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Getting your tooth pulled isn’t something that is fun or enjoyable, but it is often necessary. To help you make the best out of the situation and refrain from creating any complications with the treatment, we are happy to give you the instructions on properly caring for your oral cavity after tooth extraction. Please be sure to rest for a few days and do the following:

• Continue to brush your teeth and tongue, but be gentle around the area that was treated.

• Eat soft, comforting foods, like soup, ice cream, and pudding, and do not use a straw.

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

• Prop your head up with pillows. This will help slow the bleeding.

• Do not smoke.

• Try not to participate in any physical activity. This could increase the bleeding.

• Make sure to change the gauze pads in your mouth before they become completely soaked in blood.

• After 24 hours, rinse your mouth with warm salt water multiple times a day. Doing so will relieve the pain and reduce swelling. You can make your own salt water by mixing 1 tsp of salt into 8 FL Oz of water. Simply swish the liquid in your mouth for about 30 seconds and spit it into the sink when the time is up.

• Ice the area with an ice or cold pack and take the medications your doctor prescribed to you to reduce pain and swelling.

If you need help or if something seems wrong, please call our office as soon as possible. We are here to help you in any way we can!