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Teeth sometimes need to be extracted because of disease, crowding, or injury. The extraction is done to protect oral health, but there are some steps that need to taken in order to continue protecting oral health in the days immediately following the tooth extraction.

  • Avoid activities that increase your blood pressure because this can cause more bleeding in the extraction site.
  • Keep your head above your heart to prevent excess bleeding.
  • Do not rinse your mouth vigorously for 24 hours after the extraction. Afterwards this time, you may gently rinse your mouth with salt water.
  • Do not drink through a straw for 24 hours after the extraction because doing so could disrupt the blood clot formation.
  • Do not brush and floss the teeth neighboring the extraction site.
  • Avoid chewing food near the extraction site.
  • If you experience swelling, press a cold compress to your face and contact your dentist.
  • If bleeding does not stop, then apply pressure to the area by biting down on a gauze pad. If bleeding still does not discontinue, then contact your dentist.
  • Follow the diet your dentist recommends in the days following the tooth extraction.
  • Avoid smoking tobacco or drinking alcohol because these substances can irritate oral tissue and delay healing.