Dental Cleaning: What to Expect.

Saturday, April 16, 2016


As I start my journey to adult braces, there are several steps I have to take before I embark on that journey. I officially get my "Adult" braces in two weeks!

In order to get braces, I had to get a series of things, such as a cleaning. A deep cleaning. and this will be a TMI post.

I have deep pockets, it's not fun and requires a lot of flossing, and brushing to keep them manageable. I skipped a year of cleaning, and that was bad news.

I made an appointment, and two days ago I finally had the cleaning.

They called me in, and they sat me down on one of those handy dental chairs, they had the tools they were going to use already out. The dental hygienist who worked on me was very nice, she made me feel comfy as she put the head of the chair down.

She examined my teeth briefly, and went right at it.  She used a scaler that sprayed water on my teeth. It kinda felt like the tip of the scaler was spinning. My teeth are very sensitive, and the water although she said was at room temperature, felt cold and my teeth hurt.

The scaling, did hurt at times, it was also uncomfortable of course. The dental hygienist was having full conversations with me while I was there with a mouth full of water and blood.

There was a suction cup that gathered all the nastyness. I think it left hickies on my cheek because she just left it there while she was using the hook like tool on my teeth.
It was bad, really bad... but she said its normal to have this much blood during a cleaning. After 10 minutes I was ready to be out, but I was already in too deep. She went so deep into my gums, I was bleeding for hours after the cleaning.

After the scaling, water part, she went in with another hook like tool, and did what she just did, all over again. This one really hurt, she went in deep and I saw so much blood on her gloves, but it was a pain that sucked, but was manageable. This process took about ten minutes. Then she again sprayed me with water and used the suction device.

After that she then took a rubber tip tool, and put dipped it in Fluoride and cleaned the teeth with it. 

She then sprayed my teeth with the water, and suctioned out the water, and did that for about 4 minutes until I looked presentable to go outside.

Flash forward to a couple of days, I have more pain now than yesterday. My gums are very swollen, and I feel the metal blood taste in my mouth. She stated that it will be normal and give it a couple
days.

I can't believe how swollen my gums are, it hurts to eat, to brush and feels uncomfortable to drink.

I guess it's all worth it. All this pain, and it didn't include a whitening.

Next up, a cavity filling for 3 teeth!

I hope this helps anyone who has a dental cleaning coming up. Although it's very uncomfortable, it is manageable, and worth it. I'll be getting it done all over again in 6 months.

32 comments :

  1. OMG, I have never had this done and I really need to but your post has scared the crap out of me. Is it normal for a cleaning to hurt that much? Couldn't she have given you a local anaesthetic?

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  2. I have never done this before, so this is certainly an interesting post! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  3. Oh gosh I absolutely hate the dentist, and th sight of blood shakes me. What a good post in order to prepare.

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  4. I'm planning to put braces on my teeth. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I like how you described it in detail, makes me feel like I was with you in that same room. Thanks for sharing your experience. :)

    Kevin
    www.risethisday.com

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  6. those tools are scary. I've never done that but it looks scary,

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  7. That sounds painful and scary! Good to know for people who intend to get braces.

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  8. Oh that sounds terrifying! I can understand why you'd need to do such a thing but gosh!

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  9. Ugh what a horrible experience! I haven't been to get my teeth cleaned in a while and need to go! Ive never heard of someone bleeding so much after a cleaning/scaling. Hope you are feeling better.

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  10. Omg, I'm so scared to do this. But as you said it's worth it. I've never been to dental cleaning, this was great post for what I can expect :)

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  11. I really want braces too but I want the invisible ones because I really wish that my teeth were straighter.

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  12. Thanks for sharing your detailed experience. I felt like I was there with you. goosebumps everywhere.

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  13. Just when i was thinking to go for dental check up i see your post. I have never been to a dental clinic for myself ( sounds gross , i know) :P but i had witness my sister geting teeth cleanup done and like you she bleeded and looked like a vamp . That scared the shit out of me :D for that matter i can feel you

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  14. I have never tried braces before. I like how you described the procedure. now I have an idea how they put on the braces.

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  15. I havent undergone teeth cleaning. And your experience seems horrible. Haha. The last time I had an appointment with a dentist was when I had a tooth extraction.

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  16. I havent undergone teeth cleaning. And your experience seems horrible. Haha. The last time I had an appointment with a dentist was when I had a tooth extraction.

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  17. No Pain No Gain as they say. I hate going to the dentist but it is one of the things you have to do in life. Just remember how beautiful your smile will be once those braces come off.

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  18. I heard from friends who put brace on their teeth the process is indeed pain, but like you said it's worthy. I wonder if teeth cleaning only for those who will get brace, or is it for everybody.

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  19. OMG , and tomorrow I have dentist! I hate going to the dentist even if is jut for the 6 moths check up, but I love my smile and I thank dentists for that

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  20. I have never hurt that bad after a dentist appointment so you will need to take it easy. But I think it gets better if you go more often. Next time you may need to ask for a different lady!

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  21. I stumbled upon your post literally on time because I have to take care of that soon. Great detailed information I highly appreciate!!

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  22. I had no idea, deep pockets or not, that a cleaning could be so horribly painful and bloody. I don't know if I could take it!

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  23. I like how you detail your experience. It didn't really bother me at all. I felt I was in there with you.

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  24. WOW!!!! This was so interesting. I didnt even realise a cleaning would include pain and blood. I hate the dentist so this has put me off even more haha. Im glad twilight dentistry is available now! But for a teeth cleaning, wow! I hope you recover quickly! xx

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  25. I have always wondered on all of these points. How do people with braces manage cleaning, eating, etc. your post has cleared my doubts and for sure scared me too. hope you are doing good.

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  26. Interesting post. I dread dental appointments. I don't know why, I just don't like being touched that much..if that makes sense.

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  27. I've had this done before and it was painful but I didn't have bleeding gums for days!! Poor you, I really hope that this treatment is worth it in the end!

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  28. This is an interesting post! Hope you are doing good!

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  29. Oh God! I am not a big fan of visiting the dentist. The most difficult part is opening the mouth for that long.

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  30. I didn’t know a dental cleaning can be so painful and bloody. Hope it really worth it...I am very scared of dentists..

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  31. I have never bothered about going to the dentist, even as a child I was never scared like so many people are but as I have got older it seems to cause more problems than it solves! I go in for a check up, am told I need a filling then have noting but toothache and sensitivity ever since having it done!

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  32. I have a bit of a phobia against dentist and your experience highlights why, blood on the gloves omg it seems scary and yet necessary.

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