Deep Cleanings

Care Instructions Following a Deep Cleaning

  • While your mouth is numb, be very careful with your lips and tongue. Avoid eating very hard foods until you can feel your entire mouth. Soft foods, smoothies and milkshakes are good choices to eat until the anesthetic wears off; just make sure to brush your teeth afterwards!
  • Your gums will be sore from having the much needed therapy to remove calculus and bacteria from your teeth. Your jaw and cheeks may also possibly be sore from keeping your mouth open for an extended amount of time. For your tender gums, we recommend that you use warm salt water rinses in addition to the Peridex rinse that you should already be using (after you brush in the morning and before bed at night- swishing for 1 minute each time). To make the salt water bath for your mouth, fill an eight ounce glass with warm water and mix in 1 tsp of salt. Swish small amounts until the glass is empty; use this rinse a few times a day for the first couple of days after your procedure is completed. If you feel better, discontinue use.
  • Begin taking ibuprofen (unless you can not take this medication) 2-3 pills WITH FOOD every 6-8 hours. It is easy to remember if you think 3 pills with meals, which is 3 times a day. Do NOT take this medication on an empty stomach. Please begin taking the ibuprofen (generic for Advil and Motrin) while your mouth is still numb from the procedure. Continue taking for the next 3-4 days. This will help the inflammation in your mouth to be at a minimum and keep you comfortable.
  • Your teeth may be sensitive to cold water and foods. Understand that your tooth structure is clean and the sensitivity is normal. Fluoride rinses will help relieve the sensitivity. Your doctor may prescribe a special fluoride toothpaste to help with sensitivity as well.
  • If you have any other questions or concerns, please call us at 919-286-4481.