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What to Do After a Dental Extraction
After a dental extraction, it’s critical to take care of it so your mouth can heal
and to avoid infection. Taking care of it properly also ensures you are in less
pain and have a quicker recovery time. The following are tips on what to do
and not do after a dental extraction.
• Take medications as prescribed.
• Replace gauze before it’s soaked with blood – every 3-4 hours. Initially
after the removal, you want to change the dressings every 30-45 minutes.
• Use an ice pack to reduce swelling in 10-minute increments immediately
after the procedure.
• Limit activity for 1-3 days following the extraction. Make sure to rest and
relax 24 hours following the procedure.
• Do not smoke.
• Avoid straws and hot liquids and foods such as teas and soups.
• Eat soft foods, such as puddings and mashed potatoes. As you heal,
gradually introduce solids.
• Prop your head up on a pillow to discourage bleeding.
• Brush and floss teeth every day as normal; however, avoid the extraction
• Don’t rinse or spit vigorously and do not rinse within 24 hours after your
• Avoid poking, prodding, or touching the removal site with your fingers or
• Rinse your mouth four times a day with warm salt water (not hot water) –
but not within the first 24 hours.
• Don’t disturb the blood clot. You want a blood clot so your gums can heal.
After an extraction, make sure taking care of the site is your top priority.
Follow these tips, and pay close attention to your dentist’s directions and
recommendations for a less painful and quicker healing time.