Posted on June 10, 2021
Proper dental hygiene is critical to preventing many other medical conditions. However, visiting the dentist can cause an emotional response in a lot of people. For some people, it makes them anxious; for others, they dread the sounds and associate a trip to the dentist with discomfort.
At Stoney Creek Dental, we want to ensure you have the best experience at your appointment, which also means as little pain as possible. Here are some tips and tricks to ensure you have a pain-free dentistry visit.
Setting the Foundation for Pain-Free Dentistry
The first step to reducing pain at the dentist is to attend appointments at your regularly scheduled time frames. Avoiding the dentist can cause future appointments to be lengthier and more painful – both during the visit and after.
The second step is to follow your dentist’s advice regarding oral hygiene at home. This advice includes regularly flossing, brushing twice a day, and following a healthy diet.
How to Reduce Pain at Your Dental Visit
If you’re worried about pain when you visit the dentist, make sure you start your appointment by having an open conversation with your hygienist. Let them know about any reservations or anxieties you have and explain any tooth or gum sensitivity so that they can use an extra gentle touch.
You can also agree on a signal to let the hygienist know if the pain reaches a point you’re uncomfortable with, and you need a break.
Finally, you can ask the receptionist when the office is least busy and book your appointment during these off-peak hours. A less busy waiting room will help put you at ease right from the beginning.
How to Reduce Pain at Home
When you’re taking care of your teeth at home, you can sometimes have swelling around your gums. If it’s after a dental visit, this may be because of plaque removal during your cleaning. You can relieve pain by following some simple home remedies. Always check with your dentist or physician if ibuprofen is the proper medication for you.
Another tip to reduce dental pain is to switch toothpaste. Based on your age, gum recession, or how often you eat and drink acidic foods, your teeth might be more sensitive. Hot or cold temperatures may bother your teeth, and certain parts of the dental appointment may, too. Switching to an extra-sensitive toothpaste can help alleviate some of this discomfort at home and your next dental appointment. Make sure to brush for a minimum of 2 minutes though!
Finally, when you’re at home, make sure you avoid overbrushing. When you brush your teeth too hard or too often, you can make them more sensitive. Teeth can become porous when brushed incorrectly, leading to increased sensitivity.
Pain-Free Dental Visits at Stoney Creek Dental
We have many different options available to keep your dental appointments as pain-free and comfortable as possible. Contact us today to learn more!