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Post-Operative Instructions for Deep Cleaning

Please follow these instructions after receiving a deep cleaning (also called scaling and root planning).  Please do not hesitate to call our office should you have any questions about your treatment.

  1. Please wait until your anesthetic has worn off before eating.
  2. If you are experiencing pain you may take up to 800 mg (4 tablets) of Advil (ibuprofen).  You may take this dosage every 8 hrs as needed with food or milk.
  3. Use prescribed medications, such as chlorhexidine gluconate or Periomed, as recommended.  Should you desire additional rinsing, mix ½ cup of water with 1 tablespoon of salt before using medications.
  4. Do not floss the area treated tonight.  Please start your required flossing routine the following evening.
  5. Brush the treated area lightly as it may be tender or bleed for a day or two after treatment.
  6. You may notice some blood on your pillow tomorrow morning.  If this persists for several nights please notify us.

Want to learn more? See Deep Cleaning.