Post # 1
Hello hive. So…this post doesn’t really have a spot which is why I put it on the Beehive…
I’m due for my next teeth cleaning in a couple weeks, and I can’t help but cringe, because last time, well it hurt like hell. I wanted to punch this lady in the face by the time she was done. So anyway I have an appt made but I’m scared to death it’s going to suck again! Now, I have a pretty high tolerance for pain, I’ve had fillings, wisdom teeth removed, tattoos, nothing really bothers me.
So my question is are cleanings supposed to be this painful? or do you think it was just the person I had doing mine? I’m 25…for the first half of my life I didn’t have dental insurance so I only went when something was hurting. Now that I finally do have some dental insurance thank goodness, I’m going regularly, so I’ve had past cleanings but none as memorable/horrific as this one. Let me hear about your experiences!
Post # 3
I’ve always been good about going every 6 months and I have NEVER had a cleaning hurt. So I would say no, it is not normal. (unless you have some kind of issue with your teeth/gums that makes it hurt of course).
Post # 4
I usually go pretty regularly to have my teeth cleaned, and depending which oh the two hygenists is there, it can hurt like hell. I swear one of them isn’t satisfied until she makes me bleed. When it’s the other woman it doesn’t hurt at all.
Post # 5
@CorgiTales: thanks for the reply, everyone else I’ve talked to agrees with you, that no it should not hurt unless you’re having problems. And no my teeth are not perfect, but I don’t have any issues that I think would cause me pain during a cleaning. I swear this woman was trying to seperate my teeth from my gums. Sorry to type that, just thinking about it makes me cringe! not trying to gross anyone out!
Post # 6
@MissBoPeep: yeah I remembered this ones name and what she looked like so if I walk in and it’s the same person I am so rescheduling. I guess I could call ahead of time and ask who I have that day. Thanks ladies!
Post # 7
Call the office and ask who you’re scheduled with and see if it’s the same one you had before. If they ask why you want to know, explain that you were very uncomfortable during your last appt. and would prefer to see someone else this time. (The only problem would be if she’s the only hygienist they have.) If she is, and you can’t see anyone BUT her, on the day of your appt. take 400mg of ibupropfen/Tylenol (if you can) an hour before, and ask her to use a topical anesthesia on you. You should be comfortable for your appointment and she needs to know how your last experience with her was.
Some hygienists are very heavy handed and only become aware of it if enough patients complain. It can happen over time, but can be corrected with some effort. Some patients are babies, and anything and everything you do to them they complain about. I’m not sure where you range on the patient scale, but the cleaning shouldn’t be so painful you dread returning. It can be uncomfortable, but she has various things she can use to make the experience more pleasant (or at least tolerable) for you. If your teeth are sensitive before going in,everything she does will make them more so, but she needs to know about it.
Here’s another thought. This last hygienist may be doing ‘cleanup’ for the ones you had prior who didn’t remove all the deposits thoroughly. She has to go deeper and below them to remove them, so she’s actually doing you a favor. You shouldn’t be falling out of the chair in agony,tho! There are some hygienists who are called ‘chat and polishers’, meaning they talk more than they work and only skim over the treatment they’re supposed to be providing.
I hope you post a followup after your appointment. I’ll be curious to hear what happens. Good luck!
Post # 8
Hmm…, I remember when I really had to go for a ‘scaling’. It wasn’t too too bad but it was the worst I’ve ever had. My gums did bleed. But after that, nada. I don’t think a regular cleaninig should hurt that much. Ask for the dental hygenist doing it. Hopefully it will be a different one 🙂
Post # 9
Guess I should have added that I AM a hygienist, and I’d be more leery of the ones who don’t hurt at all. A cleaning in a normal healthy mouth shouldn’t be excruciating, but you should feel something. Good luck.