Scaling and Root Planing Info


Congratulations on your investment in your good health! These are some helpful suggestions that will increase your comfort and help you receive the maximum benefit from periodontal treatment.

Tenderness is normal. To reduce tenderness and promote healing, every two to three hours, rinse with warm salt water: 1/2 teaspoon salt in a 4 ounce glass of water.

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 brushing and use a toothbrush with soft bristles. You may moisten the brush with warm water if tissues are tender.

Tylenol or Ibuprofen may be used as recommended for discomfort.

Highly nutritious food is necessary for the healing process. Avoid foods that require excessive chewing and sticky, crunchy or coarse foods for approximately one week. Vitamin C is great for healing and new collagen.

Tooth sensitivity is normal and temporary. You may use desensitizing toothpaste such as Sensodyne or a sensitive version of any major brand for sensitivity relief.

You may also gently massage the areas treated with your washed fingers. This will increase circulation and promote healing.

Lastly, please contact our office should you experience prolonged bleeding or any other problems during the healing process at 301.620.1692.