Care For Scaling and Root Planing


If you received anesthesia, do not eat or chew until the numbness has subsided.
Wait two hours after your procedure before eating, and eat only soft food for the first 48 hours (ideally, for 72 hours).

  • Until healing has occurred, avoid hot and spicy foods and alcohol.
  • Avoid tobacco products for at least 72 hours.
  • On the first night, brush the area lightly with a soft brush.
  • On the second day, floss lightly, and return to your normal dental care gradually over the next week.
  • Use a mouth rinse if directed, but avoid mouthwashes that contain alcohol.
  • Continue with all antibiotics for the full course even if symptoms have subsided.

For pain or discomfort:

  • Take a pain reliever before the anesthetic has worn off or as recommended.
  • Rinse mouth with warm salt water.
  • Contact our office if you experience bleeding that continues for more than three days or if you have any other concerns.

Finally, if your bite seems off or if you cannot bite normally please call the office to have your filling adjusted. Do not wait for it to wear down on its own as the tooth may become tender.

  • Your new filling does not require any additional care other than daily brushing and flossing.
  • Be sure your toothpaste contains fluoride. New filings are susceptible to developing new decay around the edges of the filling if not cared for.
  • If you have experienced recurrent decay or have had multiple recurring cavities you may want to use a fluoride rinse like Act or other fluoride containing rinses. There are also prescription strength fluoride paste and gels that our office can recommend. Please ask at your next visit or call.

Additional Instructions

For the first 24 hours you may experience some cold and heat sensitivity. Do not eat, drink, chew or consume hot foods or beverages until the numbness has worn off following anesthetic. Avoid vigorous physical exercise and foods and are extremely hot or spicy for the first 24 hours and do not consume alcoholic beverages or smoke for at least 48 hours. Some bleeding following a deep cleaning is normal, but if you experience excessive bleeding please call our office.

You can take ibuprofen or acetaminophen according to the instructions on the label or those provided by your doctor as needed. A warm salt water rinse, approximately one teaspoon in an eight ounce glass of water, three times a day can be helpful. Brush and floss gently following a deep cleaning, resume normal brushing and flossing when the soreness is gone.

Follow any other instructions provided by our office on your visit. Please take all medications as prescribed.