Dental Guide: 10 Facts To Consider Post-Tooth Extraction

Many of us have had to experience the aftermath of a tooth extraction sometime or the other in our lives. Those who minutely followed the post extraction directives provided by the dentist might not have suffered too much of an issue in the recovery phase. However, there are plenty of us for whom it was not a complete smooth sailing. Given below is the course of action one should ideally take during the recovery period, immediately after an extraction is done.

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Things To Keep In Mind Immediately After An Extraction:

  1. The first thing to do is to take it easy for the rest of the day. Exercises and workout should kept limited and emphasis should be laid on resting for the better part of the day.

  2. One should avoid hot food or drinks initially. Due to dental sedation, one might not feel any pain or sensation till the anaesthetic wears off and as a result, one might end up burning his mouth.

  3. It is advisable to not eat on the side of the extraction site for the first day and a half. This might damage the blood clot and increase the chances of an infection in the socket. This will hamper the healing procedure.

  4. One should keep his head higher at night while sleeping to resist any kind of bleeding. Just as a precaution, sleeping with a towel on the pillow is wise in case there is bleeding.

  5. For the first 24 hours especially, alcohol should be avoided at any cost. Alcohol can encourage more bleeding, which is not prescribed at all. It can also have a detrimental impact on the overall healing process.

  6. After an extraction is done, it is imperative to maintain dental hygiene by brushing at regular intervals. But, one needs to be careful with the extraction site and undertake measures to not further damage the wound.

  7. A little bit of bleeding is normal post a tooth extraction. In such a case, a little bit of pressure should be applied to the socket to stop the bleeding. Ideally, placing a folded piece of handkerchief directly over the extraction site and biting on it for around 15 minutes should work.

  8. One should not do anything that increases the blood pressure as it leads to further bleeding. So, for the first 36 hours at least after the extraction, one should avoid smoking cigarettes.

  9. One should expect some tenderness and pain for the first few days after the tooth extraction is done. Simple pain relief pills should ease the discomfort in such cases. It has to be kept in mind that anything containing aspirin should be avoided as it can thin the blood slightly. As a result, one might experience further bleeding. It’s best to consult the doctor or the dentist before deciding to have any pill.

  10. Another source of severe pain is when one acquires infection in the socket. In such a case, there is no blood clot in the socket and the bony socket walls are exposed and become infected. This particular pain can sometimes be worse than a toothache as small pieces of bone work their way to the surface of the socket. A visit to the dentist is a must at this time as he might place a dressing in the socket or even prescribe a course of antibiotics in order to gain relief from the infection.

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Dental Tips – ‘How to ensure Dental Hygiene’

Whether the objective is to maintain the standard of teeth, have the prettiest of smiles or stay away from serious dental diseases, dental hygiene is significant. Regularly visiting clinics to the dentist for treatment is fine, but a lot has got to do with how we personally attend to our teeth on a regular basis in order to ensure a high degree of dental hygiene. One should adhere to the following.

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Know the fundamentals of brushing & flossing

Yes we all know that brushing everyday is important. But it shouldn’t be for the sake of it. One should brush keeping in mind all the important technicalities. The ideal brush would be a one with soft bristles which fits perfectly into the back corners of the mouth. The bristles should be used at an angle of 45 degrees and the brush should be used in an up-and-down motion consistently. However, brushing can turn out to be ineffective sometimes. This is where flossing is important. Flossing can remove substances from the greater depths of the teeth where the bristles might not reach. Dental flossing is highly recommendable and should be done at least once everyday.

Fluoride Toothpaste and Mouthwash

It is always advisable that fluoride toothpaste is used on a regular basis. This is because fluoride is an essential nutrient that considerably slows up the process of tooth decay. However, in the case of mouthwash, it should be used before brushing as any non-fluoride mouthwash used after brushing tends to wash away the fluoride content in the teeth. Another option that one can avail is using fluoride mouthwash after brushing to help retain the fluoride levels in the teeth. And if someone wants to use a mouthwash without fluoride, he might as well use it before brushing or several hours after.

Things to Avoid

One should stay away from things that constantly contribute to dental pollution. Among the things that top the list are tobacco, alcohol, Coffee, etc. Apart from the worst case scenario of mouth cancer, tobacco can damage dental health by accumulating nicotine stains on the teeth and considerably deteriorating mouth odour. On the other hand, beverages like soda and alcohol can result in diminishing levels of calcium in the body due to high levels of phosphorous content. One should look to avoid too much intake of these things on a consistent basis.

Calcium and Vitamins are important

Dental care can be undertaken not only with regards to what we do to our teeth but also the food we take in on a regular basis. Calcium intake is important for the health of the teeth as well as the bones in our body. Favourable options for calcium consumption include milk, other dairy products, yogurt, broccoli, etc. Depending on the age of the individual, one might avail calcium doses or supplements too. Vitamin D is also essential in the protection of gums. Other things that contribute to dental hygiene include potassium, iodine, etc.

Don’t forget to clean your tongue

We often lay so much emphasis on cleaning our tongue that we forget the fact that we have a tongue too and it requires equal amount of cleaning and care. Halitosis is a state of bad breath and not cleaning the tongue regularly can easily lead to it. This is because bacteria keeps accumulating on the top surface of the tongue and if left unattended, it can lead to foul breath. Thus, keeping the tongue clean is equally important to ensure a good dental hygiene.