What can I eat after deep cleaning of teeth?

Just got your deep cleaning for your teeth done? You're still numb but you're kind of hungry and your gums are still bleeding. What can you do?

Deep cleaning of teeth
Deep cleaning of teeth

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Definition of a deep teeth cleaning:

Dental professionals call it scaling and root planing and it is different from a regular cleaning because it includes the root planing portion.

  • A regular cleaning only includes scaling.

  • A regular teeth cleaning does not require a numbing shot but it may include numbing gel.

  • A dental prophylaxis or regular cleaning is used to treat gingivitis

  • Scaling and root planing is used to treat periodontitis

Immediate post-operative instructions:

You may be hungry after your deep cleaning but please do not eat anything. You most likely had some numbing gel and a dental numbing shot as well. You're most likely still numb so you can't feel your face, your cheeks, and your tongue. If you eat now you may bite your lips or bite your tongue and you won't even feel it. You don't want to cause any facial damage.

  • Please wait until the anesthesia wears off, which takes approximately 2-3 hours.


Instead of eating food right after a deep cleaning, we would recommend taking some pain medication before the numbing wears off.

  • Please take 800 mg of Advil or Ibuprofen every 8 hours for the next 24 hours.

  • This is equivalent to taking 4 tablets of 200 mg over the counter pills

  • Please be aware of the ibuprofen maximum daily dosage of 3200 mg.

  • If you prefer you can also take 1000 mg of Tylenol every 8 hours instead.

  • Please be aware of the tylenol maximum daily dosage of 4000 mg.

  • Please remember to use the antibiotic rinse that was prescribed, chlorhexidine or peridex.

  • Rinse your mouth twice a day with 15 mL for about 2 minutes each time.

  • Typically our dentists in long island city do not prescribe antibiotics for deep cleanings of teeth.

Home care for discomfort:

It is not unusual for for you to experience some discomfort after the procedure. You may experience some of these symptoms:

  • Lingering or prolonged numbness

  • Chapped lips or bruising of lips and cheeks

  • Residual gum swelling

  • Residual gum bleeding

  • Gums may also feel very tender

  • Teeth may be sensitive after the numbing wears off

For the swelling you can use an ice pack on the operated area. Alternate 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off for as long as you need.

  • If you need to lie down and rest, keep your head elevated above your heart.

  • You can also apply moist heat too if it helps

For the bleeding please remember to bite down on gauze for 20-30 minutes and switch out to a new one until it stops bleeding.

  • If you find that the gum bleeding is not stopping, you can also bite into a black tea bag instead. The tannic acid helps to stop the bleeding.

  • Consistent biting pressure will help to stop the bleeding, if it doesn't then you're not biting hard enough.

  • Please do not rinse, spit, or drink through a straw for the next 24 hours.

  • If the gum bleeding persists after 48 hours, please give our LIC dentist office a call.

For the teeth sensitivity afterwards please use a sensitivity toothpaste. This is because you most likely had a lot of plaque, calculus, and tartar that was covering the surfaces of the teeth. That covering was preventing air from touching the teeth so you got use to it but now that it is gone, your teeth are not use to the air. Why don't you just leave the plaque and calculus you say? Because they eat away at your bone and then your teeth get loose and fall out.

  • The most common sensitivity toothpaste would be Sensodyne. Try to find the one without whitening for maximum effect.

  • A fluoride free alternative would be a natural hydroxyapatite toothpaste.

  • This new natural toothpaste adds an extra protective barrier on top of your teeth.

Last but not least, please do not sYou can resume your normal oral hygimoke for the next 3 days following the deep cleaning of teeth. The smoking and cigarettes will delay the gum healing.

After deep cleaning of teeth what can you eat?

Well, when the anesthesia finally wears off you can eat whatever you want to be honest. Please do not hold back!

  • We do recommend eating foods that will replenish your iron and blood supply

  • It is probably not a bad idea to have a nice steak and potatoes dinner either, medium rare would be perfect.

  • You may want to stay away from ice cream and sweets in the meantime since your teeth may be extra sensitive to temperatures such as cold. You want to give the sensitivity toothpaste some time for it to start working which may take up to 2 weeks.

Oral Hygiene Regime

You can resume your normal oral hygiene routine on the day of. Brush your teeth and floss your teeth like you normally do twice a day.

  • You can use your regular mouth wash.

  • Don't forget to do a salt water mouth rinse after every meal. The salt water will help decrease gum inflammation and swelling. It will also keep the teeth free of food debris. You just need to dissolve a tablespoon of salt in an 8oz glass of water.

Now that you're done with your deep cleaning, don't forget to return for the other side of the mouth. We'll see you next week and please give us a call if you have any questions!

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