Caring for Your Dental and Oral Health

Regular dental checkups and professional teeth cleanings at 32 Dental play a pivotal role in maintaining a healthy smile. These routine visits allow us to detect and address dental issues early on, such as tooth decay, gum disease, and changes in your teeth and gums. Feel free to share any illnesses or medications you are taking, including over-the-counter drugs, with us.

Five Steps to a Radiant Smile and a Healthy Body:

  • Daily Flossing and Twice-Daily Brushing: Make the most of your oral hygiene routine with an electric toothbrush.
  • Biannual Dental Visits: Schedule professional teeth cleanings at least twice a year.
  • Nutritious Choices for Optimal Health: Maintain overall well-being through proper nutrition.
  • Regular Exercise: Stay active and promote your overall health.
  • Tobacco-Free Lifestyle: Preserve your smile and enhance your health by avoiding tobacco in all its forms.

After-Care for Various Dental Procedures:

Crowns and Bridges:

  • Avoid chewing until numbness subsides.
  • Steer clear of chewing on the side with the temporary crown or bridge.
  • Maintain your regular brushing and flossing routine.
  • Use desensitizing toothpaste for any sensitivity.
  • Reach out to us if sensitivity persists or if you have any concerns.
  • Reduce discomfort and swelling by rinsing your mouth twice daily with warm salt water or prescription mouthwash.

Dental Implants:

  • Apply gentle pressure using gauze pads during the first post-surgery hour.
  • Limit activity to manage bleeding effectively.
  • Refrain from eating until numbness disappears.
  • Use ice packs in intervals during the initial 24 hours.
  • Reduce swelling and discomfort by rinsing with warm salt water.
  • Stay well-hydrated and opt for soft, nutritious foods.
  • Comply with the prescribed mouth rinse schedule for one week.
  • Do not floss the teeth near the dental implant for two weeks.
  • Continue regular brushing and flossing for other teeth.
  • Take all prescribed medications, even if no swelling or infection is evident.
  • Refrain from smoking for 72 hours.


  • Formation of a blood clot within the first 24 hours is vital for pain reduction and healing.
  • Apply pressure using gauze pads for 40-60 minutes to stop oozing; repeat after an hour.
  • Avoid spitting, sucking, or using straws.
  • Do not rinse your mouth, brush, or floss near the socket for 24 hours.
  • Abstain from smoking or tobacco use for at least 72 hours.
  • Take precautions to prevent sneezing or coughing, and have sinus or allergy medication on hand if necessary.
  • Opt for warm, non-carbonated, non-alcoholic beverages, and mild foods.
  • Use pain medication before the anesthesia wears off.
  • Apply ice for 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off, as needed.
  • Stay hydrated and consume soft foods on the opposite side of the extraction.
  • After the first 24 hours, you can return to a regular diet.
  • Gently brush and floss around the area for the first week.
  • Continue taking prescribed antibiotics for the entire duration, even if symptoms disappear.
  • Apply moist heat and rinse with warm salt water three times daily to minimize swelling.
  • Feel free to reach out if you have any concerns.

Root Canal Therapy:

  • Refrain from chewing until numbness fully dissipates.
  • Take pain medication before the anesthesia wears off.
  • Follow the prescribed antibiotic regimen.
  • Continue brushing and flossing your teeth normally.
  • Get in touch if you experience sensitivity to pressure that lasts beyond a few days.
  • To alleviate discomfort and swelling, rinse your mouth three times daily with warm salt water.
  • Keep activities calm for three to five days.
  • Avoid crunchy foods.
  • Ensure the tooth receives a crown within two weeks to prevent fractures.
  • Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Tooth-Colored Fillings:

  • Refrain from chewing until numbness is completely gone.
  • Maintain regular brushing and flossing to promote healthy gum tissue.
  • If sensitivity persists, reach out to us.
  • Use warm salt water to rinse your mouth three times a day to reduce discomfort and swelling.
  • Feel free to contact our Kennesaw Georgia Dental Practices if you have any questions or concerns.

Quote: “A smile is a universal welcome.” – Max Eastman