Following a deep cleaning, you can expect to notice less redness, less bleeding, less swelling of gum tissue, and less sensitivity. Discomfort or pain may be experienced and should subside in a few hours. Teeth and gum tissue may be sensitive to temperature and/or sweets. Some bleeding may occur during brushing and should steadily decrease.
If a local anesthetic was used, avoid chewing food until feeling returns to avoid injury to the tongue and cheeks. We recommend taking Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil or Aleve) if discomfort persists. Rinsing with warm salt water will help with swelling. If teeth sensitivity persists, use toothpaste containing potassium nitrate (ie. Sensodyne or ProEnamel).
If gum tissues are tender, brush your teeth gently and thoroughly. Efficient oral hygiene techniques are essential in the healing and improvement of the gums. Mouth rinsing is recommended (an antimicrobial rinse or warm salt water rinse).
If symptoms are severe or persistent, please call our office immediately.