Scaling and root planing is a vital treatment when for improving the health of your gums and removing infected tissue. Although Dr. Claude N. Tamura and his team are gentle, many patients will experience some tenderness after their treatment. To ease any discomfort, you can rinse your mouth with 1 tsp salt in 8 oz. warm water, 2-3 times a day, or you can use a cold compress. If you have any concerns about your gum health, please call Island Dental Group at (808) 484-4470 to schedule your visit with our dentist.