Helping Your Child Recover After a Dental Procedure
At BRSH+FLSS, we focus on preventative care to help children avoid major dental work. However, sometimes an emergency arises due to circumstances outside of one’s control. How can you help your child to recover comfortably following a dental procedure? Here are a few suggestions.
When a Child Has Had a Dental Extraction
The doctor will give you direction concerning how long the child should firmly bite on gauze following an extraction (usually about 20 minutes). You will be provided with additional gauze in case your child is still bleeding at the end of this time. Have your child firmly bite down on the fresh gauze for another half an hour.
A few things to be avoided for 24 hours following an extraction include:
- Rinsing the mouth out
- Using a straw to drink
Have your child avoid sports the same day as the extraction, get plenty of rest, and eat soft foods. Children’s Motrin can be used to help with pain. The proper dosage depending on the child’s age will be noted on the bottle.
Helping Your Child Avoid Future Dental Procedures
Resuming a good oral care routine is vital to ensuring the remaining teeth will stay healthy. Be sure your child brushes twice a day – after breakfast in the morning and then at night before going to bed. Keep your child flossing every night before bed. Don’t forget to schedule a professional cleaning every 6 months. Diet can also play a role, so minimize sugary foods and drinks, and maintain good nutrition.
BRSH+FLSS is prevention focused, so ask our pediatric dentists for additional advice to help your child have a healthy mouth for life. Call 619-741-1500 to schedule an appointment today.