There are many people who experience pain after a dental cleaning. This is a common issue that affects many patients when they have their teeth cleaned, but it doesn’t have to be this way! In this blog post, we will discuss 5 tips for how to relieve some of the discomfort you may feel after your next dental appointment.
Tip #01: Post-cleaning the best way to relieve pain is by eating a juicy, cold piece of fruit. While this may not be ideal for your empty stomach or schedule, it’s important that you replace lost nutrients and fluids after cleaning. This will help with any discomfort from dry mouth as well!
Tip #02: Make sure to chew on an ice cube while drinking plenty of water following dental cleaning. Drinking chilled liquids such as iced tea can help numb tissues in your mouth which have been irritated by toothbrushes and other instruments used during the appointment. These two tips are especially helpful if you start experiencing mild swelling afterwards due to irritation caused when plaque was dislodged from teeth surfaces during brushing.
Tip #03: Rinse mouth out with cool water. This helps to reduce swelling and irritation in your mouth following a dental visit, especially if you have had some type of numbing agent injected into the gums as part of the cleaning process. Simply fill up a cup or glass of cold water from your tap faucet, tilt head back and rinse thoroughly for 20-30 seconds at least twice each day until all symptoms go away completely.
Tip #04: Take an over-the-counter pain reliever (such as ibuprofen) half-hour before bedtime on night after having teeth cleaned by dentist. Doing so will help alleviate any discomfort that may be caused by dry mouth due to lack of saliva production during sleep.
Tip #05: Drink plenty of fluids to keep mouth moist and avoid dryness after dental cleaning. This is especially important following any type of numbing agent that has been applied in order for the dentist to do a deep, thorough job on teeth surfaces during treatment. Be sure not too wait until you experience discomfort before taking these steps! If needed, make an appointment with your dentist sooner rather than later as this can help prevent further tooth decay and other oral health issues that may arise if left untreated due to painful sensitivity caused from injury or infection around teeth when gums are inflamed (or bleeding).
It’s also helpful to talk over these tips with your family members so they can be mindful about how best to support you in the days following your appointment.
Tip #06: Use a straw to help with swallowing after dental cleaning. If you experience any difficulty in swallowing due to dryness, use a straw for it can provide enough moisture in order to swallow without experiencing pain or discomfort. Your dentist may also prescribe an additional medication that will be taken orally if needed as well!
Tip #07: Avoid foods and drinks which are acidic until symptoms have gone away completely (usually 24-48 hours post-cleaning). This includes citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruits, tomatoes, strawberries, chocolate milk shakes etc., since these items all contain acids that can make swollen tissues worse when consumed on top of cavities/teeth sensitivity caused by plaque.
Tip #08: Consider taking an over-the-counter pain reliever (such as ibuprofen) or prescription medication following dental cleaning. If you experience discomfort for more than 48 hours after your appointment, be sure to consult with a dentist sooner rather than later in order to prevent any further damage from occurring and continue enjoying the full benefits of oral health!
Tip #09: Schedule regular appointments with a qualified professional such as your family dentists so that they can keep on top of potential issues before they happen. Regular checkups will allow them to identify problems early enough, which is much better than having teeth get worse due to lack of treatment while dealing with significant toothache afterwards!
Teeth sensitivity after your dental cleaning is a common problem, but as we have shown there are ways to remedy until your body finds its equilibrium. Use the methods mentioned above, and you’ll be back to normal in no time.