Hygiene Therapy Aftercare
AFTER MY HYGIENE THERAPY
Your gums might be tender after a Hygiene Therapy appointment. This may occur when a large amount calculus/tartar needed to be removed from your teeth. We recommend rinsing with salt water (dissolving 1 tsp of salt in an 8 oz. glass of water) 2-3 times a day for a few days, until the gums feel better. An antibacterial mouth rinse may be used. If the antibacterial mouth rinse creates a burning sensation, use salt the water rinse instead.
BRUSHING AND FLOSSING
Brushing and flossing need to be continued diligently after a dental cleaning Hygiene Therapy appointment to promote fast and better healing. In tender areas, be very gentle for a few days until the gums feel comfortable. A Q-tip may be used to clean along the gums, in especially tender areas, until some healing has taken place. Return to your toothbrush as soon as the tenderness subsides.
EXPOSED ROOT SURFACES
Usually, exclusively using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth until the tube is finished, is long enough to take care of the sensitivity. For better desensitization of a few teeth that might be particularly sensitive, cover the tooth root with toothpaste for sensitive teeth just before going to sleep. This may hasten the desensitization of the teeth since it allows the toothpaste to soak into the tooth over a longer period of time.
FOR YOUR NEXT VISIT
If your gums were very tender or your teeth were very sensitive, tell the hygienist at your next cleaning appointment. This feedback is helpful to make your next cleaning appointment more comfortable.