Post Care Instructions

Deep Cleanings

  • While your mouth is numb, be very careful with your lips and tongue. Avoid eating hard or crunchy foods until all numbness has subsided. We recommend soft foods and smoothies until the anesthetic wears off; just make sure to brush your teeth afterwards!

  • Your gums, cheeks, and jaw may be sore following treatment. In addition to the chlorhexidine rinse you may already be using, rinse your mouth with warm salt water if your gums are tender. 

    • Fill an 8 oz glass with warm water and mix in 1 tsp of salt. Swish small amounts until the glass is empty; repeat several times a day for the first couple of days following your visit. Discontinue once symptoms subside. 

  • For pain and inflammation, take 400-600 mg of ibuprofen every 6-8 hours with food. DO NOT take this medication on an empty stomach. Begin taking the ibuprofen while you are still numb from the procedure and continue to take it for 3-4 days following your visit.​

  • It is normal to experience mild sensitivity to cold food and drink in the first few days and weeks following treatment. Prescription fluoride toothpaste and rinses will help relieve the sensitivity. 

  • Call us at 919-286-4481 with any other questions or concerns!