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April 12, 2024

5 Gentle Recovery Secrets: Helping Your Child After a Tooth Extraction

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_bannan @ 6:47 pm
Child smiling with their parent after tooth extraction

As a parent, seeing your child go through a tooth extraction can be stressful. Watching them lose a tooth can be just as hard on you as it is on them to lose it! While there’s little you can do during the procedure to help, there are several ways you can support their recovery. If you want to learn the best ways to assist your child after tooth extraction, continue reading!

1. Follow Post-Extraction Instructions

Your child’s dentist will provide specific post-extraction care instructions. Make sure to follow these guidelines carefully as they may include advice on many aspects of your child’s recovery. This will also include a list of “don’ts” to keep their mouth healthy such as not drinking through straws.

2. Offer a Soft Food Diet

After a tooth extraction, your child’s mouth may be sensitive. Soft and easy-to-chew foods that are nutritious and won’t irritate the extraction site are vital to early recovery. Mashed potatoes, yogurt, smoothies, bananas, and warm soup are all great for getting them the nutrition they need. Try to avoid giving them hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that could disturb the healing process.

3. Keep Up with Oral Care

Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial for preventing infection and promoting healing. Help your child gently brush their teeth, avoiding the extraction site, for the first few days after the procedure. They can also gently rinse their mouth with salt water after each meal (don’t let them spit!). This will remove food particles and reduce bacteria in their mouth.

4. Use a Cold Compress

Swelling and discomfort are common after a tooth extraction. Applying a cold compress to the outside of your child’s cheek near the extraction site can help reduce inflammation and numb the area, providing relief. Be sure to wrap the cold pack in a cloth to prevent direct contact with the skin. Additionally, apply it in 10 minutes on and 20 off intervals to avoid over-icing the area.

5. Follow Post-Extraction Instructions

Pay attention to your child’s comfort level and provide extra care and comfort as needed. It’s especially important to offer gentle reassurance and distractions like toys, movies, or books, to keep their minds off their discomfort. If they’re in pain you can help them manage with children’s strength pain relievers—just make sure to read the directions carefully!

By following these tips and providing your child with the support and care they need, you can help them heal. If you need more guidance, or if something unexpected comes up, don’t hesitate to call their dentist. Together, you can ensure your child’s oral health are well taken care of. 

About the Author

Dr. Sean Bannan is a cheerful and friendly dentist who enjoys helping his patients get out of pain and lead healthier lives. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Since then, he has stayed committed to learning through professional organizations and advanced training courses. Call (386) 761-5883 to schedule a consultation for your child at Water’s Edge Dental or visit the website to explore other services they provide.

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