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Going to the dentist gives you an opportunity to have your teeth and gums completely cleaned and your health improved. However, it's not entirely uncommon for people to notice temporary sensitivity in their teeth, gums, or both after having a dental cleaning. If you've had this happen to you recently and are wondering why and if it's a bad sign, then here's what you should know.
Tooth sensitivity is possible after more intense dental procedures, but it can still happen on a milder level when you only have your teeth cleaned. The good news is that this isn't necessarily a bad thing; in fact, it's an improvement.
For many people, the sensations in their teeth after having them cleaned seem stronger, if only for a little while. The reason for this is that you likely had significant plaque and tartar build-up on your teeth. This substance can harm teeth, but it also acts as a barrier between your teeth and everything else. Think of it like this: if you got glue on your fingers, you'd still be able to use them, but things would feel strange when you touch anything until the glue was removed. Like glue, once the plaque and tartar are removed, the nerves of the teeth become closer to the surface and send stronger signals upon encountering touch, cold, and heat. You likely won't notice it after a day or two.
Gums are very similar to teeth in this regard. While cleaning gums thoroughly is often the first step in allowing them to heal from gum disease, stripping them of a layer of plaque and tartar can lead to sensitivity. This is not only because your teeth are now exposed to everything like your teeth, but also because plaque and tartar can cause inflammation. If you've had gum disease in the past, even in the early stages, removing this layer will let the gums start to heal, but they might feel a little uncomfortable or odd for a few days while they begin to recover from their infection.
For most people, this sensitivity is temporary and doesn't cause any significant pain or problems. However, if you want to avoid this problem in the future, the best thing you can do is to take excellent care of your oral hygiene at home and to make sure to not miss your normal dentist appointments. Seeing your dentist as directed will help to prevent the build-up of these substances, which can lead to reduced or no sensitivity after your next cleaning.
For more information, contact a local dentist.Share
13 September 2021