3 Easy Ways to Help Your Mouth Heal Quicker After Having Teeth Removed

  • By Tonya Davis
  • 01 Jun, 2017

For many dental patients, the thought of going through surgery is not as worrying as wondering how much time it will take to recover from the procedure. If you need to get one or more teeth extracted and you're concerned about how long it will be until your mouth feels normal again, don't fear. While recovery will never be an overnight process, there are plenty of ways to speed up your healing.

The most important thing to do is follow your dental surgeon's advice, but here are three easy tips to keep in mind.

Take Your Medicine

There are two main types of medication you may be prescribed or advised to take after having your tooth removed: antibiotics and painkillers. Taking painkillers can help you get back to normal activity quicker, while antibiotics will prevent infectious complications that could lead to longer recovery time.

If you've been prescribed antibiotics, it's crucial that you complete the full course as given to you. Antibiotics are great at reducing your risk of infection after tooth extraction, especially if you already have low immunity. However, failing to take all the antibiotics can allow the bacteria to become immune to them, leading to infection that is very hard to treat.

As for painkillers, while not everyone requires them after dental surgery, many patients find that they offer much-needed relief. Painkillers like paracetamol can be taken as and when needed according to the usual instructions, but make sure you avoid aspirin. While aspirin can be great for other types of pain, it has blood-thinning properties that may cause bleeding and prevent clotting at the surgery site.

Eat Gentle Foods

Unsurprisingly, food poses one of the biggest risks to your speedy recovery from tooth extraction. This means you need to be very careful when eating.

For the first few days, you'll need to stick to a diet of soft, cool foods. Chewing can cause trauma to the surgery site, while hot foods can burn your wound or increase blood flow and cause it to bleed. Good foods to eat include soups, porridge, ice cream, soft bread, yogurt, uncoated fish and well-cooked vegetables. Avoid foods that need to be chewed more than a few times and steer clear of spicy food that may cause irritation.

As for drinks, try to get eight cups of fluid per day. As always, water is important, but don't shy away from more nutritious options like juice and milk. You should, however, be wary of fizzy drinks that can irritate the surgery site. Alcohol must also be avoided, at least for the first day or so. As well as slowing down the healing process, alcohol impairs judgement and could lead to you accidentally damaging the wound.

Clean Your Mouth Carefully

It's good to clean the site of your tooth extraction regularly, but you'll need to take care when doing so. If you're too vigorous, you could delay the healing process by disrupting the clot.

Try not to rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours. This gives the wound time to start clotting and healing without disruption. If there's still some bleeding, which there may be in the first few days, you can usually control it by biting down on a moistened, sterile gauze pad.

After the first day has passed, you should begin daily rinsing. Use a solution of one teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and very gently swill it around your mouth. Do not suck or spit forcefully, as this could dislodge the blood clot. Try to repeat this several times a day, ideally after each meal to remove any leftover food from the area.

When brushing your remaining teeth, steer clear of the surgery site to avoid disrupting the healing tissue. If you're finding it too painful to brush, you may be able to use a germicidal mouthwash for the first few days to keep your teeth clean until you can use your toothbrush again.

These three tips are easy to follow and should put you at ease regarding recovery times. If you're ready to go ahead with tooth extraction,  contact Dental Smile Clinic Frankston  for safe and effective dental surgery.

By Tyler Vogelsberg 01 Aug, 2017
When you think about losing teeth, you may picture a gap-toothed grin on a wide-eyed child who's talking about the tooth fairy. For children, tooth loss allows for the permanent teeth to erupt properly.

But many adults experience tooth loss as well. As an adult contemplating tooth extraction, you may feel nervous or even embarrassed, so it's
important to understand the causes of adult tooth loss, possible prevention and common  types of tooth replacement .

In this blog, we list four facts about tooth extraction that can help you feel more prepared for this procedure.
By Tonya Davis 29 Jun, 2017
In general, the typical shade of healthy teeth is an off-white hue with slight undertones of brown, yellow or grey. However, many people find that their teeth are much darker than off-white. If you're one of these people, you may be wondering why your teeth aren't as bright as everyone else's and what you can do about it.

Browning and yellowing teeth have a variety of possible causes. One of the most well-known is aging, but what about discolouration that happens before you reach your senior years? If you're an adult with stained teeth, there are two broad categories of tooth discolouration you should look to: extrinsic and intrinsic.

