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 Root planing (also called "deep cleaning") is done to clean the roots of the teeth deep within the gum pockets to remove tartar, plaque, and other irritants that promote periodontal disease. The purpose of this procedure is to reduce the infection present in the gums.

After root planing, you may rinse with either:

A. warm salty water (1 teaspoon per 8 oz. water) OR

B. diluted Listerine mouthwash the day of the treatment. This may speed the healing process and reduce discomfort.

Use your proxabrush, floss, and a regular toothbrush at least twice daily, being sure to clean the area at the gum line especially well.

You may have slight bleeding when you brush and floss for up to 4 days. This is normal, so do not be alarmed. It is extremely important that your mouth and teeth be kept as clean as possible after the root planing treatment.

If you have discomfort, two tablets of Advil or Motrin every three hours should be helpful.

You may experience root sensitity to hot or cold for a period of time after root planing is done. This is due to the clean roots contacting hot or cold liquids.