If you’ve just had a tooth extracted, then chances are that you’ll want to forget the whole ordeal ASAP. But don’t throw caution to the wind as soon as the procedure’s been performed: it’s actually in the post-extraction stage that you need to be most vigilant about your still-healing mouth.
We’ve compiled some of the most important tips about tooth extraction aftercare and recovery for you below, so read up, and you’ll be feeling good as new in no time!
We’ll start with the “don’ts” of post-extraction care (and they’re pretty self-evident). Basically, you need to avoid vigorous mouth-rinsing, rough teeth-brushing, smoking or anything else that might affect the open clot that your extracted tooth has left exposed. You don’t want to prolong your pain, so lay off these habits for the duration of your recovery.
If you want to know more about what not to do after having a tooth pulled, then bad hygiene would be at the top of said list. Because your extraction site is still raw and exposed to bacteria, the act of failing to clean the area according to your dentist’s recommendations will significantly compromise a quick recovery. It’s especially important to keep up with cleaning if you suffer from alveolar osteitis – a.k.a. “dry socket” – after your surgery, a common condition which can lead to increased pain if not treated and re-dressed daily.