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5 Tips for Helping Your Child Heal from a Tooth Extraction

November 7, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — clearcoastdental @ 3:03 am
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Let’s be honest—getting a tooth pulled isn’t enjoyable. Yet, sometimes it’s necessary for the best oral health. And guess what? It’s not just adults who go through it; kids do too. If your child has a tooth extraction coming up, you might wonder how to make their recovery smooth and pain-free. Keep reading to learn five tips from your dentist to help you do just that!

Tip #1: Be Mindful of Numbness

After your child’s tooth extraction, their mouth will be numb for a few hours. It’s crucial to remind them not to bite down on their tongue or cheeks during this time to prevent accidental injuries. Offer drinks and liquid foods until the anesthesia completely wears off. If your child’s numbness persists beyond a few hours, reach out to their dentist promptly.

Tip #2: Protect the Blood Clot

The blood clot forming at the extraction site is crucial for healing. In the first 24 hours post-extraction, ensure your child protects the blood clot by advising them to refrain from activities that might dislodge it, like rinsing their mouth, using a straw, or engaging in vigorous physical activity.

Tip #3: Soothe Any Swelling and Pain

After the extraction, your child might feel some mild discomfort and swelling for a few days. You can help alleviate this by applying cold compresses or ice packs to their face for around 20 minutes at a time. Over-the-counter pain relievers can also be used for mild pain. If these symptoms persist, it’s essential to contact your child’s dentist promptly.

Tip #4: Address Their Diet

It’s important for your child to stick to a diet of liquids and soft foods right after their tooth extraction. Avoid letting them use a straw or consume hot foods and drinks. As the days pass, you can slowly reintroduce solid foods if your child can chew comfortably, but initially, have them avoid chewing on the side of the extracted tooth.

Tip #5: Show Caution When Cleaning

Ensure your child avoids cleaning the teeth near the extraction site for the first 24 hours after the procedure (they can still brush and floss their other teeth as usual). From the next day onward, they can resume regular cleaning for the extracted tooth area and use a warm saltwater mixture for gentle mouth rinsing. This helps prevent infection and significantly enhances the healing process!

Getting a tooth pulled is no easy feat, regardless of age! However, understanding how to assist your child in recovering from a tooth extraction will guarantee a happy and healthy smile for the times to come.

About the Practice

Clear Coast Dental, headed by Dr. Akbar, Dr. Herr, Dr. Luccio, Dr. Neelley, and their team, is committed to delivering outstanding dental care to patients in Edison. They are delighted to provide various services, including tooth extractions for developing smiles. To schedule an appointment with one of their four skilled dentists or to explore more about extractions for your child, feel free to visit their website or contact their office at (508) 997-1030.

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