles and freshens breath. However, it is also important not to brush too harshly. Use the softest bristles suited to your teeth and go slow and gentle. Damage to the outer layer of the tooth only increases risk of caries and infection.
Likewise, many people worry in the days leading up to their appointment and rigorously floss and brush several times per day. It is not necessary, and can even be harmful: during your cleaning appointment, the dentist and hygienist will floss and brush your teeth, as well as perform the cleaning itself. You should make sure that your teeth have not been over-stressed the day of your cleaning: simply brush and floss as normal, and use a gentle mouthwash if you feel the need.
If You’re Still Worried
At King Town Dental, we understand that going to the dentist for a cleaning can be an intimidating experience for some. That is why we welcome our patients to be open about any and all concerns. Dental health is an important aspect of overall health, and your dental team is dedicated to working with you towards that goal. If you have any pre-existing oral health conditions, please let us know before your appointment, so we can make the necessary adjustments to your cleaning. We are also proud of providing a calm and relaxing atmosphere, to lessen the anxiety which may surround a dental appointment. You can also take one to two Advil in the hour before your appointment, or directly afterwards, to help with any swelling.
If you have any questions, or to schedule a cleaning for you or your family, please contact Dr. Mercedes Bedi and Dr. Sabrina Bedi at King Town Dental today.