After a Tooth Extraction: Caring for Your Mouth

After a Tooth Extraction: Caring for Your Mouth

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You must take care of your mouth after having a tooth removed (extracted). You could feel better and heal more quickly if you took specific actions, even on the first day.

Control bleeding

Bite firmly on the gauze that was applied by your dentist to help reduce bleeding. An in-tooth blood clot is formed with the aid of pressure. Try biting on a standard tea bag if you’re bleeding profusely. Blood clot formation is aided by the tannic acid in tea. While the bleeding is occurring, bite on the tea bag or the gauze. On the first day, there may be some minor bleeding.

Reduce suffering

Take prescription medication as instructed to reduce any discomfort. When taking painkillers, avoid operating a vehicle since you can feel sleepy. If necessary, enquire with your dentist about using over-the-counter medication.

minimize swelling

Apply an ice compress to the extraction site on your cheek to decrease swelling. Ice may be compressed into an ice pack by placing it in a plastic bag and covering it with a thin cloth. For 10 minutes, apply the ice pack to your cheek. for 5 minutes, then remove it. As necessary, repeat. On your face, you could see minor bruises. It will naturally pass; this is typical.

Get enough rest.

Limit your activity for 24 hours after an extraction. Go to bed early and rest during the day. Elevate your head a little when lying down.


The following suggestions will aid in the healing of your mouth.

  • Consume soft, nutritious meals as snacks. Likewise, hydrate yourself well.
  • Brush your teeth gently. Do not brush the area around the extraction. Use no toothpaste, either. The blood clot could be moved by rinsing toothpaste out of your mouth.
  • Do keep the extraction site clean. You might be able to rinse your mouth carefully after 12 hours. 1 teaspoon of salt in a glass of water should be used to rinse four times each day. First, check with your dentist.


You should stay away from the following during your recovery.

  • Don’t drink with a straw. The blood clot could get loose by sucking on a straw.
  • Don’t drink hot liquids. Drinking hot liquids could exacerbate edema. Drink moderately. Abuse of alcohol may make rehabilitation more difficult.
  • Don’t smoke. Smoking could dissolve the blood clot. A painful tooth socket may result from this.

Caution: very gently rinse your mouth. If not, the blood clot might get dislodged.

Call your dentist 

If you experience any of the following, contact your dentist right away:

  • The day following your extraction, your pain worsens.
  • It becomes challenging to stop the bleeding.
  • The area surrounding the extraction site swells even worse.
  • Following the use of medication, itching or rashes often appear.