After a dental laser cleaning, it is important to take certain precautions to ensure proper healing. Patients should avoid any strenuous physical activity, such as exercising or lifting heavy objects, as this can increase the risk of postoperative bleeding. Additionally, activities such as coughing intensely, using tobacco, drinking beverages through a straw, inflating balloons and playing wind instruments should be avoided for the first 24 hours. It is also recommended to follow a liquid or soft food diet and stay away from spicy foods and things like French fries, popcorn, and pretzels.
Chewing food in the area where the laser was used should be carefully avoided to prevent interfering with the healing process. After the first 24 hours of healing are complete, brushing and flossing adjacent teeth normally is allowed, and the area where the laser was used can be gently cleaned with a swab dipped in Listerine. In periodontal laser therapy, a hygienist uses a laser to access and remove inflamed gingival tissue from around the root of the tooth. This procedure is not usually painful, but it is important to give your gums time to heal after undergoing laser dental treatment.
To ensure proper healing after a dental laser cleaning, it is important to avoid certain activities and follow certain precautions.