SCALING AND ROOT PLANING

  • For pain or discomfort you may take over-the counter pain medication such as ibuprofen (2-200mg tabs) or Tylenol (if you have stomach.
  • Avoid eating crunchy, spicy, or hot foods for the first 24 hours after treatment.
  • Rinse with warm salt water (1 tsp. salt in 1-cup warm water) 2 to 3 times daily until your gums are no longer sore.
  • Brush gently today even if your gums are tender to help remove the plaque that has started to reform. Start flossing (1 X/ per day) the day after your treatment. Avoid toothpicks and electric tooth brushes until the next day after treatment. You may also start rinsing with Listerine mouthrinse two times a day, the day after treatment to help reduce the plaque build-up on your teeth.
  • If local antibiotics is placed under gums following scaling do not floss the area treated 3-4 days
  • You may notice as the gum tissue heals and the swelling goes away, more of the tooth’s root surface will be exposed. This is part of the normal healing process after periodontal treatment.
  • Follow all prescribed home care instructions exactly as directed. Success of treatment directly depends on excellent oral hygiene at home and regular recare visits with our hygienist.