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Baby, Toddler & Older Children’s Tooth Extraction Procedure, Pain & Aftercare; What to Expect

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Is your child due for a tooth extraction? You may be wondering what to expect and how to help your child after the procedure is done. Smile Reef knows that every parent wants to comfort and help in their child’s healing process. That is why Smile Reef will share what to expect right after your child has completed a tooth extraction and how you can best care for them after the procedure.

Numbness After a Tooth Extraction

Right after your child is done with his or her extraction, they will still have some numbness. Depending on the amount of anesthesia your child was given will determine how long the numbness will last. While your child’s mouth is numb, you will need to help them refrain from biting down on their tongue or cheek. Often the dentist will advise the parent to only allow the child to have liquids until the numbness wears off. Where liquids are allowed, we also want to warn you not to let them drink from a straw. Drinking from the straw could cause blood clots to dislodge and interfere with the healing process. If the numbness has lasted longer than a few hours after the procedure, contact the pediatric dental care office.

How to Stop Bleeding After Tooth Extraction; How Long to Leave in Gauze?

After the tooth has been extracted, the dentist will place gauze over the extraction site. This is applied to stop bleeding and help make blood clot faster. The gauze shouldn’t be removed until 45 minutes after leaving the office. If the bleeding continues, fold a piece of gauze to make it thicker then dampen it with warm water and place it over the extracted tooth. Next, have your child bite down on the gauze to create pressure on the extraction site. Repeat every 30 minutes until the bleeding has stopped. If you can’t get the bleeding to stop after an hour then contact the pediatric dental care office for additional help.

Blood Clot After Tooth Extraction

Blood clots are very important to your child’s recovery. The blood clot will form over the socket of the extracted tooth that enhances the healing process and stops further bleeding. Be sure you don’t allow your child to do any strenuous activity or drink from a straw or rinse their mouth vigorously for at least 24 hours after the procedure. The blood clot could dislodge and the socket will begin to bleed and slow down the healing process.

Swelling After Tooth Extraction

There might be some swelling and slight discomfort for the next few days following the extraction. You can help soothe your child’s mouth by applying ice to the side of the jaw that is affected, for about 20 minutes at a time and as often as needed. Of course if these symptoms last more then two or three days, contact the pediatric dental care office for more help.

How Long After Tooth Extraction Can You Child Eat Normal Food

Your child’s diet after the extraction should consist of soft foods and plenty of liquids for the next 24 hours. Also try to avoid hot drinks. Solid food can be introduced the next day. Have them avoid chewing on the side of the mouth with the extraction site until the sensitivity goes away.

Brushing Teeth After Tooth Extraction

Your child will need to avoid cleaning their teeth too close to the extraction site for the first day. That doesn’t mean not flossing or brushing. You just want to avoid the blood clot for the first 24 hours after the procedure. For the next few days have your child rinse their mouth with warm water and salt. This helps keep the extraction site clean and protected from infections.

Pediatric Tooth Extraction Recovery

As any loving parent or guardian, we want to help our child through their healing process and to comfort them the best way we can. Smile Reef hopes for a quick recovery. Should you have any other questions or concerns, contact Smile Reef today.

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How to Prepare Teeth & Gums for Braces; Things to Do Before Your Child Gets Braces for the First Time

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Every parent thinks their child is perfect and usually they are; but no one can control how their teeth come in. Many children at some point in their life should see an orthodontist to evaluate how their teeth are growing in and what needs to be done to correct them. But there are some milestones that a child needs to reach in order to start their actual orthodontic care. While you are waiting for these milestones to hit you can do some work with your child to prepare them for the upcoming treatment. Making your child feel ready for their treatment can make the entire experience better for them and you. The process of braces is not a short amount of time for a child; and will usually amount to several years.

Smile Reef Lists How to Prepare for Braces

Routine Dental Exams: There are many people that have a fear of the dentist and therefore choose to not go to the dentist’s office regularly. When you do this, you are not fixing very small and minor tooth problems until they are major issues and develop into a toothache. These more involved dental procedures are intimidating and often avoidable. For example, it is much less traumatic to have your teeth checked and cleaned than to need a root canal or tooth extraction! Be sure that your child is taken to the dentist on a regular basis to have exams and cleanings done. Good oral hygiene is a great way to have your teeth ready for orthodontic care. It can also get your child more comfortable with having their teeth and mouth looked at and worked on.
Start Dental & Orthodontic Care Early: Although age is not a factor for orthodontic care, the earlier you start the better. The orthodontist can look at the growth of the teeth under that gums as well as the alignment of the bite to make some early determinations. There are some procedures that can be done before all their adult teeth have grown in to make orthodontic care an easier process. The child will also get to know the orthodontist and the staff so that they have a good experience when they are there.
Let Your Child Know What to Expect: It’s a good idea to make sure your child knows what to expect and when. It is best for the child to know there are many foods they should stay away from. Often patients experience tender gums and discomfort as their teeth straighten. Remind them often that when this happens, it is very temporary and should subside in a day or two. Poor brushing habits can also lead to sensitive teeth as the failure to remove plaque can break down the tooth enamel so instituting good oral hygiene habits now is a great idea.
Importance of Good Oral Hygiene: Good oral hygiene is important for everyone but requires more diligence when wearing braces. Smile Reef will instruct your child on how to correctly and thoroughly brush and floss to help prevent cavities and gum disease. Brushing too firmly can wear down gum tissue when brushing too soft will likely not remove plaque buildup. Your child needs to learn correct brushing now as it will get harder when they are wearing braces.
Talk About The Results: As their teeth are changing it is always a great idea to talk about the final outcome. The teeth will change often through the process but the end result will be a confident and healthy smile.

Pediatric Dentistry

Smile Reef focuses solely on
dentistry for children. We are proud to cater to kids of all ages and also provide special needs dentistry to ensure all children receive the unique dental care they need. Contact us to schedule your next appointment!

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