How do you tolerate dental cleanings?

I’ve had every side effect from PsA that has been documented. I suffer daily. For the last several years I’ve suffered sporadic tooth pain & sensitivity. I’ve had X-rays done & usually, nothing is wrong. Now I know to just wait it out before going to the dentist. However, I cannot tolerate a dental cleaning. Every tooth becomes hypersensitive. My hygienist is wonderful & she has done nothing differently. Does anyone else with PsA have this problem? I keep postponing my cleaning. Taking ibuprofen before my cleaning doesn’t help.


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  • cchappo
    10 months ago

    Oh my gosh! I never connected the dots! I also have been experiencing major sensitivity to actual tooth aches with my teeth. I haven’t gone to a dentist yet because I’m on Medicare and they only cover yearly cleanings. I can’t afford the cost of x-rays or any treatments. I will have to buy additional insurance to cover treatments. $40 a month is a lot for me. I guess I will have to bite the bullet and get the insurance.
    I learn something new every time I am on this site.

  • Rebecca moderator
    10 months ago

    Glad to hear you learned something new, not glad to hear you’ll have to buy additional insurance! I wonder if there are there any dental clincs around that might offer a reduced rate?

  • EINNA author
    11 months ago

    Vicki, thank you for taking the time to “answer” my question, lol. The symptoms of this disease are so far-reaching it boggles the mind. Although we don’t always receive answers or reasons, it has become the norm to merely feel relieved that someone other than yourself is experiencing the exact same symptom. You get that “Thank God I’m not going crazy & turning into a total hypochondriac” feeling. I would like to give all of us with PsA a lot of credit for in fact doing just the opposite. We often don’t discuss the many symptoms we have because we’re afraid that people are thinking “Lord, I wish she’d stop complaining”. At times I’ve grown tired of listening to myself, lol. Like you, when I have any sort of dental work at all it doesn’t stop aching for an extremely long time. I know avoiding it is not a good idea but sometimes I grow weary of yet another thing causing me pain.

  • VickiN moderator
    11 months ago

    @EINNA, I wish I had some helpful tips for you, but I’m just here to tune in because I have exactly the same thing! My teeth are so sensitive these days. I use sensitivity toothpaste and that doesn’t seem to touch it. The last few fillings I’ve had turn into deep aches. I thought it was just me. I know that we are more susceptible to periodontal disease, but it’s strange to have these symptoms that the dentist can’t seem to “pinpoint.”
    -Victoria, Community Moderator

  • imschmarte
    10 months ago

    Just reading all of these comments, was wondering if any of you have been diagnosed with Sjogren’s disease? It prevents your body from making all the saliva you need, (and tears,and other bodily fluids) thus tooth pain, mouth pain, tooth decay, etc. It wouldn’t hurt to ask your rheumatologist to be tested. I take a drug called pilocarpine that really does help teeth and mouth sores.

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