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If your tooth is diseased, injured, or crowding other teeth, your dentist may recommend extracting it from your mouth. After this procedure, your mouth will start to form a blood clot in the extraction area, allowing the healing process to begin. Over time, your mouth will fill the space where the tooth root was. However, in order for your mouth to heal properly after a tooth extraction, you need to protect it.

Avoid Irritants

If the oral tissue becomes irritated, then the healing process after an extraction may be delayed. Hot or crunchy foods can irritate this tissue as well as tobacco and alcohol.

Don’t Disrupt The Blood Clot Formation

When the blood from the extraction clots, it allows the tissue to begin healing. Using a straw can disrupt this formation as can rinsing your mouth. Avoid these actions for 24 hours after the extraction.

Keep Your Mouth Clean

In order for the extraction site to heal, it needs to stay clean. Avoid chewing food near the extraction site to prevent debris from getting into the healing tissue. You should still continue brushing and flossing your teeth, but not the teeth surrounding the extraction area.

Watch For Problems

Some bleeding is common after this procedure and can be prevented by holding your head up and avoiding exercise. However, if there is still bleeding, then bite down on a gauze pad to apply pressure to the area. Contact your dentist if the bleeding still won’t stop, if you develop swelling, or if the pain from the extraction is very severe.