Both can be remedied in different ways, but the right solution will depend on which of these discolouration types is affecting you.
By Tonya Davis 28 Mar, 2017
By Tonya Davis 23 Jan, 2017
By Website Team Technicians 09 Dec, 2016

The time has come. You brush and floss your kids' teeth every day, but it's finally time for their first official dentist appointment. You know how important it is to attend regular dentist appointments. You want your kids to have good oral health for life and don't want them to develop a fear of the dentist or feel anxiety about dental visits.

To ensure your kids have a good experience on their foundational visit to the dentist, prepare them properly before the big day.

Schedule the First Visit Early

Most experts advise that children see a dentist sometime before their first birthday. The earlier you can get your kids in to the dentist, the better. If they start early, they'll be familiar with the process and know what to expect as they get older.

However, if you missed that first early visit, it's not too late to establish good oral health for your kids. Get them in to see a dentist as soon, and as young, as possible.

Go to a Family-Friendly Dentist

What kind of dentist you choose matters. Even if you love your own dentist, they may not be right for your kids.

Choose a dentist who regularly deals with children and families. Many dentists' offices have long experience dealing with children and will happily accept appointments for the whole family. Your kids will likely have a better time if their dentist knows how to appeal to children.

Remember it's not just the dentist who will deal with your kids. Everyone from the front-office staff to the oral hygienist will also interact with your children and contribute to their first dental experience. Choose an office that knows how to make a positive first impression.

Explain Why You Go to the Dentist

Before their first visit, explain to your kids why it's important to go to the dentist. Talk, in a kidfriendly way, about how the dentist uses special tools to make their teeth squeaky clean again.  

Use metaphors or imagery that are easy for kids to understand. Decide, based on your children's personalities, whether to tell them how little cavity bugs hide in their teeth and the dentist needs to clean them off, or whether to just say you need the dentist to keep teeth healthy and strong.

Tell your children what you personally like about going to the dentist. Maybe you like when the dentist polishes your teeth or takes an X-ray. Relay your own experience to give your kids a positive impression of what to expect.

Show Your Kids Positive Media

Familiarize your children with the environment and equipment they'll see at the dentist's office. Show them pictures and videos of kids at the dentist and images of the tools the dentist uses to clean their teeth. Find episodes of kid-friendly TV shows that address dental visits, and watch them with your children.

Expose your children to a variety of positive media about dental visits. If they know what things look like and what to expect before they get to the office, they'll be less intimidated by the dental environment.

Give Your Kids Something to Look Forward To

Offer your children a treat or special event for after their dentist visit. Maybe they'll get to spend a day at the zoo, or just go out for ice cream after their appointment. Give them a positive event to look forward to so they approach their first visit to the dentist with happy anticipation.

With the right preparation, you can help your kids establish a positive relationship to dentists and oral hygiene. Promote a good attitude before their first dental visit and build a healthy foundation for the rest of their lives.  

By Website Team Technicians 09 Dec, 2016

From the moment you wake up to the last few minutes before you go to sleep, you're constantly on the move. You have to rush to work. You must drive your kids to and from school and extracurricular activities. And you can't forget to shop for groceries, pick up the dry cleaning and stop by the bank.

When you're on the go, you don't have the chance to prepare and pack healthy foods. In between tasks, you may only have a few minutes to grab a granola bar or stop by a nearby coffee shop for a doughnut or two.

But these sweet treats and snacks can wreak havoc on your dental health, especially when you don't have time to brush afterward. The more sugary foods you eat, the greater your risk for cavities and decay.

If you're in a rush, try grabbing these simple snacks before you step foot out the door. They only take you a minute or so to prepare, and they can keep your teeth in great shape.

1. Cheese Cubes

Although cheese tends to last best when refrigerated, string cheese, cheese cubes and cheese curds all travel well if packaged appropriately. Simply throw a stick or package in your purse or backpack, and you have a flavourful way to feed yourself (or your kids) while on the go.

Cheese is one of the best foods you can eat when you want to maintain a healthy smile. Cheese supplies plenty of vitamin D and calcium for building strong bones, and it temporarily increases your mouth's pH levels to keep cavity-causing bacteria at bay.

To read more about the benefits of cheese for your oral health, feel free to check out   our previous blog .

