How To Practice Self-Care After A Tooth Extraction

How To Practice Self-Care After A Tooth Extraction

January 1, 2019

Tooth extraction is a very painful affair. But sometimes extractions are unavoidable. And sometimes you have to go for self-care post tooth extraction as it ensures that you heal as quickly as possible. Here are a few things you do to recover quickly:

Reduce Pain and Swelling

Pain is the part and parcel of tooth extraction. With so many modern equipment and talented dentists the pain is very less but still if somebody gets too much pain then they can do some self-care. Deal with any pain or swelling by applying ice packs to your face and taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications. Apply ice for 20 minutes and then remove the ice pack for at least 20 minutes before reapplying it.

Let it Clot

Let the clot be formed on the tooth extraction site, which covers it and allows it to heal. After the procedure your dentist will give you a piece of gauze to bite on near the extraction site. Keeping the clot in place for longer time is best, but make sure to change the gauze after roughly every half hour, depending on the amount of bleeding. If the bleeding persists for a few hours after the procedure then try putting a wet tea bag on the site. The tannic acid present in black tea helps to aide in the clotting process.

Practice Good Oral Care

You can begin brushing your teeth the next day after your extraction. When you brush, stay away from the extraction site for two or three days.

Rest Up

Your body needs rest after any kind of surgery as rest makes the healing process easy and faster. Make sure you are rested enough for fast recovery.

Watch What You Eat

After tooth extraction any food you have should be very, very soft and at a reasonable temperature. Drinks should be at a reasonable temperature, too, and all food and drink should stay on the side of the mouth that did not have a tooth extracted. Don’t drink alcohol. Don’t use straws, smoke, or suck on candies.

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