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Tooth Extraction Aftercare: the Dos & Don’ts

June 21, 2021 9:58 pm Published by

Tooth extractions are a pretty common part of dental care. Whether it’s wisdom teeth or something else, many of us will have at least one extraction in our lifetime. If your prepared, recovery will be a breeze. In today’s post we’ll go over the dos and don’ts to help you heal quickly after an extraction.

Do: Keep Your Cool

The dentist or doctor will keep you calm, cool, and comfortable while you’re undergoing your procedure, but you can expect to deal with some pain and inflammation in the hours and maybe even days following your procedure. It’s a great idea to have an ice pack ready to bring down the swelling. And depending on the procedure, you may be prescribed something to manage the pain, or your dentist will direct you to take over-the-counter pain meds.

Don’t Smoke or Slurp

If you’re a smoker, now is not the time to light up. And definitely avoid drinking with a straw. Both of these acts require a sucking motion that could disrupt your healing process by putting you at risk for what is called dry socket. Additionally, cigarettes contain chemicals that can prevent clotting. Avoid smoking for at least 48 hours post procedure.

Do: Take Its Easy

Take some time to get some rest after your procedure! You’ll feel better faster if you give your body the time it needs to heal. And while you can go ahead and eat after an extraction, your best bet might be to stick to soft and liquid foods, at least for the first day or two.

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