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What should I do after a sealing and root planning treatment?

After a scaling and root planing treatment (SRP) is the perfect time to use a prescription fluoride toothpaste to remineralize your roots and teeth. Remineralizing your teeth will make them less sensitive to cold and more resistant to tooth decay. Typically, after an SRP, your teeth are very cold-sensitive, so this is something you would want to do anyway to prevent any discomfort. You can return to your regular routine and brush and floss normally -- unless you had antibiotics placed in the pockets, in which case you have to wait (ask your dentist how long). 
Dietary restriction, special oral rinses, and home care after this procedure must be followed to provide successful results. To ensure continued health, these patients should be seen four times per year for cleanings and exams to ensure patient compliance and tissue health.

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