Birmingham,AL dentist teeth cleaning myths


There are several reasons that a person may be afraid to see the dentist.  One way to decrease the possibility of having extensive dental work done is to make sure you see the dentist for a routine dental exam and cleaning.  Having a routine dental exam and cleaning is a preventive used to prevent cavities or to catch any problems going on in your mouth before they get too bad. 

Most people should have an exam and cleaning every 6 months.  If you are putting off going to the dentist because of a fear here are some myths and tips for overcoming that fear to having your teeth professionally cleaned.

1.  Teeth cleaning is supposed to hurt.  This is simply not true.  If you are brushing properly and flossing regularly your teeth and gums should not hurt while they are being cleaned.  If your first visit is uncomfortable, I can assure you that your next should not be.  Your dentist or hygienist will teach you proper brushing and flossing techniques to prevent the discomfort.

2.  My gums should bleed while I am getting my teeth cleaned.   Your gums should not bleed at any time.  This is a sign of gingivitis.  If your dental hygienist or dentist notices bleeding while cleaning she will teach you proper brushing and flossing techniques to prevent the bleeding.  If deemed necessary, she will prescribe a medicated mouth rinse for you to use.

3.  My teeth always hurt after I have them cleaned.  Sometimes there is plaque and calculus buildup on your teeth that could provide a layer of insulation.  Once this buildup is removed, more than likely there is some area of the tooth root exposed.  This is what causes the sensitivity.  The calculus buildup has to be removed to prevent further damage to the tooth and gums.  The hygienist will suggest a sensitivity toothpaste and if needed the dentist may recommend filling material being placed on the exposed root surface.

In summary,  it is better to prevent than to fix.  If you get your routine dental exam and cleaning, you are decreasing your chances of having cavities and saving money.   Your dentist has also has a better chance of catching any small cavities and filling them versus having to do a root canal on large cavities that have been ignored.

We would love to help you conquer your fear at Contemporary Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry!