Deep Cleaning Post-Treatment Suggestions

Here are some suggestions after treatment with deep cleaning or scaling and root plaining.

This therapy is designed to clean your oral tissues of bacterial toxins and debris. This will start the process toward gum and tissue healing. Our goal is to make your gums and supporting structures a stable foundation to complete your dental treatment and maintain your teeth.

Upon dismissal from our office – you may notice slight ‘oozing’ from the gums. This will decrease rapidly.

Some sensitivity to certain foods may be expected following your appointment(s) including:

    extreme hot and cold
    spicy foods
    acidic foods (citrus; as an example)

Over the next few days and weeks, as your teeth and gums become healthier, the gum tissue will actually shrink. More tooth may be exposed. Increased sensitivity can occur with these teeth – which is transient in nature. The best way to decrease this sensitivity is to keep the area as clean as possible by brushing, flossing and rinsing; as directed with fluoride containing products.

How do I take care during therapy?
Every person is different. Thus, all post operative instructions are customized for you by our dental team. However, basic rules do apply:

    Mouthwash that is Alcohol Free or Prescription rinses to begin 24 – 48 hours after therapy

Salt Water rinses (1 tsp. salt and 1 cup warm water) 3 times per day – for 30 to 60 seconds
Peroxide water rinses to assist with impacted debris (1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide 3% and 1/2 cup warm water)

Pain Medication?
In a vast majority of cases pain medication is not necessary. Should medications for sensitivity be needed over the counter anti-inflammatory formulations work very well. These include:

    Advil (Ibuprophen)
    Aleve (Naprosyn Sodium)

An excellent method to reduce sensitivity post operatively is to take one of these medications one hour before your next appointment.

Please remember, the success of your deep cleaning therapy is a team effort. Your commitment to proper care is essential for success!

Instructional Videos:
Post-op Instructions for Scaling and Root Planing