Congratulations! You’ve successfully had a dental extraction, one of the most feared dental procedures. So what should you do now that the worst is over? Below are some of the precautions, do’s and don’ts that you have to observe right after you’ve had a tooth pulled.
Maintaining your dental hygiene.
It’s important for you to continue cleaning your mouth right after the dental extraction in order to deter the unchecked proliferation of bacteria inside your mouth. Too much bacteria can increase your chances of having an infected socket. While brushing is allowed, for as long as you stay away from the exposed socket, rinsing with mouthwash or even saline solution is not allowed. The reason for this is because gargling can cause the blood clot found in the socket to become dislodged which can lead to bleeding.
Limit your diet.
Another thing which you need to take note of is your diet. Immediately right after the extraction procedure, the anesthesia will take some time before it can wear off. Because your gums and surrounding tissues would be all numb, you might have all the will in the world to chug down a piping hot cup of coffee all in one draft simply because you did not feel the real temperature of the drink. This will result in scalding of your mouth.
Another think which you have to cut from your diet for at least one day is alcohol. Alcohol can retard your ability to clot and can cause spontaneous bleeding of the socket.
Preventing bleeding episodes.
People who are prone to bleeding and those who take a long time to clot should go to bed with their heads slightly elevated. Doing so will help to arrest any minor bleeding which happens throughout the night. And don’t probe the socket so much using your tongue since this can only cause the blood clot to suddenly dislodge.
If bleeding does occur, which will usually happen a day after the extraction, the important thing is to keep calm. Even the slightest bleeding episodes can look concerning since the blood is often mixed with saliva. Don’t rinse with water if you notice any bleeding but bite firmly on a piece of cotton or a clean and soft material such as a handkerchief. The bleeding should stop within an hour or two after applying pressure. If it doesn’t, then call your dentist for an emergency appointment.