How to treat oral discomfort after a cleaning

It is rare for small children to need any significant teeth cleaning but adolescent children may if their daily oral hygiene is not adequate. A thorough cleaning unavoidably produces some bleeding and swelling and may cause some tenderness or discomfort.  This is not due to a "rough cleaning" but, to tender and inflamed gums from insufficient oral hygiene.  We recommend the following for 2-3 days after cleaning was performed: 

  • A warm salt water rinse 2 - 3 times per day  (1 teaspoon salt in 1 cup warm water)
  •  For discomfort use Children's Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin as directed on the bottle for the age of the child.

Please do not hesitate to contact the office if the discomfort persists for more than 72 hours or if there are any questions.

Questions after getting a local anesthetic

Children can be confused about the effects of local anesthesia. Monitor your child for two hours after the appointment to insure they do not cause minor irritations to the affected areas. It's recommended that your child be kept on a liquid diet until the effects have worn off.

Questions after extractions

Normal Care:

  • Do not rinse for several hours.
  • Do not spit excessively.
  • No carbonated drinks for remainder of day.
  • Do not drink through a straw for remainder of day.
  • Keep all foreign objects out of mouth for remainder of day.

For Pain:

  • Some discomfort is normal.
  • Follow directions on the bottle for age of child when using over-the-counter pain medications like Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin.
  • If medicine was prescribed follow the instructions of the prescribing physician.

For Bleeding:

  • Some bleeding is normal.
  • Place sterile cotton gauze over extraction area and keep in place by biting down for 15 minutes or until bleeding subsides.
  • A damp tea bag may be substituted for the cotton gauze if desired.
  • Maintain a soft diet for at least the next day.

Please do not hesitate to contact the office if the discomfort persists for more than 72 hours or if there are any questions.