Home Instructions for Scaling and Root Planning

The purpose of the initial periodontal therapy that you have received is to reduce infection,lower bacterial counts, remove tartar and medicate your gum tissues. A thorough examination in 4 to 6 weeks will be performed to evaluate your periodontal status and recommendations will be made for further treatment.  Please read and follow these procedures. They will make you more comfortable and will help to prevent any possible complications.

Care of Your Mouth

Start brushing, flossing, and continue your prescribed oral hygiene regime immediately. You may have to GO EASY at first, but make every effort to keep your mouth plaque free. We recommend rinsing your mouth several times on the day of treatment.

Discomfort

Some discomfort is expected when the anesthesia wears off. Usually a couple of acetaminophen or ibuprofen will eliminate any discomfort. Sensitivity to cold or touch may temporarily occur. Removing all plaque from the tooth surfaces and bruising with a fluoride tooth paste or fluoride that we may prescribe will usually reduce or eliminate sensitivity in a day or two.

Eating

Your next meal should be soft. Avoid any hard, gritty foods such as peanuts, popcorn, chips, hard bread for at least 3-4 days. Also, it is best to avoid hot, spicy foods and alcohol for 24hrs.

Bleeding

Slight bleeding may continue for several hours following the procedure. This is not unusual and should stop. If bleeding persists beyond a few hours, please call our office.

Swelling

Very seldom does swelling occur. If it does, call our office.

Smoking

Please refrain from smoking for 24 hours or longer after scaling and root planning procedures. Tobacco use interferes with the healing.

Exercise

Avoid any aerobic activity for the rest of the day; e.g., jogging, tennis, racket ball, anything strenuous. Take it easy.