Why Does Dental Cleaning Hurt So Much?

Dental cleanings should not be painful.

If you are experiencing pain during your cleaning, tell your dental hygienist or dentist.

Your dentist will determine if your discomfort is due to an issue with one or more of your teeth.

Most dental sensitivity is the result of gum disease, tooth decay, or both.

Is it normal for teeth to hurt after cleaning?

General discomfort due to dental cleaning, however, disappears in one or two days for most patients. Tooth sensitivity pain is simply harder to avoid on a daily basis – especially when eating or drinking hot or cold foods, biting down and brushing – but it shouldn’t be a problem for more than a week.

What helps with pain after teeth cleaning?

Use a soft toothbrush and do not apply too much pressure to the areas that are sore. If you are experiencing discomfort that makes it hard to chew or talk, taking a dose of ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help. If you are a smoker, make sure you avoid smoking for at least 72 hours after your deep cleaning procedure.

Can dental cleaning damage teeth?

A cleaning at the dental office can scrape enamel off teeth. This is false. During a cleaning at the dentist’s office, it can feel like teeth are being damaged or over-scraped. After a cleaning, teeth can also feel more sensitive to hot and cold as well as liquids and food.

What happens during a teeth cleaning?

Removing plaque and tartar

With the small mirror to guide them, the dental hygienist uses a scaler to get rid of plaque and tartar around your gum line, as well as in between your teeth. You’ll hear scraping, but this is normal. Brushing and flossing stops plaque from building up and hardening into tartar.