Patient Instructions: After a Root Debridement

These instructions will increase your comfort and help you to receive the maximum benefit from today’s periodontal treatment. Tenderness: Tenderness is normal. To promote healing and reduce tenderness, rinse with warm salt water every two to three hours,  Sal water= ½ teaspoon salt in a four ounce glass of water. Brushing and Flossing:
  • Avoid brushing or flossing the treated area for the next twelve hours.
  • After the initial twelve hours, is is important that you brush well.
  • Use a tooth brush with soft bristles. Brush carefully.
  • Moisten the tooth brush with warm water to help tender mouth tissues.
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Advil) can be used as directed, for discomfort.
  • Tooth sensitivity is temporary and quite normal.
  • You may use desensitizing toothpaste.
  • You may also gently massage the sensitive areas with your clean fingers.
  • Massage will increase circulation and promote healing.
Foods: Highly nutritious food will help the healing process. Avoid sticky, crunchy, coarse foods, or foods that require excessive chewing.
After a Root Debridement was last modified: November 25th, 2014 by Lisa Carr