- Many people experience sensitivity after a dental cleaning and it’s often caused by poking and prodding of scaling tools.
- Gum disease and gingivitis can also increase your risk of pain and sensitivity after a dental cleaning.
- The good news is the discomfort should be short-term and go away within a couple of days but if it persists, you should contact your dentist. A more serious underlying problem may be the cause.
Taking care of your oral health is a lot more important than most people realize. The Mayo Clinic explains that your mouth is an entry point to your digestive and respiratory tracts, and poor oral health can put your body at risk for bacterial infections that can cause disease. But despite knowing the importance, more than 100 million Americans don’t go for routine cleanings each year. So, why is this the case?
While some people avoid the dentist due to anxiety or phobias of the dentist, others may avoid it because they have sensitive teeth. If your teeth always feel sensitive after dental cleanings, know you’re not alone. In this article, we’ll find out why you experience pain and sensitivity after a dental cleaning plus a few tips to help you manage the discomfort.
What Causes Gum Sensitivity?
Some discomfort (or pain) after a dental cleaning is very common and the most common culprit is general tooth sensitivity. Luckily, the discomfort should be short-term and go away within a couple of days. But what causes sensitivity in the first place?
Discomfort can come from two places: the gums and/or the teeth. For starters, your gums may hurt after a dental cleaning because of the poking and prodding with the scaling tools. Having gingivitis or gum disease can also cause discomfort after a cleaning.