After Deep Cleaning

When an anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off. It is very easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while you are numb.

It is not uncommon to experience some hot and cold sensitivity after your appointment. Deep Cleaning removes harmful deposits from the root surfaces of your teeth to promote gum and bone healing and stop the progression of gum and bone disease. After deep cleaning, the root surfaces will be exposed to the oral environment which causes the temporary temperature sensitivity. Using an anti-sensitive toothpaste or gel will speed up the healing.

Your gums may also be sore or swollen after deep cleaning. If the tissue is uncomfortable, rinse with warm saltwater several times a day (1 tsp. salt to 8 oz. warm water). Ibuprofen (Motrin), Tylenol (one tablet every 3-4 hours as needed for pain) work well to alleviate the tenderness. You can also use whatever you normally take for aches and pains. Brush and floss gently as much you can manage for the first 3-4 days to avoid aggravating tender gum areas. Also avoid hard food (nuts, popcorn) or food with seeds (strawberries) for the first 3-4 days; they can be pushed under your gums and can be uncomfortable.

Any tenderness you’re experiencing should subside with a few days . If gum soreness or swelling persists, call our office immediately at Davis Office Phone Number 530-756-7400. Your comfort and care is our top priority.