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Patient Education

  1. Tobacco Cessation Tips
  2. Post-Op Instructions Following Oral Surgery
  3. Home Care Instructions for Sealants
  4. Home Care Instructions Following Scaling & Root Planning
  5. Ortho Recommendations
  6. Instructions for Home Flouride
  7. Emergencies
Tobacco Use Cessation Tips

Tips for Preparing to Stop:

Know What to Expect:

Involve Someone Else:

Tips for Just Before Stopping:

Tips for the Day You Stop:

Tips to Help You Cope with the Periodic Urge to Use Tobacco:
Anticipate Triggers & Prepare to Avoid Them:

Source: "How to Help Your Patients Stop Using Tobacco"
A National Cancer Institute Manual for the Oral Health Team

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Post-Op Instructions Following Oral Surgery

Bite on the Gauze for 30 Minutes Following Surgery
If active bleeding continues, place another moistened gauze or moistened tea bag on the extraction site until the bleeding stops.

Do Not Rinse or Spit for the First 24 Hours

Do Not Smoke for 72 Hours

This is very important because the suction caused during smoking can complicate proper healing. If you must smoke, cover the extraction site with gauze and take tiny puffs rather than deep drags.
Depending on the surgical procedure you may develop some of the following symptoms: slight bleeding, swelling, difficulty opening your mouth, discoloration of skin in that area, numbness of the lip, etc. Please do not be alarmed as these may be reactions to the surgical procedure.


You should take medicine as recommended by your doctor. Usually you should not need more than the medicine that you take for a headache.

Diet & Oral Hygiene
A soft diet with a large intake of fluids is recommended for the first few days to promote healing. After that a normal diet may be resumed.

The day after surgery you should rinse with warm salt water after every meal (One teaspoon salt / one cup water). Please do not rinse vigorously! Simply put this salt water in your mouth and tip your head to the extraction side for 10 seconds.

Resume Regular Brushing & Flossing as Soon as Possible

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Home Care Instructions for Sealants

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Home Care Instructions

Following Scaling & Root Planning

Follow all home care instructions exactly as directed. Success of treatment depends directly on the improvement of your oral hygiene.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call.

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Common Ortho Recommendations

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Instructions for Home Fluoride

Home fluoride is a treatment gel, not toothpaste. The use of home fluoride will help prevent dental decay and enamel decalcification, inhibits plaque formation, and helps control hypersensitivity when used as directed.

Directions for Use: (Adults & Children 6 years of Age & Older)

  1. Use once a day after brushing teeth thoroughly with toothpaste, unless otherwise directed by your dentist or dental hygienist.
  2. Apply a small amount of gel to a separate toothbrush. Be sure to use a soft, dry toothbrush and brush thoroughly on all tooth surfaces for at least one minute.
  3. Spit, do not swallow, and do not eat, drink or rinse for at least 30 minutes. It is best to use fluoride at bedtime.
  4. Rinse the fluoride brush with warm water and allow to air dry until next usage.
  5. Instruct children under 12 in the use of home fluoride to minimize swallowing. Supervise children as necessary until capable of using without supervision. We do not recommend this product to children under the age of 6.
Warnings: This product may produce surface staining on the teeth. Adequate brushing may prevent these stains, which are not harmful or permanent and can be removed by your dentist. Keep this out of the reach of children. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional assistance or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.

For additional questions, please feel free to contact the office.

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Dental Emergency

Knocked-Out Tooth: Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse off the root of the tooth in water if it is dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If it is possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If that is not possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk and get to the dentist as soon as possible. Don't forget to take the tooth with you!

Broken Tooth: Rinse the mouth with warm water to keep the area clean. Put cold compresses on the face to reduce swelling. Go to the dentist immediately.

Objects Caught Between Teeth: Gently try to remove the object with dental floss. If you are not successful, go to the dentist. Do not try to remove the object with sharp or pointed instrument.

Toothache: Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. Use dental floss to remove any food that may be trapped between the teeth. Do not put aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues. Go to the dentist as soon as possible.

Possible Broken Jaw: Apply cold compresses to control swelling. Go to your dentist or the local urgent center or hospital emergency room immediately.

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