• How to care for your teeth after extraction

    The best way to prevent complications from occurring after a tooth extraction is to rest and follow specific instructions from your dentist. It’s important to rest after a tooth is extracted as exercise or even bending over and lifting objects leads to increased blood-flow to the head which can then lead to bleeding in the extraction area. Give you mouth enough time to heal naturally without putting any additional stress on your body.

    Top tips to care for your teeth after a tooth extraction

    • Use several pillows under your head to ensure it remains elevated while you sleep and rest. This will avoid putting unnecessary pressure on your jaw.
    • For the first 24 hours after tooth extraction, do not rinse or gargle your mouth. This is to prevent removal of the blood clot which has formed at the extraction site. Accidentally removing the blood clot may result in a slower healing process, more bleeding, or worse, a dry socket.
    • Ice packs or cold compresses can be applied to your cheeks where the tooth was extracted to reduce swelling. If the area is no longer swollen but still feels stiff or sore, you can apply a warm compress.
    • A liquid or soft diet for the first 48 hours after tooth extraction helps prevent the extraction site and wound from getting infected.
    • Gently rinse the area with an antimicrobial mouthwash two to three times a day. This will guard against infection.
    • The area where the tooth was extracted can still be brushed and flossed, but be very careful not to touch it.
    • Don’t drink with a straw. Sucking on a straw may dislodge the blood clot.
    • Don’t drink hot liquids. Hot liquids may increase swelling. Limit your alcohol use. Excessive use of alcohol may slow healing.
    • Don’t smoke. Smoking may break down the blood clot. This can cause a painful tooth socket.

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