Extractions are one of the most common dental procedures performed for children, especially those who are undergoing tooth-realignment or bite adjustment. Dr. Rhea E. Radford of Radford Dental Wellness for Young People has several key pieces of advice for handling the after-effects which are often experienced by children who have had an extraction performed on their teeth.
First off, you’ll want to keep the mouth dry in the time immediately after the operation. The mouth should remain dry for several hours before rinsing can be allowed. You’ll also want to make sure that your child keeps their fingers or tongues away from the area upon which the extraction took place.
When it comes to things to avoid, make sure that no carbonated beverages are consumed for the rest of the day after the operation. Don’t use straws for drinking, either, as jabbing the extraction area could cause discomfort. Most importantly, watch any child who’s had an extraction to ensure that they’re not excessively scratching or rubbing the affected area absent-mindedly or while they sleep.
If you see some bleeding in the affected area, don’t be alarmed! A minor amount of bleeding is normal and to be expected. To staunch any extra bleeding, simply use a pad of gauze or a teabag and have the child bite down to apply pressure to the affected area. Fifteen minutes of pressure should be enough time to stop excessive bleeding.
Furthermore, although children may be hungry after the operation, only provide them with soft foods that do not need to be thoroughly chewed before swallowing. This minimizes the chance that small pieces of food will become stuck in the extraction area or that discomfort will be experienced during the chewing process.
If pain medication is necessary for sleep or for comfort, there are a few different medicines available from grocery outlets or pharmacies. These include Children’s Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin and should be used according to their specifications on their bottles. In the event that different, special medication was prescribed by Radford Dental Wellness for Young People, simply follow the instructions provided and do not give your child more of any medication than what is directed.
If you have any more questions, feel free to call Radford Dental Wellness for Young People. Our team will do our best to answer any questions or concerns that you may have. We look forward to meeting you in our office!