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Post Tooth Extraction Home Care Tips

After you've had your tooth extracted, it is important to take proper care to ensure a smooth recovery.

Bleeding is natural and is a required part of the healing process. Most of the initial bleeding is usually resolved after the first couple of hours following an extraction but patients should expect an "oozing" of blood for 24 hrs. This oozing of blood is not active bleeding but may discolor the saliva pink.

Bite on gauze for 20 minutes to stop bleeding. If bleeding continues, gently remove the gauze and place another gauze. Continue to apply light pressure.

As the blood clot begins to form be careful not to tear it out by gently removing the gauze and wetting the gauze if necessary. Removal of the blood clot will result in renewed bleeding. AIf you have prolonged bleeding you may try steeping a tea bag and gently biting on the tea bag. This is a common home remedy to help stop bleeding.

Remember that for the first 24 hours after tooth extraction, avoid smoking, drinking alcohol and carbonated beverages. More importantly take it easy!

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