After a dental cleaning, the most common symptom experienced is gum sensitivity or tenderness. To reduce this sensation, you can rinse your mouth out with warm salt water (one teaspoon of salt in an eight-ounce glass of warm water). Brushing and flossing may be uncomfortable for a few days, and you may even notice some bleeding from your gums. Do not stop brushing and flossing. Gentle home cleaning of your teeth and gums is the best treatment you can give your mouth at this time. Bleeding and soreness will gradually diminish over time.
Scaling and Root Planing
After scaling and root planing, or the “deep cleaning,” it is best to rinse your mouth out two to three times a day with warm salt water. Use one teaspoon of salt in an eight-ounce glass of warm water. You should resume brushing and flossing immediately, but be gentle with the treated areas as your gums may be sore. If you feel discomfort in the gum tissue where you had treatment, you may take Advil or Tylenol to relieve the discomfort. The treated areas may also be sensitive to hot and cold.
While the treated area begins to heal, you should avoid hard and chewy foods for 48 to 72 hours. If you experience any swelling, you can use ice or a cold compress. If you feel jaw stiffness, you can use a hot moist compress, like a hot washcloth. Smoking should be terminated for at least 48 to 72 hours following the treatment. If pain or swelling persists, call our office.