You can take over the counter pain medication for any discomfort you may have. Ibuprofen or Advil helps to reduce swelling.
Rinse with warm salt water if your gums are sore and tender (1 tsp. salt in 1 cup warm water). Or, if a medicated rinse has been prescribed, use it as directed.
Brush gently today even if your gums are tender to help remove the plaque that has started to reform.
You don't need to floss or use any home care aids today if there is too much sensitivity. But starting tomorrow, do so each day.
Follow all our home care instructions exactly as directed. Success of treatment depends directly on the improvement of your oral hygiene.
Drink at least 8 glasses of water today to help remove the bacteria that are present.
Avoid eating crunchy, spicy, or hot foods today, i.e.: taco chips, carrots, crispy fried chicken.
No smoking if at all possible for 4 to 6 weeks. If after a few weeks your teeth become sensitive to cold, due to less inflammation in the tissue, you may want to try a sensitive toothpaste such as Colgate or Crest Sensitive.
If you have any questions or if you experience unusual swelling, pain or bleeding, please call our office.