Going in for regular dental cleaning when necessary is essential for maintaining oral health. A dental appointment can be a pleasant and comfortable experience if you do things right. 

The following are six things you shouldn't do that could potentially make dental appointments less comfortable. 

Neglect to brush before you go in for your appointment

On the day of your appointment, you need to be especially careful to keep your teeth clean. Make sure that you don't eat right before your appointment. Also, make sure you've brushed your teeth thoroughly between the last time you've eaten and the beginning of your appointment.

If you show up with your teeth already fairly clean, your appointment will be shorter and your cleaning might not need to be as intense. 

Slack on your oral hygiene practices

Brushing and flossing every day is important if you want to prevent tartar buildup and tooth decay. If your dentist has to make up for poor oral hygiene during your cleanings, your appointments will take longer and may be more uncomfortable. 

Be too shy to speak up about concerns

It's important that you express yourself during your dental appointment. If you are feeling uncomfortable and need a break, you need to tell your dentist. Your dentist will listen to your concerns and adapt cleanings and treatment to your comfort level. 

Show up late and stressed out

The more relaxed you are during your appointment, the more comfortable you're likely to be. Come into your appointment on time and take a deep breath when you arrive. Be patient throughout your appointment and consider distracting yourself by listening to music. 

Be unaware of the benefits of sedation dentistry

If you have an especially sensitive mouth and you experience discomfort during dental cleanings, you might want to consider sedation dentistry. Your dentist will use some form of sedation or numbing to reduce any sensation of discomfort while you're undergoing a cleaning or dental treatment.  

Wait a long time between appointments

The longer you wait between dental cleanings, the more tartar there is likely to be on your teeth that your dentist will need to remove. 

You should schedule your cleanings as often as your dentist recommends. This will both prevent dental problems and keep your teeth cleaner over time. You're more likely to experience discomfort and issues like bleeding gums during a dental cleaning if you're not getting treatment often enough.