Tooth extractions are no fun, and the healing process can be equally unpleasant. If your child needs to have a tooth extracted, it’s good to be prepared and know how to help them on their road to recovery. Read on in today’s blog from Dr. Scott to find out what you can do to alleviate the discomfort your child might feel after pediatric tooth extraction.
Make Sure to Serve Soft Foods
After your child has their tooth extracted, it is wise to make sure that they are adequately hydrated and fed. About an hour after the surgery they can ingest liquids, and a few hours later you may transition to soft foods. This soft food diet should be maintained for a week after the surgery. Show your child how to avoid chewing on the side of their mouth where the surgical site is located. Keeping food out of that area is the best way to ensure quick healing!
Do Your Best to Reduce the Swelling
It is normal for there to be some swelling around the cheek and jaw after surgery. To help reduce swelling, cool the affected area with an ice pack every two or three hours. Make sure to wrap the ice pack in a thin towel and have your child apply it in 15-minute intervals. If the swelling doesn’t go down after a couple of days, call your pediatric dentist because there might be a problem with the recovery process.
Don’t Let Them Forget to Brush
Even though their mouth will be sensitive after the procedure, it’s important to make sure that your child is still brushing their teeth. Have them brush very gently and carefully, and remember that it is essential to avoid contacting the surgical site with the toothbrush. Your pediatric dentist may recommend a mouthwash that will help to cleanse the surgical site as well.
Remind Them Not to Touch the Wound
It is of the utmost importance that your child avoids touching the surgical site. Touching the surgical site can open the wound and introduce bacteria into the area, causing infection and a prolonged healing process. Talk to your child of the importance of leaving the wound alone so that it can heal properly.
Communicate with Your Pediatric Dentist
It’s always important to observe your child during the healing process. After a few days have passed, their pain level should start to decrease. Communication with your pediatric dentist during this time is of the utmost importance. If your child continues to complain of pain, or they feel something just isn’t right, get in touch with your pediatric dentist right away.
Come See Dr. Scott!
The best way to maintain your child’s dental health is to set up regular appointments with a pediatric dentist. Dr. Scott is one of the premier pediatric dentists in the area. He is dedicated to making sure that your child feels safe and comfortable during your visit. If you are looking for a pediatric dentist in the area, contact us and set up an appointment with Dr. Scott today!