Are your teeth sensitive after cleaning?

If your teeth are sensitive after cleaning, this article will help you whether this tooth sensitivity occurs at home, or after a visit to the dentist.

Sensitive teeth after cleaning by the dentist

Some people experience sensitive teeth pain after dental cleaning treatments. This sensitivity pain would normally only last for a couple of days and, your teeth and gums will be healthier than before. But if you experience sensitive teeth pain after a cleaning treatment, and it continues longer than a couple of days, Colgate can offer the following help and advice.


Deep cleaning

When dental plaque calcifies on your teeth forming tartar or calculus, scaling and cleaning is the only way to remove it. Tartar appears on or near the gumline, and a dentist or dental hygienist removes it with special tools through a process called scaling. The dental practitioner may also perform root planing or deep cleaning, if required, which involves the use of tools between the gums and tooth roots to remove plaque and tartar on the root surfaces.


What happens next

There may be some minor discomfort after scaling and cleaning at the dental clinic. Scaling will expose areas of the teeth that were previously covered with tartar. Where the gums have receded from the teeth, removing tartar exposes the tooth roots, and in some people, there may be some sensitivity pain resulting from this process which takes a day or two to resolve. These areas aren't covered in enamel, so they're more sensitive than the rest of the tooth.


Sensitive teeth

Uncomfortable and sensitive teeth after cleaning should last no more than a week. General discomfort due to dental cleaning, however, disappears in one or two days for most patients. Tooth sensitivity pain is simply harder to avoid on a daily basis – especially when eating or drinking hot or cold foods, biting down and brushing – but it shouldn't be a problem for more than a week.


Caring for deep-cleaned teeth

Taking good care of your teeth after a deep cleaning treatment helps your gums heal. Wait a day before flossing, and brush your teeth carefully with a soft-bristled toothbrush while your gums are still sore. Use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth to help repair and prevent tooth sensitivity pain. If your teeth are sensitive a week or two after treatment, or you have other concerns, contact your dentist for a follow-up visit. He or she can check that your gums are healing well.

Sensitive teeth after cleaning aren't an immediate concern; you can help reduce the pain and discomfort of sensitivity at home with a specialist toothpaste. If your symptoms last longer than a few weeks, you should contact your dentist.


Pain after cleaning your teeth at home: Possible causes

Do you have pain after cleaning your teeth? Pain from brushing and flossing may be a sign that there is something wrong with your oral health or with your brushing habits. If you experience any discomfort, then talk to your dental practitioner. Noticing warning signs of oral health issues early and acting upon them quickly is the way to limit the extent of the problem, but to keep your teeth and gums in excellent condition be sure to visit your dental professional for regular checkups.


Tooth sensitivity pain

Daily brushing and flossing is essential for keeping your smile healthy. If you have sensitive teeth, then you may notice tooth pain during cleaning or from the stimulation by hot or cold foods. Tooth sensitivity pain can be caused by problems such as tooth decay, cracks in teeth or fillings or from receded gums, so it is best to check with your dentist. Your dentist can check your teeth and gums for signs of oral health problems. If you have tooth sensitivity pain, your dentist may recommend a treatment for tooth sensitivity. One solution could be a special desensitising toothpaste.


The wrong toothbrush

If you notice pain and discomfort after brushing with a hard-bristled brush, then it may be time to get a new toothbrush. Most dentists recommend a soft-bristled brush to keep teeth clean. Good brushing technique with a soft brush can help to remove plaque and keep your teeth and gums healthy. Brush for two minutes using short, gentle strokes. Pay attention to the gum line and all the surfaces of your teeth, including the outside, inside, and chewing surfaces of those hard-to-reach back teeth. 

Brush twice a day and floss daily to help prevent dental problems. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a thorough brushing technique to remove plaque. If you do notice pain, discomfort, or bleeding, then be sure to see your dental professional.

How does Pro-Argin® Technology work?

Pro-Argin® Technology is designed to provide instant and lasting relief for dentine hypersensitivity.

Schematic illustration of Pro-Argin® mode of action.
For instant relief, apply directly to each sensitive tooth with fingertip and gently massage for 1 minute. For lasting relief, apply to a gentle toothbrush making sure to brush all sensitive areas, brush twice daily.


Pro-Argin® Technology


This page/article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment. Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional.

For instant relief, apply directly to sensitive tooth with fingertip for one minute. For lasting relief, brush twice daily.
†Repairs with twice daily brushing to block the channels leading to sensitive teeth.