How to Avoid Teeth Sensitivity
One way to avoid teeth sensitivity after a deep cleaning is to look for ways to improve your current day-to-day oral care routine. In addition to brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily, avoid aggressive or hard scrubbing when brushing. You should also try to avoid acidic foods and drinks, which can lead to enamel deterioration (though using a straw can help mitigate that risk, as well as drinking water after an acidic beverage). If you grind your teeth, your oral care professional can provide you with a mouthguard that can protect you from grinding down your teeth and causing sensitivity.
While teeth sensitivity is uncomfortable, it’s a normal and usually temporary side effect of a cleaning. But if your symptoms last longer than a few weeks, you should contact your oral care provider to talk about your concerns.
Remember, teeth cleanings (and deep cleanings) are easy and excellent ways to maintain great oral health and prevent cavities. Even though your teeth might be sensitive after a cleaning, don’t worry. This is likely normal and temporary, and you’ll soon be on your way to a healthier smile.