Aftercare Steps Following a Deep Cleaning
Consistent Deep Cleaning can Save Your Smile
If there is a need for deep cleaning, you will first be given a local anesthetic. This means that your mouth or the site that receives the deep cleaning will be numb for a few hours; so, you should not eat afterwards on that site until the numbness has fully worn off. There may be a prescription strength mouthwash such as chlorhexidine/Peridex provided for you to use after the deep cleaning; that is to keep the bacterial load in your mouth to a minimum while your gums recover from the deep scaling.
Your Food Habits Make a Difference
Eat soft foods for a couple of days as your mouth heals, avoid acidic ones that can cause irritation (tomatoes and oranges), nuts or popcorn that can get stuck in the teeth, and hard-to-chew foods like burgers or steaks.
If you feel any pain after it is no longer numb, Ibuprofen, Tylenol, or Advil should be sufficient to manage it.
Remember that you can always ask to be shown, if you have not been already, the best technique for brushing or flossing or using the waterflosser.
Vitamin B-Complex and C are helpful in general in maintaining good gingival health in the mouth.
And most importantly, the home-care followed by regularly spaced cleanings by a dental professional can ensure that the results are kept up optimally.
If you have not had a cleaning in a while or had a deep cleaning but have not kept up the results, contact Soothing Dental. A dentist in San Francisco or Sunnyvale can evaluate the state of your gums and help you determine what the next steps should be in taking the best possible care of your oral cavity.