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Scaling or Root Planing


Chewing and Eating

  • If we used anesthetic during the procedure, avoid chewing until the numbness has worn off completely.
  • Wait at least two hours before eating, and then select a soft diet for the first 48 to 72 hours, chewing on the opposite side of your mouth.
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks and hot or spicy foods until your gums are healed.
  • Don’t use any tobacco products for at least 72 hours after the procedure because tobacco slows healing.
  • If we prescribed a medicated mouth rinse, use it as directed. Avoid mouthwashes that contain alcohol.

Medications and Discomfort

  • If antibiotics were prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all signs and symptoms of infection are gone.
  • To control discomfort, take pain medication before the anesthetic has worn off or as recommended. It’s normal to experience some discomfort for several days.
  • To further reduce discomfort or swelling, rinse your mouth very gently three times a day with warm salt water. Use about one teaspoon of salt per glass of warm water.*

Brushing and Flossing

  • Brush the treated area very lightly the first night. To make this more comfortable, first, rinse your brush under hot water to soften the bristles.
  • The next day, begin flossing the area lightly, and gradually return to normal brushing and flossing over the next week. If your teeth are sensitive to hot cold, or pressure, use desensitizing toothpaste.

When to Call Us

  • Please call our office if bleeding, sensitivity, or discomfort increases or continues beyond three or four days, or if you have any questions or concerns.

* If you suffer from high blood pressure, please consult with your physician before using a warm salt water rinse.


Dental Studio At Rosslyn
6065 Arlington Blvd

Falls Church, VA 22044
Phone: 703-495-2441
Fax: 703-807-2652

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