Periodontal Home Care Instructions
You have just been treated for periodontal disease (also known as gum disease), an infection that attacks the gums, bone, and fibers that support the teeth and hold them in the jaw. It is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults and is often painless.
Immediately following treatment, you may experience some mild pain or tenderness. We recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium. If you experience swelling, apply a cold compress, alternating 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off.
You may experience some sensitivity to hot or cold. This is temporary. Please continue to brush and floss. You may soften your toothbrush with warm water and use light pressure during the first few days if tender. Warm saltwater rinses are recommended. Dissolve 1⁄2 teaspoon of salt in 4 oz. of warm water and rinse 3–4 times a day.
Immediately after treatment and during the healing process, we recommend limiting spicy foods along with hard foods, such as popcorn, peanuts, chips, etc. These may lodge in the areas just treated.
Please refrain from smoking and the use of alcohol for at least the first 8 hours. This will allow for healing to begin.
Using Mouth Rinses
If one was prescribed for you, begin to use it immediately. Please follow the orders/directions on
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office.