After Scaling and Root
Planing, or After Teeth Cleaning, or Post-Op Periodontal Therapy
care and correct dental instructions may contribute to your health
Key Benefits of Accurate
Dental Care and Instructions:
infection less likely or less severe.
Reduce local bleeding at
the time of the periodontal therapy and after.
to do After Teeth Cleaning
Slight bleeding is
natural at this stage of healing (during the first 48 hours).
Some blood will ooze from the area of
scaling for several
hours and it is normal.
Do not spit, or suck through a straw, since this will promote
When bleeding persists at
home, place a gauze pad or cold wet
teabag over the area and bite firmly for 30 minutes.
Avoid rubbing the area with your tongue.
Keep your head elevated on several pillows or sit in a lounge
chair for 12 hours.
DO NOT SMOKE for 24 hours after
periodontal therapy because this will
cause bleeding, pain and interfere with healing.
After the procedure, you may begin rinsing with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon salt in 1/2 cup [4 ounces] of warm water,
and stir until the salt dissolves)
after tooth-brushing and every 3 hours. Swish for one minute, then spit out
It is essential that you
keep the teeth as clean as possible and bacteria-free after your
visit to allow optimum healing. The root surfaces may be sensitive
to cold and touch for several days or weeks, but this sensitivity
will disappear with time and thorough home care. Brush your teeth
thoroughly, but gently.
Brush your teeth
thoroughly, but gently.
Get plenty of rest; at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night. Avoid
strenuous exercise during the first 24 hours, and keep the mouth from
excessive movement. Physical activity may increase bleeding.
Numbness will remain in
some areas for a few to several hours. Use caution when eating
until numbness is gone to avoid injuring your lip or tongue.
Drinking fluids may be difficult due to loss of feeling.
Use a liquid or soft diet high in protein. Drink a large volume of water and fruit juices.
Do not drink through a straw because this may promote
Avoid hot food for the first 24 hours after
this may promote bleeding.
Eat a soft foods or diet for the first 24 hours after
teeth scaling, chewing on the side of the mouth opposite the treated
Avoid foods that require excessive chewing (nuts,
shell-type foods, such as popcorn, or anything with small seeds).
Try to avoid extreme heat and cold, for it may cause
sensitivity to the teeth.
You can resume a normal diet
the day after scaling.
Pain and Discomfort
Some discomfort is normal after
scaling. It can be
controlled by taking the pain medication your dentist has prescribed or
Start taking your pain pills before the numbing
medication has worn off.
Take your pain pill with an
8 oz. glass of water and/or a small amount of
food to prevent nausea.