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Why Are My Gums Sore After Teeth Cleaning?

Posted by AllSmiles

My teeth were cleaned yesterday, and my gums are sore. I had not been to the dentist in 5 years. Is this normal? The dentist wants me to return every three months, but I don’t want to return that soon if I can expect soreness every time. I’m not blaming the hygienist because she was kind and gentle. It’s just the discomfort after the cleaning that I want to avoid. Thanks. Luke


We commend you for getting your teeth cleaned after not seeing a dentist for years.

Why Are Your Gums Sore After Dental Cleaning?

When you get your teeth cleaned for the first time in many years, plaque and tartar buildup take time and effort to remove. Your dental hygienist removed the buildup from your gumline—maybe even beneath the gumline, so your gums are sore, and your teeth may be sensitive. Or you may have unusually sensitive gums, and dental cleanings can cause soreness. The soreness should gradually go away in a few days.

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Ask about dental sedation to relax your during teeth cleaning appointments

Depending on the condition of your teeth and gums, your dentist may ask you to schedule more frequent cleaning appointments. Getting teeth cleaned with the frequency your dentist recommends is essential. The cleanings will prevent you from getting gum disease or help control it. As your gums and teeth get cleaned regularly, you should experience less sensitivity.

What Can You Do to Improve Gum Soreness?

Establish a routine of flossing daily and brushing twice daily. Your efforts will minimize plaque and tartar buildup, making future dental cleaning more comfortable.

Dental anxiety causes millions of Americans to delay or cancel dental visits. So, if you are anxious about your next appointment, talk with your dentist to determine whether you can benefit from sedation. Your dentist will explain each sedation level and which is appropriate for increasing your comfort during teeth cleaning appointments.

Chandler, Arizona, dentists Dr. William Walden and Dr. Tyrel Beavers sponsor this post.

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