Scaling and Root Planing


  • Avoid eating anything until the numbness has worn off completely.
  • Avoid any hard foods that can leave small particles that may get caught underneath the gum tissue such as potato or tortilla chips, nuts, seeds, popcorn, etc.
  • Resume your home care regimen immediately.  Be sure to incorporate any suggestions your hygienist made during your visit.
  • To help soothe the area, rinse your mouth 2-3 times per day with warm salt water rinses.  Use one teaspoon of salt for an 8 oz glass of water.
  • Take non-aspirin pain reliever for discomfort.  Take Advil or Tylenol (whatever you would take for a headache) unless you are allergic or have a medical condition that does not allow this kind of medication.
  • Smoking slows healing.  Please refrain from smoking for 24-48 hours after your visit.
  • Swelling or persistent discomfort should be reported to our office.

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