Guidelines for first 24 hrs. after Scaling and Root Planning
The following are some helpful suggestions that will increase your comfort and help you to receive the maximum benefit from periodontal treatment
- Tenderness is normal. To reduce tenderness and promote healing, rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon salt in a 4 ounce glass of water rinse-swish-spit) every four hours, for a week.
- Avoid brushing or flossing the treated area for 12 hours. However, after 12 hours it is very important that you continue to brush well. Please be careful while brushing and use a toothbrush with soft bristles. Moisten the brush with warm water if tissues are tender, prior to brushing.
- Highly nutritious food is necessary for the healing process. Avoid foods require excessive chewing, also sticky, crunchy or coarse foods.
- Tooth sensitivity is normal and temporary to hot or cold temperature, and/or sweets. This occurs as the gum tissue heals and shrinks in size . Brushing two times daily with soft toothbrush and sensitive tooth paste as mentioned by your dentist may help alleviate this over time.If sensitive continues and is severe, professional application of a desensitizing agent may be required. Avoid sour tasting food and extremely cold or hot food during this period.
- You may also gently massage the areas treated with your washed fingers. This will increase circulation and promote healing
- If you were numbed for this procedure, be careful eating or drinking while you are still numb- particularly hot foods and drinks or biting down on hard foods.
- Following scaling and root planning, you can expect to notice less redness, less bleeding and less swelling of your gum tissues. Your teeth may feel smoother, and your mouth may taste and feel better.