When getting any dental procedure done, it’s common to ask questions and be unsure of what steps to take after it’s complete. Most dental professionals will inform you of the next steps to take after any procedure or treatment is undergone. With procedures such as tooth extraction, it’s important for care to be cautious for a couple of weeks after the procedure. If not, infections and other issues could pop up, making the healing process longer than it needs to be.

Some of the don’ts will be covered later in this article but, what isn’t talked about enough is some of the dos of tooth extraction. Many people don’t know that tooth extraction can be a bit taxing on many people and definitely causes pain afterward. This means that pain medication is often sent home with the patient to last a few days in order for the majority of the pain to pass. This means you should allow yourself to rest for the next couple days after having a tooth extracted. You will be glad you did and so will your body. Try not to mess with the tooth extraction area and let the blood clot so that it can heal. Ice packs are also a great idea as they will help with swelling and pain.

It’s very important that you not use a straw or items you have to suck on such as a vape, cigarette, etc. This sucking motion can cause your tooth extraction area to gain dry socket which can make you feel even sicker while adding more pain. Dry socket just means that the blood clot didn’t form right or was some how dislodged from the tooth extraction area. This can leave bones or nerves exposed which is what causes the pain and feeling of sickness. If this occurs, you’ll want to contact your dental professional. Of course, the best thing is to avoid sucking motions, solid foods, and vigorous rinsing for at least a couple of days after the procedure.

Some other don’ts to pay attention to is your brushing habits. It’s definitely important to brush your teeth however, do so gently. If you’re rinsing, do so gently as well. It’s suggested you don’t rinse, if possible, until two days after the tooth extraction. After this, it’s important to rinse your mouth with a saline, or salt and warm water mixture, a few times a day. This removes any food particles or harmful bacteria in the mouth and in/around the extraction area. If you don’t keep your mouth clean, this could cause infection to set in which will only cause more dental work to be done.

Overall, basic common sense works well when it comes to dental hygiene after tooth extraction. You never want to eat solid foods aright after the procedure, take your medicine as the dentist prescribes, don’t take aspirin, and if you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to call your dental professional before proceeding.