Instructions Following Scaling & Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning procedure performed to treat gum disease. This treatment helps to prevent the progression of gum disease and promotes better oral health.

  • You may feel sensitivity to cold and heat for the first 24 hours.
  • Avoid eating hot foods or drinking hot beverages until the numbness from anesthesia fades.
  • Refrain from engaging in vigorous physical activities and eating hot or spicy foods for the first 24 hours.
  • Do not consume alcoholic beverages or smoke for at least 48 hours after your treatment.
  • Normal bleeding may occur following a deep cleaning; however, if the bleeding is excessive, please contact our office.
  • Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen as needed, following the dosage instructions on the label or those provided by your doctor.
  • To help with healing, rinse your mouth with warm salt water, about one teaspoon in an eight-ounce glass of water, three times a day.
  • Brush and floss gently after your deep cleaning, and resume normal oral hygiene routines once the soreness subsides.
  • Follow any additional instructions provided by our office during your visit.
  • Take all prescribed medications as directed.