HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOLLOWING PERIODONTAL (GUM) TREATMENT
- Remember to take your chosen over-the-counter pain medication, as discussed. You may have also been given a prescription for a stronger pain medication. If there is still a slight bit of discomfort after using the over-the-counter medication, have the prescription filled and use it as needed and as directed.
- If you were given a prescription for antibiotics, you must take them as directed and until they are all gone so that the infection won't take over, even if the area feels fine. Remember, when you don't finish a prescription for antibiotics, you risk the chance of reinfection.
- DO maintain a soft diet for the next few days. Avoid eating crunchy, spicy, or hot foods also. Tomorrow morning start rinsing gently with warm salt water rinses every 4 hours, if your gums are sore and tender. (1/4 teaspoon of salt to 1 cup of water)
- Brush gently today even if your gums are tender to help remove the plaque that has started to reform. Always use a gentle fluoridated tartar control toothpaste.
- You don't need to floss or use any home care aids today if there is too much sensitivity. But starting tomorrow, you must do so each day to remove the bacteria that is reforming on the teeth.
- Proper brushing and flossing is also necessary to help you maintain your tissue. Follow all our home care instructions exactly as directed. Success of your treatment depends directly on the improvement of your oral hygiene. If any unusual symptoms occur, please call the office and bring the matter to our attention.
QUESTIONS - CONCERNS OR IF ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED CALL:
Dr. Bernie Reusz 5010 Fairview Ave. Ste. #4 Downers Grove, IL 60515