What Should I Do After a Dental Deep Cleaning?

Dentists perform a deep cleaning procedure to reverse the effect of an underlying periodontal infection. During the dental deep cleaning procedure, your dentist will remove the plaque and tartar deposits from the visible surface of the teeth and the roots, followed by polishing to minimize the chances of future infection. 

Here is what you should do after you have undergone a deep dental cleaning:

  • Don’t Eat Until the Numbness Wears Off – The dentist will administer local anesthesia during the deep cleaning to ensure you remain comfortable and pain-free. Once you leave our office after the procedure, you might want to eat right away. However, we recommend you wait until the anesthesia wears off. Eating with a numb mouth can increase the chance that you bite your cheek or tongue.
  • Be Aware of Worsening Pain and Discomfort – After the deep cleaning, your gums may feel swollen and sore. You may also notice that your teeth have become sensitive to hot and cold foods. Don’t worry; this transient situation should disappear in a few days. 
  • Take Your Medication Regularly – Your dentist may prescribe a painkiller or anti-inflammatory medication to prevent excessive swelling and discomfort. In the case of severe infection, you may also be prescribed antibiotics to accelerate the healing process. Make sure to take all your medication according to the dentist’s instructions.  
  • Maintain Optimal Oral Hygiene – It might be difficult for you to brush your teeth for a few days after your dental deep cleaning, but you should make sure that you continue your regular oral hygiene routine, brushing at least twice a day and flossing once daily.  
  • Rinse with Salt Water – Rinsing your mouth twice or thrice daily is an excellent option for relieving inflammation after deep cleaning. 
  • Avoid Certain Foods – Since your gums become sensitive after a dental deep cleaning, you should avoid acidic foods that irritate already inflamed gums, hard or challenging foods like steaks, and foods with small pieces that may get stuck between your teeth. 

If you need a deep dental cleaning, please call our office. We offer a Free Second Opinion if you have a treatment plan from another provider. Call (773-481-2200) or schedule online.