Zoom! Whitening – Post Op Instructions
Congratulations! You’ve just experienced a revolutionary tooth whitening procedure. The next 48 hours are important in enhancing and maximizing your whitening results for a long lasting, bright and healthy smile.
During the first 24 hours after whitening treatment, some patients can experience some tooth sensitivity or pain. This is normal and is usually mild, but it can be worse in susceptible individuals. Normally, tooth sensitivity or pain following a treatment subsides within 24 hours, but in rare cases can persist for longer periods of time. If you do, take an over-the-counter pain reliever (one you would use for a headache).
Within the next 48 hours, we recommend the following post-treatment:
For the next 48 hours, dark staining substances should be avoided, such as:
Red wine, Cola, Coffee and tea
Berries such as cherries, blueberries, strawberries
Red sauces, mustard or ketchup, soy sauce
If it will stain your clothes, it will eventually stain your teeth
Additional ways to maintain your smile:
Avoid staining related habits.
Use an automated toothbrush.
Regular professional dental hygiene care to maintain oral health, keep staining to a minimum.
Use whitening trays for touch-ups as recommended by the dentist.
Practice good oral hygiene by tooth brushing, flossing, and tongue cleaning. We will assist you in selecting the products to maintain not only a white smile, but a healthy one as well!
Post Operative Instructions for Phase I Periodontal Therapy
Don’t touch – Avoid touching areas of your gums that your dental professional has treated.
Wait to brush – Wait 12 hours before brushing your teeth in areas that have been treated with ARESTIN.
Wait to floss – Wait 10 days before flossing or using toothpicks or other devices that clean between your teeth in areas that have been treated with ARESTIN. Do not use a water pik or hydroflosser during laser therapy.
Care of your mouth – Rinse with warm salt-water three times a day. (1 teaspoon of salt mixed with 8 oz. of warm water). If swelling or jaw stiffness occurs, place warm moist towels to the face.
Discomfort – Avoid chewing until numbness has completely worn off. Some discomfort is normal, Ibuprofen or Tylenol is usually sufficient.
Eating – Avoid hard, crunchy or sticky foods for 1 week after treatment.
Smoking – No smoking for 48 hours after treatment. If you’ve thought about quitting, this would be a great time! Ask us for help.
Start home care as instructed when the tissue starts to feel comfortable. Initially, you may have to be very gentle with your home care.
Important post extraction instructions
Continue biting on gauze placed at office for 30 minutes, then replace with new gauze and bite down for an additional 30 minutes or until bleeding has subsided.
Apply an ice pack to the area for 20 minutes, then leave off for 20 minutes, and repeat for 1 hour immediately following extraction(s).
NO SMOKING FOR 48 HOURS. Smoking can pull out clot and cause an extremely painful bone infection known as dry socket.
Do not use straws, no popsicles, do not spit, any sucking motion can disturb a blood clot.
Slight blood tinged saliva is ok, if any profuse bleeding, go to the hospital emergency room.
No brushing the extraction site for 24 hours.
Starting 24 hours after extraction, gently rinse with warm salt water 3 times a day, 3 mouthfuls each time, for 3 days. (1/2-teaspoon salt dissolved in a glass of warm water)
Take all medications as prescribed. NO ASPIRIN or IBUPROFEN, these can cause excessive bleeding. Tylenol is ok if you can normally take it.
Please call our office at (508) 564-6663 if you have any questions or concerns.