Scaling and Root Planing Post-Procedural Instructions

This article serves as a detailed guide for patients of Smile Science Dental Spa who have undergone scaling and root planing procedures. Our team is committed to ensuring that you have all the necessary information to recover smoothly and maintain optimal oral health.


Immediate Post-Procedure Care

  • Bleeding: Some slight bleeding is normal for a few hours after the procedure. If bleeding persists, apply gentle pressure with a moist gauze pad or a tea bag for 20 minutes.
  • Swelling: Swelling is a natural response to the procedure. To minimize it, apply an ice pack to the affected area for 10 minutes at a time during the first 24 hours.

Pain Management

  • Discomfort: It is normal to experience some discomfort after the anesthesia wears off. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be taken according to the label’s instructions.
  • Sensitivity: Your teeth may be sensitive to temperature changes and/or sweets. This sensitivity typically decreases within several weeks after treatment.

Oral Hygiene

  • Brushing: Brush your teeth gently but thoroughly. Initially, you may want to use a soft-bristled toothbrush or an electric toothbrush with a gentle setting.
  • Flossing: Wait for 24 hours before flossing again. When you do resume, be gentle and careful not to disturb the treated areas.
  • Rinsing: Use a warm salt water rinse (1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day to soothe your gums and aid in the healing process.

Eating and Drinking

  • Diet: Stick to a soft diet for the first couple of days. Avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that may irritate your gums.
  • Hydration: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, but avoid alcohol and carbonated beverages until your gums have healed.


Rest: Limit physical activity for the first 24 hours following your procedure to reduce bleeding and aid in the healing process.

Follow-Up Care

  • Appointments: Keep all follow-up appointments so that your dentist can monitor your healing and the success of your treatment.
  • Maintenance: After scaling and root planing, regular dental cleanings are essential. Discuss with your dentist the appropriate frequency for these maintenance visits.

Potential Complications

  • Infection: Watch for signs of infection, such as increased pain, swelling, or a bad taste in the mouth that does not go away with rinsing.
  • Allergies: If you experience a rash, itching, or swelling, especially if it affects breathing, seek medical attention immediately as this may indicate an allergic reaction.

Recovery from scaling and root planing is usually straightforward. It’s important to follow these guidelines closely and contact your dental team at Smile Science Dental Spa with any concerns.

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