Proper Home Care Following Periodontal Therapy

Just had periodontal therapy?

  • Tenderness is normal. To reduce tenderness and promote healing, rinse with warm salt water ( ½ teaspoon salt to a 4 ounce glass of warm water) 3-4 times per day for three days.
  • Ibuprofen (Advil or Nuprin) or Tylenol may be used as directed on the bottle for discomfort.
  • Tooth sensitivity is normal and temporary. You may use a desensitizing toothpaste, such as Sensodyne, for sensitivity relief.
  • You may also gently massage your gums. This will increase circulation and promote healing.
  • Brush the gum line gently, as you’ve been shown, with a soft toothbrush at least two times daily. You may notice bleeding of the gums as you brush and floss. This symptom should gradually diminish in about a week.
  • Floss, as you’ve been shown, at least once daily.
  • Regular periodontal maintenance (cleaning) and examination appointments are critical to improving your oral health.

The more time you spend on the care of your teeth and gums, the faster you’ll improve your periodontal health. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call our office.

Dentistry NW
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4.9 out of 5 stars

Teri Kruse
Teri Kruse

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

Dentistry Northwest is hands-down the best dental care I have had in my entire life. Not only are they professional, they are friendly and I feel like family there. Everybody is just fabulous and they take the best care of my family.
One of the things that I appreciate the most is the sense of collaboration in my dental care. My hygienist always has information for me and often times something actually printed for me to take. Dr. Smith is just a character and I enjoy visiting with him if nothing else!
I am older and have had questionable things done to my teeth over the years. Dr. Smith and his staff have brought much of this up-to-date and keep my mouth, teeth and gums as healthy as possible. They are simply the best

L Noble
L Noble

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

I have enjoyed my experience with this dental office for 30 years. As the practice has changed hands, the staff, dentists, and office has remained at an exemplary standard. They hire the best, and perform top tier at industry standards. I enjoy their positive, upbeat style of making the client feel welcomed and relaxed. They always go the extra mile. I enjoy my experience always.

Jeff Strong
Jeff Strong

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

These people (especially Brenda) have been tracking my teeth for many years. I appreciate the thoughtful way they do just what is necessary, and at the right time. They even are careful to avoid unnecessary costs.

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1628 S. Mildred #206 • Tacoma, WA 98465 Phone: (253) 460-1800 • Fax: (253)460-0697

Office Hours:
Monday...................................8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Tuesday...................................8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Wednesday.............................8:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Thursday.................................7:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Friday.......................................7:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Saturdays by Appointment only between
8:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

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