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If you want to return to a strong and successful oral health after you’ve had a tooth extracted in Woodbridge, Virginia, then it’s best to recover properly. If you don’t take advantage of the healing process, then there is a chance that you’ll experience unnecessary pain and discomfort and even dry socket. So, to help you have the best experience possible, Dr. Rita D. Wright and our friendly dental team encourage you to heal properly by doing the following things:

-Dull the pain and discomfort by taking the pain medication your dentist prescribed to you. You can also help reduce the swelling by icing outside the extraction site for 10 minutes at a time.

-Help the area heal by biting firmly but gently on a gauze pad. This will help reduce the bleeding and will allow a blood clot to form. Please replace the gauze with a new pad before it’s soaked with blood or after you’ve used it for three to four hours.

-Relax for the first 24 hours and limit your activity for the first couple of days. As you lie down, keep your head propped up with pillows. Lying flat will only prolong the bleeding.

-Avoid doing things that might damage the site or delay the healing process, like spitting, rinsing, using a straw, and smoking.

-Eat soft foods for the first couple of days following the treatment. You can gradually add hard foods back into your diet once the site begins to heal.

-Keep the mouth clean by brushing your teeth and tongue and by flossing. As you clean your smile, please avoid the extraction site. Brushing and flossing the treated area can cause infection and pain.

Using these tips will help you reach the strong and successful oral health you deserve. If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more, please remember that you can always call Wright Smile Center of Woodbridge at 703-878-7883 and talk to your dentist or a member of our dental team. We are here to assist you in any way we can!