Post-op Instructions – Deep Cleaning

To minimize discomfort and encourage proper healing following your scaling and root planing, follow these instructions:

  • Be careful when eating or avoid eating all-together until the dental anesthetic has worn off completely.
  • Avoid strong spicy seasonings and crunchy foods such as chips, popcorn, and seeds for the next few days.
  • Refrain from smoking – success of the treatment will be substantially reduced.
  • Take a non-aspirin pain reliever every four hours for the next two days for any tenderness or discomfort. It’s ideal to take ibuprofen (Advil) or Tylenol following your deep cleaning, however, do not take these medications if you have an allergy to them or have a medical condition that prohibits use of these medications.
  • To help soothe your gums, rinse your mouth 2-3 times a day with warm salt water rinses (1/2 teaspoon salt + 8 ounces of warm water).
  •  If you were prescribed Peridex/Chlorhexidine, use as directed.
  • It is normal to experience cold sensitivity following your treatment. If needed, use a desensitizing toothpaste (such as Sensodyne) or a fluoride gel (such as Prevident or Gel-Kam) in place of your regular toothpaste. Avoid toothpastes with “whitening,” “tarter control,” or baking soda agents – these toothpastes tend to increase sensitivity.
  • Use a soft bristled toothbrush at least two times a day right away. After the first 24 hours, start flossing every night. Be gentle and clean thoroughly. Slight bleeding may occur while brushing or flossing as your gums begin to heal.
  • Faithfully use any other oral hygiene aids that have been recommended (Perio-Aid, rubber tip, Sonicare toothbrush, Proxabrush, Waterpik, etc).
  • We strongly recommend not missing your one-month re-evaluation appointment following completion of your scaling and root planing. Your re-evaluation is free of charge and is a critical step in determining the success of your treatment. We will answer questions and discuss in further detail your next steps in controlling your gum disease.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call Willow Lake Dental at (651) 294-9500.