Our practice knows that taking care of your child after a procedure can seem daunting. That’s why we work with every parent and guardian to make the healing process go as smoothly as possible. We also remain available for any questions or concerns you may have.
Keep the traumatized area as clean as possible. A soft washcloth often works well to aid the healing process.
Do not scratch, chew, suck, or rub your lips, tongue, or cheek while they feel numb or asleep. Your child should be watched closely so they do not injure the affected area before the anesthesia wears off.
Do not rinse your mouth for several hours.
Do not spit excessively.
Do not drink a carbonated beverage for the remainder of the day.
Do not drink through a straw.
Keep your fingers and tongue away from the extraction area.
Some bleeding is to be expected. If unusual or sustained bleeding occurs, place cotton gauze firmly over the extraction area and bite down or hold in place for fifteen minutes. This can also be accomplished with a tea bag. Repeat if necessary.
For discomfort use Children's Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin as directed for the age of the child. If a medicine was prescribed, then follow the directions on the bottle.
Sealants keep out plaque and food and decrease the risk of decay by forming a thin covering over the pits and fissures in your teeth. Since the covering is only over the biting surface of the tooth, areas on the side and between teeth cannot be coated with the sealant. Good oral hygiene and nutrition are still very important in preventing decay next to these sealants or in areas unable to be covered.
To avoid fracturing the sealant, your child should refrain from eating ice or hard candy. Regular dental appointments are recommended for your dentist to ensure the sealants remain in place.
The American Dental Association recognizes that sealants play an important role in the prevention of tooth decay. When properly applied and maintained, they can successfully protect the chewing surfaces of your child's teeth. A total cavity prevention program includes regular visits to the dentist, the use of fluoride, daily brushing and flossing, and limiting the intake of sugar-rich foods. If these measures are followed, and sealants are used on the child's teeth, the risk of decay can be reduced or may even be eliminated!
A thorough cleaning almost always produces some bleeding and swelling and may cause some tenderness or discomfort. Tender and inflamed gums from insufficient oral hygiene are to blame, not a rough cleaning.
We recommend doing the following for 2-3 days after your cleaning:
Please do not hesitate to call our office if the discomfort persists for more than 7 days, or if you have any questions.
Please do not hesitate to call our office if you have any questions.