If you’ve had treatment for your gums, such as a deep cleaning or gum surgery, it’s important that you maintain excellent oral health in order to prevent having your gum issues return. Periodontics is a way to treat your gums after problems have developed, but the best way to keep them from happening—or recurring—is to take excellent care of your mouth.
Recovering from Periodontic Treatment
Immediately after your periodontic treatment, your periodontist will provide you with aftercare instructions to ensure successful healing. This will probably include:
- Pain medication
- Antibiotics to prevent infection
- Special mouthwash to reduce bacteria
- Instructions to avoid brushing for a short time
The length of your immediate recovery time depends upon how invasive your treatment was. For a deep cleaning, also known as planing and scaling, you’ll be back to a normal routine in only a few days. More intensive treatment such as gum surgery or gum grafts will take longer to heal, so you’ll have to be careful to follow the guidance of your periodontist or dentist to ensure successful long-term results.
Keeping Your Gums Healthy
Ideally, you’ll maintain good oral hygiene that will prevent you from developing gum problems in the first place. Brushing and flossing regularly helps remove food particles, plaque, and bacteria from the surfaces of the teeth and from in between your teeth. Flossing also helps keep your gums healthy by removing plaque and food particles from just below the gum line and by cleaning between the teeth more thoroughly than just brushing can.
You should also visit your dentist regularly. If you’ve had periodontic treatment, you’ll want to follow up regularly to be sure your gums are healing properly and that no new problems are developing. Periodontal disease often does not show symptoms until it becomes serious. Your dentist, however, can detect problems by measuring the pockets around your teeth. These pockets can become larger by a tiny amount, indicating a developing issue, before any other symptoms are visible. This kind of regular evaluation can prevent you from developing new problems after your periodontic treatment.