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A thorough teeth cleaning may produce some gum bleeding and swelling and may cause discomfort of the teeth and gums. This is not due to a “rough cleaning”, but due to tender and inflamed gums which results from substandard oral hygiene at home.

If your child experiences gum bleeding or mouth discomfort after teeth cleaning, we recommend the following for 2 to 3 days:

For gum bleeding and swelling rinse 2 times daily with warm salt water rinse (1/4 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of warm water)

For mouth discomfort use children’s Motrin or Tylenol appropriate for your child’s age and weight as directed by the manufacturer that has worked for your child in the past.

To prevent your child from feeling any discomfort at the next cleaning, maintain twice daily teeth brushing, nightly flossing and good oral habits.

Please do not hesitate to call the office if there are any questions.