Your Bridgeport & Huntington, CT Area Pediatric Dentist
At Commerce Park Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics, our doctors are committed to providing your child quality dental and orthodontic care. We have two area offices serving residents of Bridgeport and Huntington, Connecticut, and the surrounding area. Our talented team is made up of several pediatric dentists as well as orthodontic specialists who can address a wide variety of needs.
Among our many advanced procedures, tooth extraction is one of the most common, and parents often have questions about aftercare. Below, you will find tips for mouth care following a tooth extraction.
Mouth Care Tips After An Extraction
Use the following guidelines to help your child’s mouth heal properly and avoid unneeded pain.
Do NOT rinse your mouth on the first day - On the second day, rinse gently every 3 to 4 hours, especially after meals, using a one-quarter teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water. Continue rinsing for several days.
- Bleeding - Following any extraction, some bleeding is to be expected. If persistent or excessive bleeding occurs, place gauze pads over bleeding area and bite down firmly for about one-half hour. Repeat if necessary.
- Swelling – An ice bag or a cold moist cloth should be applied periodically to the operated area. We may give you more specific instructions on how long and how often to use a cold compress.
- Pain – For mild to moderate pain, use any non-aspirin of medication of your choice following the directions on the bottle.
- Food – A light diet is advisable during the first 24 hours.
- Bony Edges – Occasionally, small sharp bone fragments may work up through the gums during healing. While these are not roots, if they are particularly annoying, you may return to our office for simple removal.
If any other unusual symptoms occur, please call the office immediately to schedule an appointment.
Schedule Your Appointment With Us Today!
We thank you for choosing Park Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics to care for your child’s oral health care needs. If you have questions following an extraction, please contact our office, and a team member will be happy to assist you. You may also find helpful information on our dentistry FAQ page. When you are ready to begin treatment, schedule an appointment with your nearest office. We look forward to meeting you!