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Tooth Extraction

Tooth Extraction

What to do after a tooth extraction:

  • No rinsing today
  • From tomorrow morning – for up to one week – rinse your mouth gently, at least four times a day, with warm salty water. The best times would be after meals and before bed. Half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water is sufficient
  • If you experience any bleeding use a bite pack – you will have been given a pack. Bite hard on it for twenty minutes. You may need to use more than one at a time
  • You may eat and drink normally after 3 hours but take care not to disturb the clot, which will have formed in the tooth socket
  • Take care not to drink hot fluids or bite your lip/tongue while numb
  • Take it easy for the remainder of the day. Avoid strenuous exercise
  • Brush your teeth normally but take extra care in the area where your tooth was extracted
  • Take painkillers if you need them. Some swelling or discomfort is entirely normal for two to three days
  • If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to call us.


  • Oral Health Foundation is an independent charity dedicated to improving the oral health of the public by providing free and impartial dental advice.
  • Contact Us If you need advice on any matters please call us on 01932-220111 and our friendly staff will be pleased to help.