Deep Cleaning Instructions
Irritation to the gum tissue can occur from dental work. Rinsing your mouth 2-3 times per day with ½ tsp of warm saltwater can help to alleviate discomfort. Injection sites can be sore for several days after your appointment. Over the counter pain medications work well to alleviate the tenderness. You may encounter some bleeding while brushing & flossing. It is important to continue gentle brushing with a soft toothbrush & flossing even if bleeding occurs. As healing progresses, the bleeding will gradually reduce or disappear.
After removal of plaque and tartar buildup, it is common to have spaces between your teeth and gum tissue. Some spaces may appear as “black triangles” near the gum area, whereas other spaces may separate the teeth. Flossing and brushing regularly will keep the spaces from building up with plaque and tarter.
Normal healing results in some tissue tightening and shrinkage which may expose more tooth structure leading to sensitivity to cold, hot or sweets. This is a common side effect and usually diminishes with time.
Continue to brush and floss to remove plaque bacteria that produces acids which contributes to tooth sensitivity. Brushing with a “sensitivity toothpaste” will help alleviate the sensitivity over a 2-4 week time frame. If the sensitivity lasts longer, contact the office and special fluoride rinses or toothpastes may be prescribed.
After your deep cleaning, your dental hygienist will recommend a time frame to come back to the office for subsequent periodontal cleanings, called periodontal maintenance, and reevaluation of the pocketing. These cleanings are usually performed 3-4 times per year and are important to prevent reinfection and possible tooth loss.
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