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What to Do and Avoid After Having a Tooth Pulled

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What to Do and Avoid After Having a Tooth Pulled

What to Do in the First Two Days

Set Aside Some Time From Your Busy Schedule to Unwind and Recharge

Giving yourself a day or two off work after getting a tooth pulled is best so your body can recover. If you want to feel your best once you recover, rest up as much as possible.

Sleep or Rest with Your Head Propped Up

A blood clot forms at the extraction site as the body’s normal reaction to tooth loss. Sleeping and resting with your head raised will help the blood clot form more easily, speeding your recovery.

Bite Gauze Gently to Speed up the Clotting Process

A gauze will be placed over the extraction site to encourage normal blood clotting by your dentist. Biting down on the gauze gently for a few minutes will help stop the bleeding. If the gauze becomes soiled, you may replace it with fresh material.

Make Sure You’re Taking Your Meds Properly

After having a tooth extracted, your dentist may recommend taking medicine, such as antibiotics and painkillers. If your dentist prescribes medicine, be careful you take it exactly as directed.

Put Ice on it

After having teeth extracted, it is common to have some swelling. The affected region should be iced at 15-minute intervals as directed.

Drink a Lot of Water

Cleaning your teeth and the extraction site properly requires regular use of water. Using water to rinse your mouth can remove germs leading to tooth decay and gum disease.

Have a Balanced Diet of Nutritious, Soft Foods

For the first two days after extraction, it’s advisable to stick to soft foods. Yogurt, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and scrambled eggs are all tooth-friendly foods that can be eaten while you recuperate.

Use a Soft Bristle Toothbrush

After having a tooth taken, you should still wash your teeth but take additional care. Be as gentle as possible around the extraction site so as not to delay the healing process.

The First Two Days’ Worth of No’s

Stop Smoking

Smoking is harmful to your health in several ways and can make it more difficult to have teeth extracted. A dry socket, a painful oral ailment, can occur if the extraction site’s healing process is slowed by smoking.

Straws Should not be used

Avoid using straws after tooth extraction because the sucking motion can prevent a blood clot from forming at the extraction site. This also raises the likelihood of bleeding and dry socket.

You shouldn’t Gargle

After tooth extraction, you should let the extraction site heal undisturbed for at least 24 hours before cleaning your mouth.

Don’t Spit

Like sucking through a straw, spitting can prevent blood from clotting at the extraction site. Let any necessary liquid trickle out over the sink rather than spit.

Do not Drink Anything Hot

Caffeinated beverages, especially hot ones, should be avoided around the extraction site. Instead, choose drinks and snacks that may be enjoyed at room temperature.

Avoid Drinking Anything with Carbonation or Alcohol

Drinking alcohol and carbonated drinks might also raise your risk of oral issues due to their acidity.

Don’t Chew Down on Tough Snacks

Hard and chewy meals might irritate the extraction sites and slow recovery. Avoid using the extracted tooth’s side for chewing.

Don’t blow your Nose or Sneeze in Public

Sneezing or blowing your nose might raise the pressure within your mouth, dislodging the blood clot. Keeping your lips open might help relieve some of the strain that may make it difficult to suppress a sneeze.

Don’t Touch the Extraction Site with Your Tongue

Try not to touch the extraction site with your tongue. Dry sockets and other dental problems are much more likely since the tongue is a powerful muscle that can dislodge the blood clot.

Avoid Using Aspirin

Because of its blood-thinning properties, aspirin should be avoided following a tooth extraction to prevent excessive bleeding. The appropriate medicine to take after tooth extraction should be discussed with your dentist.

Do’s After the Initial 48

Maintain your regular dental Care Routine

Maintaining healthy teeth and gums requires routine brushing and flossing. Brushing and flossing should be done cautiously until the extraction site has completely healed.

Keep on Eating Softer Meals for Now

A soft diet should be kept up until the extraction site has healed to reduce the risk of infection.

After 48 Hours, You Shouldn’t

Don’t Eat Anything Crunchy or Seed-Filled

Seeds and other hard foods should be avoided until the extraction site has completely healed to prevent further harm and the spread of infection.

Don’t Let your Toothbrush Near your Tooth Extraction

Do not brush the area where the extraction occurred until the clot has formed.

After having a Tooth Extracted, When Should you Return to the Dentist?

After a tooth is extracted, the recovery time might range from a few days to a week or more. Although some swelling and bleeding after a tooth extraction is expected, some symptoms should prompt a visit to the dentist. Extreme or prolonged discomfort, swelling, fever, nausea, vomiting, or foul-smelling or tasting discharge at the extraction site necessitate prompt dental attention. Your dentist can diagnose you accurately and recommend the best treatment options.

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