After scaling and root planning, refrain from eating for two hours or until the dental anesthetic has gone off. For the next few days, stay away from hard, “chippy” foods such as tortilla chips, potato chips, popcorn, and seeds.
Rinse your mouth two to three times each day with warm salt water to help calm the affected area. Use one teaspoon of salt for three fluid ounces. If Peridex/chlorhexidine is prescribed to you, use it as indicated.
Restart your routine of twice-day brushing and daily flossing immediately, but be gentle with the treated region. Your gum health must be maintained with good homecare and regular dental appointments, as prescribed.
Refrain from smoking for 24 to 48 hours after scaling and root planning. Tobacco will hinder the tissue healing process.
You may take a non-aspirin pain medication for any pain or tenderness. Take Ibuprofen (Advil) and/or Tylenol unless you are allergic or have medical conditions that prevent you from taking these medications.
DO NOT exceed 2400 mg (12 tablets) of ibuprofen each day!!!
DO NOT exceed 4000 mg (8 tablets) of Tylenol each day!!!
It is common to feel some chilly sensitivity. In a few weeks, any sensitivity should progressively disappear. Use desensitizing toothpaste, such as Crest Sensitivity, Colgate Sensitivity Pro-Relief, or Sensodyne, if necessary. Avoid toothpaste with “whitening” or baking soda, as this will increase the sensitivity.
If you experience prolonged pain or swelling after your treatment, contact the office immediately for instructions.
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