Re: First visit to dentist in years, sore mouth
Saline is supposed to be good.
Anyway don't feel guilty for not going to the dentist for 10 years. You do more good to yourself by not going there, as long as you eat healthy natural food and clean your teeth well.
Since you just got the professional cleaning, in order to not have to get it any more i strongly recommend you buy the disclosing tablets and use them every 3-4-5 days to dye any remaining plaque which needs to be removed.
You might also want to use dental tape or an oral irrigator if your gum is inflamed (good example - if your gum bled during and after the cleaning).