Knowing the proper home care methods to utilize after a tooth extraction are critical for your well-being, oral health, and comfort. The length of time you experience numbness depends on a variety factors, and while your mouth remains numb you’ll want to take great care not to bite your cheek lip or tongue by avoiding chewing. If the numbness does not subside in a few hours it’s important to call your dentist. Taking these things into consideration will help preserve your oral health post tooth extraction or following the removal of your wisdom teeth.
How to Care for Your Oral Health After a Tooth Extraction
Bleeding May Occur
It is normal for a slight amount of blood to leak from the extraction site until a blood clot forms. When blood mixes with saliva it can appear to be worse than it is, so stay calm if you notice blood. A clean piece of folded gauze thick enough to bite on that has been dampened with warm water can be applied directly to the extraction site to help with bleeding. Replace the pad as necessary. Sucking on the extraction site or disturbing it with your tongue can increase bleeding and damage, so avoid doing that.
Protect The Blood Clot
After wisdom teeth removal and other types of tooth extraction, a blood clot forms in the tooth socket. This is a natural and important part of the healing process. Take these steps to protect the blood clot in your tooth socket and keep your healing on track.
-For 24 hours following tooth extraction, do not rinse your mouth vigorously or drink through a straw. Avoid alcoholic beverages or mouthwashes for this time period as well.
-Do not clean the teeth next to the healing tooth socket for the rest of the day, but maintain the cleanliness of the rest of your mouth. Brush, floss, and gently rinse.
-Do not take part in any strenuous activity following the extraction. This will reduce bleeding and help maintain the integrity of your blood clot.
What you eat and drink plays a large role in your oral health, but is especially important after any kind of oral surgery. After the extraction, drink a lot of liquids and eat soft nutritious foods. Avoid hot liquids and alcoholic beverages. Be patient and give yourself plenty of time to heal. It may take a few days for you to feel comfortable chewing on the side of your mouth where the extraction has taken place. This is normal.
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