Australian dentists advocate for regular teeth cleanings, given that only half of the population brush twice a day. It doesn't help that most people are anxious about dentist appointments, especially if they have not been diligent in their oral hygiene. However, the more you wait, the more plaque and tartar will buildup and make the cleaning process more invasive. Teeth cleanings are known for not being too pleasant, but the steps below will make the process easier.

Improve Brushing and Flossing

The benefits of brushing twice are very apparent, but most people don't brush as well as they want to. In a world where almost everyone is juggling busy schedules, it can be hard to find the time to brush for two minutes in the morning and at night. However, you can slow down the buildup of plaque if you take the extra time to boost your oral hygiene.

If you only brush before you leave the house in the morning, try and brush again after dinner or before bed. If you quit flossing for months, it is essential to start again before going to the dentist for teeth cleaning. 

Avoid Teeth Whitening

It is typical to be self-conscious about your teeth's colour when a dentist appointment is coming up. If you have the urge to reach for whitening strips, keep in mind that they will leave your teeth more sensitive.

The teeth cleaning process is already uncomfortable, and it can get painful if you show up with sensitive teeth and gums. If you want to improve your teeth's appearance, you can request the dentist to do the whitening after cleaning. Your teeth will be free of tartar and will respond well to whitening agents.

Take Ibuprofen or Advil

If you experience pain during teeth cleaning, you can prepare by taking Ibuprofen or Advil before the appointment. The pills will reduce pain and inflammation and make the process more comfortable.

You can also ask your dentist for a topical numbing gel for your gums. A topical or injection anaesthesia will numb your gum tissue to ease the teeth cleaning process for you and the dentist. 

Ask About the Process

The teeth cleaning process involves a couple of professional tools, and having a dentist stick them into your mouth can induce panic. Ask your dentist to explain the cleaning procedure to you and to go through any available options. Being aware of the entire process will reduce your anxiety during teeth cleaning. You can also write down some notes beforehand for any questions you want to ask the practitioner. 

If you need a dentist service, make an appointment with a local dentist.