Illustration of scaling and root planing during a deep dental cleaning

What to Expect After a Deep Cleaning

July 31, 2023 10:26 am | Published by |

For many patients, daily oral hygiene and biannual dental checkups and cleanings will keep your oral health in good shape. If, however, we notice signs of gum disease, our team may recommend a deep cleaning to remove bacteria and tartar from underneath your gumline.

This more thorough cleaning may be done via a process called scaling, where we use special tools and techniques to get into those hard-to-reach places, or we may opt for a less invasive procedure using laser therapy. In either case, here is what you can expect following your deep cleaning appointment.


After a deep cleaning, you’re likely to experience some tooth and gum sensitivity. This is completely normal and will subside over time as your mouth recovers. You may be especially sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, acidic food, or crunchy food, so plan your meals accordingly in the aftermath of your deep cleaning to avoid discomfort.


Another very common side effect of deep cleaning is mouth soreness. Again, this is nothing to be concerned about—it just signifies that your body is in the healing process. You can take over-the-counter pain medication for relief or apply an ice pack to your jaw to help reduce swelling of the gums.

Minor Bleeding

In the first few days following your deep cleaning, you may notice your gums bleeding more than usual when you brush and floss. This should stop in a few days. If the bleeding persists or gets worse over time, notify your dentist.

Healthier Gums

One welcome thing to expect after a deep cleaning is improved gum health. Once the sensitivity and soreness go away, your gums should look less inflamed and be a healthy shade of pink. To maintain the benefits of your deep cleaning, be sure to practice excellent oral hygiene and keep up with any follow-up dental appointments.

Treating Gum Disease in Wolcott, CT

If you’ve noticed symptoms of gum disease—red and puffy gums, loose teeth, persistent bad breath—it could be time for a deep cleaning. Our team at Dental Health Associates will take a close look and determine if scaling or laser therapy is right for you. If caught early enough, gum disease can be easily treated to prevent further issues. Don’t wait to schedule an appointment with Dental Health Associates! Contact us today.


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