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Did you just get a tooth pulled? If so, the next few days are vital if you want to completely restore the health of your oral cavity. During this recovery period, it is very important to rest for at least three days. If you don’t rest or follow the provided instructions, you could end up suffering from dry socket or infection. So, please rest and do the following things to have the best recovery possible:

• Relive pain and swelling by icing the area and taking the painkillers the doctor prescribes.

• Make sure you relax and you do not participate in any physical activity for three days. Physical activities could increase the bleeding.

• Rinse your mouth with warm salt water after 24 hours. Do this several times a day to cleanse the treated area, reduce the swelling, and relieve the pain. You can make your own salt water by mixing 1 tsp of salt into 8 FL Oz of water. Simply sip the water into your mouth, swish it around for about 30 seconds, and spit the liquid into the sink.

• Change the gauze pads before they become full with blood.

• Do not smoke and do not use a straw.

• Only eat soft, comforting foods, like pudding, ice cream, and soup. Once your mouth starts healing, you can gradually begin eating more solid foods.

• Do not rub or touch the treated area with your tongue.

• Brush your teeth and tongue regularly.

Please feel free to call our office if you have any questions. We are more than happy to help you!