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Deep Cleaning Aftercare

Post Op Instructions – Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning) 

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

  • NO EATING, DRINKING, OR RINSING FOR 1 HOUR AFTER PROCEDURE. Eat only soft foods, and avoid hot beverages until numbness wears off.

  • After the procedure, take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil). Continue to take as directed (for Tylenol, 1-2 every 4 to 6 hours, for Advil, 200-800mg every 6–8 hours) for the next two days as needed for discomfort.

  • A salt water solution (1/2 tsp salt + 8 oz. warm water) swished for 2–3 minutes every hour may make you more comfortable.

  • Use a soft toothbrush at least two times a day.  Be gentle and clean thoroughly.  Slight bleeding may occur while brushing as the tissues begin to heal.  Avoid flossing for 4–5 days.

  • Avoid strong spicy seasonings, and hard crunchy foods for the next few days.

  • Smoking should be discontinued.  Success of the treatment will be substantially reduced by the cigarette smoke chemicals in your body.

  • As the tissues heal, some temporary sensitivity to cold may occur.  Use a desensitizing toothpaste (such as Sensodyne), or fluoride gel (such as Prevident or Gel-Kam) frequently (at least 4 times/day) for 1-2 weeks.  Also, the cleaner the teeth are kept, the less sensitive they will be.

  • Faithfully use any other oral hygiene aids that have been recommended (floss, rubber tip, electric toothbrush, proxybrush, fluoride, Peridex mouthrinse, etc.).

If you have any questions or concerns, please call your hygienist at Vista Dental Care at 650-871-1430.