- The first 24 hours after an extraction:
- DO NOT RINSE the mouth
- Do not drink through a straw
- No hard play for the first day
- Pain: If the patient has pain, take Tylenol or Ibuprofen as directed on the bottle based on the child’s weight or age. Keep fingers and tongue away from the extraction area. Do not bite, suck or rub the lips or cheeks while they feel numb or stiff.
- Bleeding: Some bleeding is expected but should stop or slow down after 10 to 15 minutes of biting pressure on the piece of gauze. If bleeding persists, stay in a sitting position and make a small pad of several pieces of gauze. Place over the extraction area and bite down for another 30 minutes. Repeat if necessary. If heavy bleeding continues, please contact our office immediately.
- Swelling: If the face swells, apply an ice bag or cold cloth against the cheek for 10 minutes, leave off for 10 minutes and repeat. Never use heat after an extraction.
- Food: A soft diet is recommended during the first 24 hours.
- Next day: Rinse mouth gently with 2 teaspoons of salt mixed in a glass of lukewarm water and brush teeth as usual.
Please do not hesitate to contact our office with any questions or concerns.
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