(Closed) NWR- the dentist, or more specifically, the dental hygenist

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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 # 7
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Bee Keeper

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
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Sugar bee

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
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Bee Keeper

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.

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