CARE OF THE MOUTH AFTER EXTRACTIONS
1. DO NOT RINSE mouth for 24 hours. the day after the extraction, rinse mouth gently with 1/2 teaspoon of table salt in an 8-ounce glass of very warm water (after meals).
2. KEEP FINGERS AND TONGUE away from socket.
3. BLEEDING. Some bleeding following tooth extraction is to be expected. If unusual, place a wet sterile gauze pad or a clean washcloth firmly over the site of the extraction, and bite down or hold in place with pressure for 20 minutes. Repeat if necessary.
4. SWELLING. Use a plastic bag or towel filled with ice against affected area for 5 minutes on and 10 minutes off for one hour. Swelling may start after tooth has been removed but is no cause for alarm.
5. FOOD. Light diet avoiding hot liquids is advisable during the first 24 hours. Do not drink from a straw for the first 24 hours.
6. BONY EDGES. Small sharp bone fragments may work up through the gums during healing. These are not roots; if annoying, return to the office for their simple removal.
7. MEDICATIONS. If antibiotics are prescribed, take full amount of medication, even though symptoms have disappeared. For mild or average pain, use any non-aspirin type of medication you like.
8. ORAL HYGIENE. Do not clean teeth next to the healing tooth socket for the rest of the day. You should, however, brush and floss your other teeth thoroughly. Gently rinse your mouth afterwards. The tongue should also be brushed. This will eliminate the bad breath and unpleasant taste that is common after an extraction.
9. In case of unusual symptoms, call the office immediately.
10. No smoking or chewing tobacco for 24 hours.