Periodontal Treatment

The following information is important for proper healing during and after your periodontal treatment.  Please follow these instructions to get maximum results.  We suggest that you follow this order:

1. Brush at least twice daily

2. Floss once daily

3. If recommended use the Proxabrush, OralB or SoniCare toothbrush as instructed.

4. If prescribed for you, use the Peridex/Periogard rinse as instructed.

5. Return for your periodontal reevaluation on your recommended schedule.  Our goal is

     to prevent the progression of your periodontal disease and enable you to keep your

     teeth for your entire life!


Following scaling and root planing (gum therapy), your gums may still have a tendency to bleed for several weeks. As the periodontal disease is treated and the pockets heal you will notice the gums will feel tighter around the teeth and will not bleed as easily as they once did.  Good news, your periodontal disease is getting better!  


Discomfort or pain should be mild and should subside in a few hours to one day.  You may notice a slight throbbing or aching after the anesthetic wears off.  Tylenol, Advil or Aleve can be taken to reduce discomfort.  


You may notice that your teeth are sensitive to temperature changes and/or sweets. This usually diminishes after the first several days.  If the sensitivity persists, use a desensitizing toothpaste such as Sensodyne or Crest Sensitivity Protection.