Care of Mouth following extraction

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  • Closely watch your child until the anesthesia wears off. Local anesthesia may last as long as 3 hours. Do not allow your child to bite, suck or rub the lips, face or tongue while they feel numb.


  • Avoid sucking through straw, spitting and carbonated beverages for 48 hours.


  • Bleeding can be controlled following an extraction by maintaining gauze pad firmly over the extraction site for 20 minutes following extractions. Please have your child bite, not chew on gauze.


  • Pain can usually be prevented by taking Motrin or Advil every 6 hours as needed.


  • Your child may be more comfortable eating cool, soft foods for up to 24 hours.


  • Your child should avoid excessive physical exertion.