Care After Periodontal Scaling

Discomfort

Your gums may become "achy" and a couple of Tylenol or ibuprofen will eliminate much of the discomfort. Cold sensitivity is often a problem after scaling and can be reduced by using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth or by obtaining a fluoride prescription from the dentist.

Care of Your Mouth

Rinse your mouth 2-3 times per day with warm salt water. (One teaspoon salt in 8oz water.) Start home care as instructed immediately. In the beginning you may have to be gentle with your cleaning.

Eating

Your next meal should be soft. Avoid any hard "chippy" foods for the next 3-4 days.

Swelling

Very seldom does swelling or jaw stiffness occur. However if it does, place warm moist towels to the face in the area of stiffness and give us a call if the swelling increases or if you notice a gum boil on the side of your tooth.

Smoking

Smoking has a direct effect on the gum tissue. People who smoke have a higher incidence and greater severity of periodontal disease. Reducing or stopping smoking will improve your gingival health, healing ability and your health in general. Tobacco smoke is an irritant to the healing process and will delay healing.

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