Points to remember – Kids Teeth Extraction Aftercare
The healing of the socket is primarily affected by the aftercare regime. As the child is not mature enough to understand the importance of the instructions, the role of parents becomes pivotal in such cases.
If you plan to get your child’s tooth extraction done, we have made a guide of dos and donts as a Kids Teeth Extraction Aftercare manual- brought to you by Advanced Dental Clinic.
Dos of Kids Teeth Extraction Aftercare
Aid the clotting- Kids Teeth Extraction Aftercare
After the extraction, our specialist places a gauze piece at the extraction site to control bleeding and promote clotting. Your child should bite the gauze for at least 30-45 minutes after the procedure. Clotting is an essential step in the recovery since it forms a protective barrier at the extraction site.
Use a Cold Compression
It is usual for your child to have some inflammation that will cause their gums to swell. So, using ice packs as a cold compression will provide relief from the pain and swelling. Place it on your child’s face for 10 minutes and then remove it. Then, place it back after 10 minutes. Follow this procedure for a couple of hours.
Monitor your child and remind them not to indulge in strenuous activity that might cause blood clot dislodging. Make sure you elevate your child’s head while sleeping by adding an extra pillow under the head. Ensure that they sleep on the opposite side of the extraction site to avoid undue pressure on the healing socket.
Give timely medications
After an extraction, there are some medications that your child will have to take for a couple of days. Depending on the case’s condition, it can include antibiotics and painkillers.
Give the Correct Diet
After removing the gauze from your child’s mouth, they can start taking soft foods such as yogurt and ice cream but do not give them carbonated drinks and solid foods after an extraction. You can return them to solid foods three days after the extraction. Also, ensure that your child takes plenty of fluids.
Maintain Your Oral Hygiene
Your child should maintain a high level of dental hygiene to reduce the risk of infection at the extraction site. However, supervise them when brushing their teeth and ensure they avoid brushing close to the extraction site for at least 24 hours.
Don’ts of Kids Teeth Extraction Aftercare
Monitor your child
Ensure that your child does not poke the extraction site. Monitor them as there are high chances of using their finger to touch the extraction site. Ensure that they do not touch the site repeatedly with the tongue.
Poking the site can dislodge the clot, impeding the healing process.
No use of straws
Giving your child a cold and soft diet post-extraction is advised. This can include a liquid diet but ensure they do not drink it with straws. The negative pressure or the suction of the straw can dislodge the clot.
Ensure the child does not spit or gargle for at least 24hrs after extraction.
Baby teeth are the natural space maintainers for the erupting adult teeth. If a baby tooth is removed because of damage or decay before the permanent teeth erupt, we at Advanced Dental Clinic suggest space maintainer treatment to ensure that the erupting tooth erupts correctly.