2. Raw Almonds

Cashews, almonds, walnuts and pistachios make for the ultimate last-minute snack, as they don't require any refrigeration or preparation. You can eat them directly out of the box, bag or can, or you can set aside a reasonable portion in a travel-friendly plastic container.

Almonds offer lots of calcium for supporting teeth and nourishing healthy gum tissue. Additionally, almonds supply a hefty amount of vitamin E and can effectively regulate blood sugar levels. As a result, almonds can effectively reduce your risk for periodontal disease.

As you snack, eat nuts with care. If you try to chomp through a harder nut or de-shell the nut with your teeth, you may chip a tooth. If you worry about accidentally damaging your teeth, opt for de-shelled and chopped nuts rather than whole.

Don't Forget to Brush When You Can

These snacks are a tooth-friendly way to satisfy your hunger pangs when you're too busy to cook. But remember that even the healthiest foods still have the potential to damage teeth.

Ideally, you should brush within 30 to 60 minutes after snacking. But if you don't have the opportunity to brush, at least take a few moments to rinse your mouth with water. Water will clear away some of the lingering food particles and restore your mouth's pH balance.

And though you may be busy, don't forget to schedule an appointment with your dentist. A single appointment every six months could save you multiple dental surgeries in the future.

By Website Team Technicians 09 Dec, 2016

Chances are, you don't think about your teeth much except while practicing your daily oral hygiene routine. And even then, your mind will be busy planning your day or trying to remember last night's dream.

However, a toothache is a painful reminder of the fragility of your teeth, one which can cause disruption in your life. Even fairly mild localised pain can become distracting quickly. More major toothaches change the way you eat, speak and smile almost immediately.

Unfortunately, there're no guaranteed answers to most questions about your toothache. But in this blog, we guide you through common causes, telltale symptoms and sure signs you should see your dentist.

What Causes Toothaches?

Though your teeth have a strong outer layer of enamel, they connect to a network of sensitive oral nerves. These nerves exist inside each tooth as well as in the soft tissues of your mouth. Toothaches indicate irritation of or damage to these nerves.

Common causes of toothaches include the following:

Abscess or other oral infection

Bruxism, also called tooth grinding

Chipping or fracturing of a tooth

Lost or damaged filling, bridge or crown Untreated cavities and tooth decay

You are more likely to experience tooth-related discomfort if you have a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), frequent headaches and certain chronic diseases. Always discuss your medical history with your healthcare providers to rule out non-dental causes of tooth discomfort.

How Do Toothaches Manifest?

Toothaches can appear at any time, in patients of any age. Most patients describe a combination of one or more of the following symptoms:

Change in taste -If you have an infected tooth or section of gum tissue, you may notice a foul taste in your mouth that doesn't disappear when you eat or drink. The change usually results from wound discharge.

Headache -Your teeth, jaw and facial bones can easily be affected by each other. You may experience headaches before, during or after a toothache.

Tooth pain -Tooth pain can come in many forms, from sharp to achy and from throbbing to constant. Additionally, your tooth pain may only appear when you eat sugary or acidic foods, put pressure on your teeth or expose your teeth to heat or cold. All these pain types qualify as a toothache.

Because toothaches can result from a number of different causes, their symptoms vary. Some patients experience dull pain that comes and goes, while others report intense, focused pain over extended time periods. Take note of your symptoms before you have your appointment as these effects can help your dentist identify the cause.

When Should You See Your Dentist?

If you have brief, mild discomfort, you may get away without a trip to the dentist. However, most toothaches require professional evaluation and treatment for them to disappear.

You should see your dentist as soon as possible if you experience any of the following:

Difficulty opening your mouth, chewing or speaking

Discomfort lasting for two or more days

Earaches or localised discomfort around the ears

Extreme pain, even if you only feel it intermittently

Inability to properly care for your teeth due to the pain

Visible changes to your teeth, gums or oral tissues

If you develop fever, lightheadedness or other sudden and serious symptoms, seek medical attention from your general practitioner or from an emergency dentist. These symptoms may indicate infection or a different pain source, such as an advanced sinus infection.

If you have a history of tooth sensitivity, decay or aches, bring up your concerns during your next appointment at Dental Smile Clinic. Your dentist can develop a hygiene, appointment and procedure plan based on your specific circumstances. With some simple proactive measures, you should be able to avoid most future toothaches.

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