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How to Care for Yourself After a Tooth Extraction in Etobicoke

November 28, 2020
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Posted By: Dr. Stella Shin
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Having a tooth extracted doesn't have to be an ordeal when you know how to have a smooth recovery. Here are some tips for taking care of yourself after tooth extraction in Etobicoke. And remember, your caring dental team at Toronto Lakeshore Dental is here to help you throughout your extraction and recovery process.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

You will need to take extra steps and precautions right after your surgery to help the healing process. Here are a few tips:

  • Don't remove your gauze for a couple of hours - Keep your gauze in place after your surgery to help create a blood clot.
  • Use ice on any swollen areas for 15 to 20 minutes at a time.
  • Eat only soft foods for the first 24 hours after your surgery.
  • No smoking or drinking from a straw for at least three days (this could cause a dry socket).
  • Avoid rinsing your mouth for 24 hours.

You can take pain medication as directed and also keep your head elevated when sleeping if possible. Avoid exercise as directed after your surgery to prevent bleeding in your extraction site.

Foods to Eat After Tooth Extraction

Many people wonder what they can eat after having a tooth removed. Sticking to soft foods for the first day or two after is highly recommended. Some ideas for a soft diet are:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Blended soups - think tomato or butternut squash without bits to irritate your extraction site.
  • Oatmeal
  • Mashed bananas
  • Healthy smoothies
  • Avacado
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Applesauce

Some foods will irritate your extraction site. Think crunchy, crumbly, chewy, or spicy foods. Seeds and nuts could lodge in your extraction site and impair healing. It's also best to avoid alcohol during your recovery process.

Contact Our Etobicoke Office If You Have Any Questions

Remember, if you have questions or concerns about anything that's happening during your recovery process, don't hesitate to call your Etobicoke dentist right away (416) 503-3335. We're here to help!