I need some help. I’ve found dental cleaning almost impossible to get through recently. I’ve mentioned the sensitivity to my dentist and his hygienist, but it didn’t seem to make a difference. Anything cold makes me go through the roof and my gums swell and bleed every time. I have to take pain killers as soon as I leave the office. Then, this last time she was using this device that shot ice-cold water on my teeth, even though she knew I was sensitive to the cold. When I jumped, which frankly…what did she expect, she snapped at me to be still. I know I can’t keep doing this. What do you suggest?
Sara M. – Louisiana
While some sensitivity can be normal, yours sounds more serious. I wonder if you have thin enamel or another issue. Either way, they should have addressed the sensitivity, trying to identify its cause, and not just left you to suffer. You may end up needing to switch dentists in order to get compassionate dental care, but let’s give them a chance to make things right.
Talk to the dentist about the insensitivity of your care. I know you’ve done this before, but let’s hope you just happened to catch them on a bad day last time and they’ll take you more seriously this time. When you expressed the ultra-sonic scaler (the tool used to clean your teeth with the cold water) was causing you pain, she should have stopped.
In the meantime, I recommend you switch to a toothpaste designed for patients with sensitive teeth. If that doesn’t help ask your pharmacist for some fluoride gel. Another issue that needs to be addressed is the bleeding gums. I’m concerned you’re developing gum disease. Inflammed and bleeding gums are often a symptom of that. Your dentist should have addressed that.
If that’s not addressed you could end up losing your teeth.
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