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Navigating the Aftercare of Scaling and Root Planing

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Undergoing a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, is a crucial step in treating gum disease and restoring oral health. At Elegant Smiles in Atlanta, we understand that knowing what to expect after the procedure can significantly ease any concerns and promote effective healing. This guide provides practical tips to help you navigate the recovery process smoothly and ensure the best possible outcome.

Post-Procedure Care: Essential Steps to Follow After a Deep Cleaning

  • Rinse with a Saltwater Solution: A gentle rinse with a saltwater solution (1/2 teaspoon salt + 1/2 teaspoon soda in 8 ounces of warm water) every hour for 2 to 3 minutes can soothe your gums and aid in healing. This simple yet effective remedy helps in reducing discomfort and inflammation.
  • Gentle Brushing with a Soft Toothbrush: Brush your teeth gently but thoroughly at least twice a day using a soft toothbrush. It’s normal to experience slight bleeding during brushing as your tissues begin to heal. Consistent, gentle brushing aids in the recovery process.
  • Avoid Certain Foods: For the next few days, steer clear of foods with strong, spicy seasonings and those that are crunchy or hard. These can irritate your healing gums and disrupt the recovery process.
  • Refrain from Smoking: It is crucial to avoid smoking for at least 24-48 hours after the procedure. The chemicals in smoke can hinder the success of the treatment and delay healing.
  • Managing Sensitivity: Post-procedure sensitivity, especially to cold, is common. Using a desensitizing toothpaste like Sensodyne® or a fluoride gel such as Prevident® or Gel-Kam® frequently (at least 4 times a day) for 1 to 2 weeks can help. Remember, the cleaner your teeth are kept, the less sensitive they will become.
  • Use Recommended Oral Hygiene Aids: Incorporate any additional oral hygiene aids that have been recommended, such as dental floss, Perio-Aid®, rubber tip stimulators, Sonicare®, Proxabrush®, Gel-Kam® fluoride, or Peridex® mouthrinse, into your daily routine.
  • Pain Management: If advised by your dentist, take pain medications to manage any discomfort following the procedure. Over-the-counter pain relievers are usually sufficient to alleviate mild pain.
  • Stay in Touch: If you have any questions or concerns during your recovery, don’t hesitate to contact us at Elegant Smiles. We are here to support you through your healing journey.

Your Path to Healthier Gums and Teeth

The success of scaling and root planing depends significantly on the care you take post-procedure. By following these guidelines, you can ensure a smoother recovery and better oral health outcomes. At Elegant Smiles in Atlanta, we are committed to providing comprehensive care and guidance throughout your treatment and recovery process. Remember, your dedication to proper aftercare is a vital part of maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile.

Posted on behalf of Elegant Smiles

2882 N. Druid Hills Rd Suite A
Atlanta, GA 30329

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