Dos and Don’ts of Tooth Extraction Aftercare

June 19, 2018 in Dental Tips

While your tooth extraction may be painless, you still have to care for it to allow the soft tissues to heal properly as well as to prevent post-operative complications.

Here are some dos and don’ts of tooth extraction aftercare.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

  • Dos:

    • DO bite down on the gauze that your dentist will provide you to put pressure and stop bleeding
    • DO allow the site to heal by letting it clot
    • DO avoid any physical activity such as carrying heavy objects or exercising
    • DO take only soft foods like soups, smoothies, and mashed vegetables
    • DO rest as much as possible. Keep your head upright by propping it on a pillow
    • DO apply an ice pack on the side of your face where the extraction took place to reduce swelling

 Don’ts:

    • DON’T smoke for at least 2 days (48 hours) after tooth extraction
    • DON’T eat solids while your mouth is still numb to avoid choking
    • DON’T skip your prescriptions, which help you feel comfortable and help reduce swelling
    • DON’T take aspirin, which is a blood thinner and can prevent clotting and healing
    • DON’T have hot drinks, sodas, candies, spicy foods, and sweets
    • DON’T poke or pick at the gap or extraction site as this delays healing.

 

Your extraction dentist may have other guidelines and instructions to give you, so be sure to follow them to the letter to avoid complications such as severe bleeding, inflammation, delayed healing, and infection.

What Happens in a Routine Dental Cleaning?

June 4, 2018 in Dental Tips

Regular routine dental cleaning is vital not just for your oral health but also for your overall health and well-being. This means that more than regular brushing and flossing, it’s important that you also visit your dentist every six months for dental examinations and professional cleanings.

But what really goes on in a routine dental cleaning and how different is it from regular tooth brushing and flossing?

  1. Dental exam. Once you get on your local dentist’s office, you will be led to the dental chair where you will also be interviewed about your dental history. Your dentist will also check your entire mouth, especially your teeth and gums for any potential problems.
  2. Removing build-up. Food debris and bacteria can build up in your teeth, causing plaque and tartar. These may not be effectively removed by normal tooth brushing, especially when the tartar develops around the gum line. Your dentist will scrape these off using a scaler, and you may experience some bleeding, which you can rinse off.
  3. Power brushing. Your dentist will then use a high-powered electric brush and gritty toothpaste for professional cleaning and polishing of your teeth.
  4. Professional flossing. Your dentist is in a good position to see where you may have missed flossing. This part of your routine dental cleaning helps get a deep clean in between your teeth.
  5. Rinse. Give your mouth a final rinse to get rid of any debris. This rinse usually contains liquid fluoride to keep your teeth strong and healthy.
  6. Flouride treatment. Your dentist may also give your teeth a fluoride treatment. A fluoride gel is put on a mouthpiece which is then placed on over your teeth.

Give your teeth and gums some loving. Think of routine dental cleaning as a spa for your mouth.

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