By SKP Family Dental
January 27, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Post-Extraction  

Follow these helpful tips for caring for your smile after a tooth extraction.

From impacted wisdom teeth to severe decay, there are a myriad of reasons why you may need a tooth extraction. If your Greenbelt, MD family dentist has recommended that you get a tooth extracted then you are probably doing as much research as possible to prepare for your procedure; however, how much do you know about caring for your smile after your procedure? Find out the do’s and don’ts for oral care after a tooth extraction.


Your Greenbelt, MD family dentist will most likely prescribe pain medications to help ease any post-extraction discomfort. Use this medication exactly as directed on the bottle to help reduce pain and swelling.

Keep Cool

If you are experiencing significant swelling, apply an ice pack to the swollen side of your face to keep inflammation down.

Rinse Your Mouth

About 24 hours after your procedure it’s fine to gently rinse out your mouth with warm salt water a few times a day to also help with any post-extraction pain or swelling. You only need to mix about 1tsp of salt into an 8oz glass of water.

Maintain a Soft Diet

Until your mouth has fully healed you should only be eating soft foods like pudding, broth and yogurt. As you begin to heal you can start to incorporate more solid foods back into your meals. Also, be sure to avoid sucking drinks through straws until your mouth has fully recovered.

Leave it Alone

While the extraction site is healing it might be tempting to touch it with your finger or your tongue, but refrain from rubbing the area, which can cause further irritation.

Keep Up with Your Routine Care

Even though you’ve just had an extraction you can still brush and floss your smile. Just be gentle and take your time, particularly when you are near the treated area. There is no reason to neglect the rest of your smile because of your procedure.

Post-Extraction Stitches

If you needed stitches we will let you know whether they will dissolve or if you will need to come back to have them removed.

If you have any questions about your tooth extraction procedure or caring for your smile after your treatment then contact your Greenbelt, MD dentist today. We are always here to answer your questions and put your mind at ease.


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