Congratulations on taking an important step towards improving your oral health by undergoing a deep cleaning procedure. To ensure a smooth and speedy recovery, please follow these post-operative instructions carefully. Remember, we are here to support you throughout your healing process.

1. Bleeding: Minor bleeding is normal for a few hours following the procedure. If bleeding occurs, apply gentle pressure with a clean gauze or a tea bag for about 20-30 minutes. If bleeding persists beyond this time, please contact our dental office immediately.

2. Pain Management: It is normal to experience some discomfort after the anesthesia wears off. The pain usually subsides within the next 12-72 hours. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can be taken as directed on the package to manage any discomfort. If you have been prescribed pain medication, take as directed.

3. Swelling: Some swelling may occur. To minimize swelling, you can apply an ice pack to the outside of your face in the treated area for 10 minutes on, followed by 20 minutes off. Repeat this cycle as needed during the first 24 hours after your procedure.

4. Eating: Stick to soft, nutritious foods for the first few days after your procedure. Avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that may irritate the treated areas. It’s important to stay hydrated, but use a straw to minimize contact with the sensitive areas.

5. Oral Hygiene: Do not brush or floss the treated areas for the first 24 hours after your procedure. After 24 hours, you may gently brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Be gentle around the gum line to avoid irritation. After 48 hours, you may begin flossing gently. If recommended with a special mouth rinse, please use as directed to help keep the area clean without irritating it.

6. Smoking and Alcohol: Smoking should be avoided for at least 24 hours after your procedure, as it can significantly slow the healing process. Similarly, avoid alcohol for at least 24-48 hours.

7. Activity: Avoid strenuous physical activities for the first 24 hours after your procedure. Resting will help speed up the healing process.

8. Follow-Up Care: It is important to attend any scheduled follow-up appointments so we can monitor your healing process and address any concerns you may have.

9. Contact Us: If you experience severe pain, heavy bleeding, or swelling that increases after 2-3 days, please contact our dental office immediately. Additionally, should you have any questions or concerns during your recovery, do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Your oral health is our top priority, and we are committed to ensuring your comfort and well-being throughout your recovery. Remember, maintaining good oral hygiene practices and following these post-operative instructions are crucial for a successful healing process and the long-term health of your gums and teeth.