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How to Improve Your Dental Hygiene Visits

It might come as a surprise (or not), but some people don’t enjoy having their teeth cleaned very much. There are a number of reasons why some people are uncomfortable during their dental cleaning appointment. Some of the most common reasons include:

  • Anxiety about dental care
  • Not liking the feeling of someone’s hands in their mouth
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Laying back so far in the chair
  • The feeling of some of the instruments on their teeth
  • Presence of periodontal disease or severe gingivitis
  • Heavy tartar buildup that needs to be removed

Since hygiene visits are so essential to a healthy mouth, your dentist wants you to know that they will make every effort to keep these visits as comfortable as possible.

Nitrous Oxide is a Great Way to Relax!

Laughing gas is perfect for cleaning appointments when patients have increased anxiety or just have trouble relaxing during any type of dental visit. It only takes a few minutes to achieve full results, and is 100% reversible, so that you can drive yourself home or back to work after your appointment.

Ask for a Neck Pillow!

Believe it or not, you’re not going to slide out backwards from the dental chair. Your hygienist needs to lay you back to a certain point where they can see the most posterior areas of your mouth, while also not causing themselves occupational related strain of their neck, back, or shoulders. A neck pillow is an easy way to help patients feel more comfortable when laying back is an issue. Just be sure that it doesn’t cause your head to tilt up, or it will defeat the purpose!

Always Let Your Hygienist Know what You Need

Communication is important. Your hygienist wants to hear back from you to know your personal preferences and needs when it comes to keeping you comfortable. If you want nitrous each time, prefer the ultrasonic scaler to hand instruments, or don’t like a certain flavor of polish…let her know!

Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental


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