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Dental and Oral Health (Adults)

Tooth Cleaning and Brushing

05/31/2011

Question:

After a  professional tooth cleaning the gums are usually hurt. How long after the procedure can we resume toothbrushing so as not to hurt the gums more?

Answer:

If the gums are tender, brushing and flossing them 2-3 times a day immediately following your cleaning is the best treatment. Tissues are tender because they are inflamed and need the stimulation of the brush and floss to firm up.

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Response by:

Wendy  J Moore, RDH, EFDA, BS, MS Wendy J Moore, RDH, EFDA, BS, MS
Clinical Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University