Keep Your Smile Healthy After Your Polk City Dental Appointment

At your professional cleaning and checkup with Dr. Hussong, our team will thoroughly clean your mouth, but the majority of your preventive care takes place at home. Once you leave our Polk City dentist office, it’s all up to you to take care of your smile. Here are some guidelines to help maintain a healthy smile after your dentist appointment.

Healthy Hygiene

During your regular dental cleaning, our hygienists may apply fluoride, topical antibiotics, and other materials to strengthen and polish your teeth. Don’t brush your teeth immediately after you leave our office because you could wash off the gels and applications we used. Instead, wait a few hours for the topical treatments to sink into your teeth.

After your teeth have absorbed the professional cleaning materials, then you can resume your normal brushing routine. It’s important that you brush twice a day and floss daily to keep your teeth and gums clean. If you “cram” and only brush or floss a few days before your appointment, it won’t be enough to keep your smile healthy.

Dental Discomfort

Our professional tools and cleaning agents are more powerful than the daily products your teeth are used to. Although these products are completely safe, you may experience mild sensitivity or discomfort immediately following a dental procedure. Over-the-counter painkillers and sensitivity treatments can help relieve your aches and discomforts. Gum therapy or an extraction may leave a little swelling that can be relieved with a cold compress. If your discomforts don’t cease in a few days, call Dr. Hussong.

Cosmetic Considerations

If Dr. Hussong recommends restorative or cosmetic procedures, start considering your options right away. It’s important to restore your dental problems as soon as possible, and it’s best to consider the information while it’s fresh in your mind. If you get overwhelmed, take a break to clear your head, and return a few days later with a fresh perspective.

If you received professional teeth whitening or bonding treatments, Dr. Hussong recommends you avoid consuming dark-colored foods and beverages for at least 24-48 hours after your appointment. For take-home whitening trays, be sure to follow Dr. Hussong’s specified directions for proper use.


If you’ve received an invasive treatment, like gum disease treatment, a root canal, or an extraction, it’s important to take a few days to rest and recover. Keeping your body relaxed will help encourage faster healing and recovery. You should also keep your treatment area clean and take any prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection.

Following Dr. Hussong’s post-appointment instructions will help keep your smile healthy, strong, and beautiful. If you have any questions about proper care after your appointment, call Cornerstone Dental at (515) 984-6001. We welcome patients from Polk City, Ames, Ankeny, Alleman, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, and surrounding areas.