The most common procedure that you’ll have completed at the dental office is a routine dental cleaning and checkup. While some people absolutely love having their teeth cleaned, there are a small percentage that do not. In fact, they look at it in a negative light and are usually ready to finish it as quickly as possible. If that sounds like you, here are a few things you need to know about how to make your cleaning one that is as gentle as possible:
Ask your hygienist to use an ultrasonic instrument.
Ultrasonic scalers use light vibration and irrigation to remove the bulk of tartar deposits on your teeth. The power can be adjusted based on the amount of buildup as well as the comfort preferences of the patient. In most cases, ultrasonic scaling also allows the procedure to be completed more quickly.
Take advantage of Nitrous Oxide sedation.
If you tend to feel jumpy or have generally sensitive teeth and gums, then nitrous oxide sedation is something you should really consider. It’s available for literally any dental appointment and can produce results in just a few minutes. Patients feel more relaxed and have less anxiety, typically wishing that they had asked for the nitrous oxide sooner. Even after the procedure, you’ll be able to drive yourself back home or return to work.
Start flossing 2 weeks before.
Active gum infections like gingivitis or periodontal disease will make your mouth more sensitive during cleanings. Thankfully, gingivitis can be reversed in just 2 weeks with daily flossing and brushing along the gumlines. Since it takes 2 weeks of this to reverse signs of gingivitis, you’ll need to start flossing that far in advance as well (if you aren’t already.)
What do you love about your cleaning appointments? What do you wish you could change? Keep your dentist in the know – it’s the only way for them to help enhance your level of care at every visit.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Marietta Family Dental Care, P.C.
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