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Periodontal Post Operative Care

Brushing and flossing

  • Rinse gently with Chlorhexidine 0.12% mouthwash for 30 seconds, three times per day and let it fall into the sink. Do not spit.

  • Following surgery, begin brushing and flossing untreated areas.

  • AVOID THE SURGICAL SITES until given specific brushing instructions at your post-operative visit.


  • Following surgery, chew with the other side and AVOID CHEWING ON SURGICAL SITE.

  • Please AVOID HARD/CRUSTY foods until instructed to do so at a post-operative visit.

  • Softer diet such as yogurt, smoothies, milkshakes, dietary supplements (i.e. instant breakfast, Ensure), fish, pasta, mashed potatoes, and meatloaf are best during initial healing.

  • AVOID peroxide, alcohol, spitting, and drinking through the straw until you are instructed to do so at a following post-operative visit.


  • Slight bleeding or oozing is normal during the first two days following surgery. If excessive bleeding occurs, apply pressure with moist gauze or tea bag for 20-30 minutes. Repeat process if needed.


  • Localized mild swelling is normal. It should start to get better gradually after third day. If swelling starts to get worse after third day, please call our office.


  • Continue medication as instructed by your physician. Some post-operative discomfort is anticipated. Please ALTERNATE 600-800 mg Ibuprofen with acetaminophen (Tylenol) 500 mg every 3 hours for the next 5-7 days to minimize discomfort.


  • It is normal for sutures to become slightly loose. They will be removed at a following post-operative visit, as needed.

Periodontal Dressing

  • It is normal for it to become loose or fall out any time between the day of surgery and your next post-operative visit. Do NOT remove it on your own, when intact.

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