Having a tooth extracted is generally not going to be something that most people look forward to, but unfortunately it is something that is sometimes required. Whether you are getting wisdom teeth removed that have grown in or are impacted, or if you are having a tooth removed that is infected or dead, you are going to need to go through a recovery process. During your recovery, it is very important that you do certain things to ensure that it is a successful recovery for you. This is not only going to make your recovery a successful one, but it can sometimes even speed up the process so that you are back to normal, and pain free, sooner than you originally thought. This article is going to discuss 2 tips for recovering from a tooth extraction.
Salt Water Rinses
After the surgical site has had a day or so to heal, it is going to be an excellent idea to start doing salt water rinses. These rinses are going to help the space where your tooth has been removed to not only stay free from infection, but can also help the wound itself to heal. To create a salt water rinse you are simply going to mix a small amount of salt, around a teaspoon, with a glass of lukewarm water. It is important the water is not hot because this can cause pain to the open wound or wounds in your mouth. You will then want to softly swish this water around in your mouth, and then gently spit it into the sink. Doing this a couple of times a day is going to be the most effective at keeping the extraction site clean and helping it to heal.
Use Gauze In Abundance
When you have a tooth removed, there is going to be a great deal of blood that comes out of the extraction site while it is healing. This blood is also going to be doubled or even tripled, depending on how many teeth you had removed. Because there is so much blood, it is important that you use gauze to soak a lot of it up. Using gauze will stop the blood from filling your mouth and running down your throat. Since this is something that can make you very sick, it is important that you not only use a lot of gauze, but also that you replace it regularly so that it is soaking up all of the blood effectively.