Once your periodontist informs you the surgical area is safe to start cleaning, typically the very first step is to swab the area with 2x2 soaked in Peridex.
This is a very important technic that must be done regularly to protect your surgical site from an infection. The surgical site is too delicate to be brushed and that is the reason why you need to clean it with a 2x2 swab soaked in Peridex.
You need to take a piece of 2x2 gauze and fold it twice. Pour some Peridex into a small cup. Dip the folded 2x2 into the cup and soak it with Peridex. Now gently swab the surgical area multiple times.
It is important that you swab all 3 surfaces:
1- the facial side (cheek side of your gum)
2- the occlusal side (top side of your gum)
3- the lingual/palatal side (the tongue side of your gum)
It is important to do this twice a day until your periodontist tells you to stop swabbing.
It is important that when you are done swabbing you don't eat or drink for 1hr afterwards.