Root Planing / Scaling / Teeth Cleaning
Following a deep teeth cleaning it is important to take proper care of your oral hygiene and stay away from certain foods and products. Doing so will hasten the recovery time and reduce tooth sensitivity. Below is a list of steps that you can take after having this procedure done.
- Right after the teeth cleaning DO NOT eat anything until the anesthesia has worn off as you may accidentally bite your lip or tongue.
- If you have a stiff jaw and/or soreness after the numbness wears off, you can take over the counter Ibuprofen or Extra Strength Tylenol.
- Rinse your mouth 3 times a day for 7 days with a warm salt water solution or any mouthwash to reduce Inflammation. The solution can be made by dissolving one tablespoon of salt in 8-ounces of warm water.
- Recommended: A soft food diet such as mashed potatoes, oatmeal, soups, pasta, etc. for up to 72 hours after your deep cleaning. Avoid foods that are spicy, highly seasoned or acidic.
- Please do not smoke or use tobacco products for at least 72 hours following your Deep cleaning. (Tobacco irritates the gum tissue, delays the healing process and negates the effectiveness of the treatment)
- It is not uncommon to experience tooth sensitivity to cold after the deep cleaning procedure. Use a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth such as (Sensodyne) to relieve sensitivity. Ensuring that the treated area is as free from plaque as much as possible.