Post-Op Instructions: Dental Scaling & Planing

Cosmetic and family dentist in Woodbury, NY

After a scaling or planing procedure, patients may experience a certain amount of pain or aching. We’ve put together some tips on how to manage your post-op dental scaling and/or planing pain.

  • Do not brush your teeth for the first 24 hours after treatment. After the first 24 hours you can then brush your teeth very gently with a very soft brush. After the first week, you can return to your normal brushing routine.
  • Wait at least two hours before eating, and then only eat soft foods for 48 to 72 hours. In order to avoid any further dental scaling or planing pain, try to chew on the opposite side of where the work was done.
  • If your gums are very sensitive, switch to Sensodyne™ or another toothpaste formulated for tooth sensitivity.
  • Avoid using any mouth rinse that contains alcohol.
  • If you were prescribed antibiotics, it is important to take them all, even if you are feeling better.
  • It is perfectly normal to have some discomfort during the first few days; over the counter pain relievers are very helpful during this time and are encouraged to help you manage the dental scaling and planing pain.
  • Rinsing your mouth with salt water 2-3 times per day will also help reduce swelling or discomfort.
  • If anesthesia was used during your treatment, avoid chewing until the numbness is gone.
  • Avoid consuming hot or cold drinks, spicy foods and alcohol until your gums have healed.
  • Additionally, tobacco has been found to slow down the healing process after periodontal scaling or planing procedures; try not to smoke for at least 72 hours after the procedure.

Should you happen to experience abnormal bleeding, sensitivity, or unmanageable scaling or planing pain beyond the first 72 hours, it is important to call the office to ensure that there are no other issues. You can reach us at 516-921-8010. We welcome all questions and concerns and look forward to helping you have a speedy recovery.


Woodbury Dentist

800 Woodbury Rd Suite D, Woodbury, NY 11797
(516) 921-8010


Mon-Tues-Wed, Friday: 8 am – 5 pm
Sat: 8 am – 3 pm
Closed Thursday - Dr. Herman teaches at North Shore University Hospital/ Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Available 24 hours a day for emergencies

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