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How to take care of baby teeth extractions

Read this before you fix your child's appointment with a dentist.

It goes without saying that having a tooth pulled out can hurt. But do not panic as it is less painful in a child than in adults. The dentist will most certainly use a flavourful topical numbing ointment, but you still need to take measures to ease the pain after tooth extraction. Dr Nikita Goyal, a consultant at Smile Dental Care, Mumbai tells you how.

  • Bleeding is typical after tooth extraction, and it should last only a day. The dentist will use a small piece of gauze to the socket, and it is best to leave it there long enough so that the blood clots.
  • Also, ensure that you keep the child s mouth clean as it reduces the chances of infection. Mix teaspoon salt in a glass of warm water and have your child swish the solution gently in his mouth. Try having your child rinse his mouth with this solution several times a day. Also, ensure that he keeps the bristles away from the extraction site while brushing.
  • Rest is important after tooth extraction. Restrict your child from strenuous activity after the first two hours of tooth extraction. Prevent your child from playing and running around as it can increase the pain.
  • If the pain persists, apply an ice pack or some frozen vegetables on the outside of the jaw to numb the pain and reduce swelling.
  • You can also give your child painkillers such as Tylenol and Ibuprofen after the blood clot has formed. However, remember not to give your child any pain medication before the extraction appointment as it can lead to blood clotting issues. Read this complete guide-- cavities in primary teeth.
  • Also, prevent your child from chewing hard foods and rinsing his mouth at least 24 hours after tooth extraction. Also, keep him from drinking anything hot. Let your child eat soft foods such as pudding and yoghurt after tooth extraction.

If your child has fever or if there is any additional swelling, call your doctor immediately. You must know these 8 facts about milk teeth.

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