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Care After Getting Tooth Pulled

Most people’s mouths are just too crowded for those pesky wisdom teeth to grow in.  But however valid the reason is that you get a tooth or two pulled, you might regret the decision soon afterward.

Getting a tooth pulled is painful! But you can manage the pain and quicken recovery if you take a few, simple steps. Here are tips for care after getting tooth pulled.

First and foremost, don’t wait until you’re in horrendous pain to call up the dentist. The sooner you get that troublesome tooth pulled, the faster your recovery will be.  But now that you have that tooth MIA, what do you do next?

Medication is the most obvious answer. Tylenol and Advil are both excellent over-the-counter pain relievers for a toothache or lack-of-tooth ache. But the best care (after getting tooth pulled) will come in the form of a cold ice pack wrapped in a soft towel. Press this against your mouth to prevent swelling and pain. After a day or so of this (only apply the ice for 20 minutes at a time though), you can move on to saltwater.

Unfortunately that doesn’t mean go to the beach. Instead, after you’ve rested for a day, make a habit of gargling warm saltwater. Saltwater is certainly not the tastiest, but not only will it alleviate some of the pain, it will also help to keep your mouth clean so as to prevent infection.

These are all great steps for care after getting tooth pulled and in addition to soothing your pain, they also speed up the healing process so you are back on your feet in no time.  


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