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As your gums heal, keep them healthy

You can take steps toward preventing periodontal (gum) disease. Here are a few tips to help you care for your teeth after receiving ARESTIN® with scaling and root planing (SRP).

After receiving treatment

Avoid chewing hard, crunchy, or sticky foods such as carrots, taffy, and gum for 7 days. You should also avoid using floss or a dental pick in the treated areas for 10 days.

Avoid chewing hard, crunchy, or sticky foods for 7 days
As your gums heal, it's important to begin and maintain a good oral health routine

Other tips for preventing gum disease

Drinking water can also help. Fluoridated tap water or bottled water helps prevent tooth decay.

If you’re a smoker, consider quitting. Smoking may increase the likelihood of gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss. So on top of other health benefits, your dental health can also benefit from stopping smoking.

Avoid smoking cigarettes after ARESTIN(r) treatment

You may need another visit

Some people with gum disease need multiple visits. Others return for annual cleanings. Scheduled checkups can help your dental professional assess your gum disease and help you manage it.

Maintain a good oral health routine

As your gums heal, it's important to begin and maintain a good oral health routine. This should include brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing every day. Ask your dental professional about the best oral hygiene products for you.

Here are a few products to consider:

  • ADA-Accepted fluoride toothpaste
  • A toothbrush with soft bristles—harder bristles can wear away enamel and damage your teeth and gums
  • Electric toothbrushes—people with mobility or dexterity issues may find these easier to use
  • Floss holders—these plastic devices hold a short length of floss. Many people prefer these to regular floss

Remember, you should replace your toothbrush every 3 or 4 months. Replace your toothbrush sooner if the bristles start to fray.

How do I achieve the best results from my treatment with ARESTIN®?
To achieve the best results, follow the instructions given by your dental professional. You'll also find these important guidelines useful after treatment with ARESTIN®:
  • Avoid touching areas of your gums that your dentist has treated for 1 week
  • Wait 10 days before using floss, toothpicks, or other devices designed to clean between teeth in the areas that were treated with ARESTIN®
  • Avoid eating hard, crunchy, or sticky foods such as carrots, taffy, and gum for 1 week after treatment
  • Be sure to return for your follow-up appointments, since periodontal (gum) disease can recur and gums need to be checked regularly
You should notify your dental professional promptly if pain, swelling, or other problems occur. To get the best results from your ARESTIN® treatment, follow the recommendations above. Your dental professional may also have ideas for getting good results.
Still have questions? Read some common questions about ARESTIN® and scaling and root planingContinue