What Should I Do After Deep Dental Cleaning?

A deep cleaning procedure is performed by dentists to reverse the effect of an underlying periodontal infection. During the 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. 

After a deep cleaning procedure, you must look after your oral health to ensure optimal healing. Here’s what you should after you have undergone deep dental cleaning:

  • Don’t Eat Until the Numbness Wears Off – your dentist will administer local anesthesia during deep cleaning to ensure that you remain comfortable and pain-free. Once you leave your dentist’s office after the procedure, you might be tempted to have a good breakfast right away. However, it is not advisable to do so until the anesthesia wears off! This is because if you eat with your mouth numb, you might accidentally injure your cheeks or lips without even knowing. 
  • Be Aware of Worsening Pain and discomfort – after deep cleaning, you may feel that your gums have become swollen and tender. You may also notice that your teeth have become sensitive to hot and cold foods. Don’t worry; this is a transient situation; it should go away 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 you take medication regularly and timely.  
  • Maintain Optimal Oral Hygiene – it might be difficult for you to brush your teeth for a few days after deep cleaning, but you should make sure that you continue with your regular oral hygiene routine, brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and use very gentle forces to clean your teeth. 
  • Rinse with Salt Water – rinsing your mouth with salt water two or three times each day is an excellent option for relieving inflammation after deep cleaning. 
  • Avoid Certain Foods – since your gums become sensitive after a deep cleaning procedure, you should avoid certain foods: 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. 

Deep dental cleaning becomes necessary when the gums and teeth have been extensively damaged. However, this situation can be easily prevented – by maintaining optimal oral hygiene and visiting your dentist for regular checkups.

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