Health Tip: After You Have a Tooth Pulled

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(HealthDay News) -- You've just had a tooth pulled and are wondering what to do next.

Your dentist should provide a post-treatment regimen, but here are some pointers from the American Dental Association:

  • Some bleeding after the extraction is common. Don't aggravate the condition by smoking, rinsing your mouth vigorously, or drinking through a straw for 24 hours.
  • Instead, rinse your mouth gently, and if you experience pain or swelling, apply a cold cloth.
  • Your dentist should recommend whether and how often to take pain medication.
  • You can brush and floss your teeth, but be sure to avoid aggravating the area near the socket where the tooth was pulled.
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