Home Care Following Treatment for Periodontal Disease:
Discomfort: the greatest amount of discomfort is in the first six hours after the treatment. You can take Motrin or Advil with a recommended dosage of 800 mg every 3-4 hours. If you are on a salt restricted diet, you may use the following: warm salt water rinses, using one teaspoon of salt to eight ounces of water for the remainder of the day.
Tooth Sensitivity: your tooth may be sensitive to temperature changes. The sensitivity may br noticeable the first several days. The sensitivity should get better as the gum tissue heals. If the sensitivity persists you can use desensitizing toothpaste. A home fluoride may also be recommended.
Bleeding: Some bleeding may occur during the first few brushings. The bleeding should decrease after two to three days. Keep up oral hygiene during this time. If the bacterial plaque is not disrupted daily, by flossing and brushing, the disease will not become controlled and you will continue to see bleeding.
Diet and eating: Eat soft, bland diet for the first day to avoid trauma to the gum tissue. Chewing hard foods such as meat or raw vegetables may be uncomfortable to eat. If a local anesthetic was used then avoid chewing food until the feeling returns.
Oral Hygiene: We can’t control the responses of your immune system so the success of you treatment of periodontal disease depends on the daily mechanical removal of bacteria plaque. Flossing, brushing and the use of the recommended home care implements are essential to help maintain, heal and prevent the progression of periodontal disease. It is important that you use the home care implements as instructed. Your oral hygiene success is up to you!
If you have and questions, please feel free to contact our Hygenists or office at (480) 988- 2282!