Caring For Your Gums After Treatment
After your treatment, you may experience pain for one or two days and teeth sensitivity for up to a week. Also, your gums may bleed as well as feel tender and swollen. If you are prescribed medicine, you will want to make sure to take it in order to prevent infection, control pain, and help you heal. At times, patients receive medicine directly in the cleaned pocket.
A follow-up appointment will be scheduled to see how well your gums are healing and to measure the depth of the pockets. More treatments may be needed if the pockets get deeper. In any case, it is essential that you practice good dental care at home to help keep gum disease from becoming more serious and recurring. Good dental care includes activities such as:
- brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft brush,
- cleaning between your teeth daily,
- eating a balanced diet,
- avoiding tobacco use, and
- scheduling regular dental checkups.