Home Care Instructions Following Periodontal Treatment
- 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.