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After you’ve extracted a tooth, it is very important to take proper care of the area that was treated. If you don’t properly care for it, other problems could arise, like dry socket and infection, so we encourage you to rest few at least three days, follow the instructions of your dentist or oral surgeon, and do the following:

• Relive the pain and swelling by icing outside the area with a cold or ice pack and take the painkillers the doctor prescribed to you.

• Eat soft foods, like pudding, soup, and ice cream, while your mouth heals. You can gradually begin eating solid foods once the treated area heals and becomes less tender.

• After 24 hours, rinse your mouth several times a day with warm salt water. This will help reduce the swelling and clean the area. You can make your own salt water by mixing 1 tsp of salt into a medium-sized cup of warm water. Simply swish the liquid in your mouth for about 30 seconds and then spit it into the sink once the time is up.

• Make sure you change the gauze pads before they become completely soaked in blood.

• Refrain from participating in physical activities. It could increase the bleeding.

• Do not smoke.

• Do not use a straw or suck on anything.

• Keep your head propped up with pillows to reduce the bleeding.

• Brush your teeth and tongue regularly, but make sure you are gentle around the area that was treated.

• Do not rub the treated area with your tongue or fingers.

If you have any questions about these instructions or if you need help with anything, we encourage you to call our office today and talk to a member of our dental team. We care about you and your smile, and we want you to have a quick and successful recovery!