Flossing After a Non- Surgical Treatment (Deep Cleaning)

A deep cleaning is one of the most common periodontal procedures done in our practice.  It is the simple term to describe the dental terminology known as “scaling and root planing”. This is indicated if the pocket depths between the teeth and the gums measure greater than 4 millimeters.  It is also recommended when there is plaque and build-up accumulation below the gum line that may have led to deep pocketing causing inflammation creating bleeding in the gums. This treatment can greatly improve the periodontal conditions of patients but dental home care is of equal important as the procedure itself.  So what about flossing and brushing after a deep cleaning?

Oral Care After a Deep Cleaning

After a deep cleaning when the bacteria in the pockets has been removed, it is important to keep up your oral hygiene routine, but read on. There will be swelling which may reach its maximum at 48 or 72 hours after treatment. For that reason, it is best to wait approximately 24 hours before flossing, but you can carefully brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush even if your teeth and gums are feeling sore. You should also rinse your mouth with warm salt water 5 or 6 times a day (after meals and at bedtime) for the day following your deep cleaning.

Eating After a Deep Cleaning

After a deep cleaning you should not eat any food that you need to chew until your anesthesia wears off, which is approximately for 2 hours after treatment. There is a danger of biting your lips, cheek, or tongue until your mouth has normal sensation again. You can take an over-the counter ibuprofen every 4 to 6 hours for the next 3 to 5 days. Follow the instructions on the medication that you select.

Final Thoughts

It’s also normal to experience sensitivity to cold foods and liquids following periodontal treatment, which can last 2-6 weeks. Using an over the counter Sensodyne toothpaste twice a day will greatly reduce this sensitivity. Deep cleanings are often necessary to treat periodontal disease. At Periodontal Health Center, we always put your comfort and experience first and will be sure to thoroughly explain the procedure and care instructions to our patients.