Root Planning Home Care

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To minimize the discomfort and encourage proper healing following your “deep cleaning”, follow these instructions:

  • Take a mild analgesic for pain such as ibuprofen for the next 1-2 days as directed
  • Rinse with a saltwater rinse (1 tsp salt dissolved in 1 cup of water) for a minute or two several times a day
  • Avoid foods such as seeds, nuts, stringy meats, and popcorn for the first 48 hrs, which can lodge deep in your gum impeding complete healing
  • As your tissues heal, temporary cold sensitivity may occur.  You can use a desensitizing toothpaste (such as Sensodyne) for the next few weeks
  • Keep your teeth clean with 2 x a day brushing using a soft toothbrush and daily flossing regimen