* Proper care of the mouth following most dental procedures can reduce complications and speed the healing of the surgical area.
Protection of the blood clot: Maintain gentle pressure by biting on the gauze sponge that has been placed over the surgical area, or on a tea bag that has been gently moistened and wrapped in a piece of gauze. Keep steady, firm pressure for 45 minutes. Repeat as often as needed.
Do Not rinse: or use mouthwash for at least 24 hours. After 24 hours rinse with warm salt ( 1/2 teaspoon table salt in 8 ounces of warm water) every 1-2 hours is recommended. The use of commercial mouth wash is not encouraged.
Discomfort: following dental surgery it is normal to experience some discomfort. If medication has been prescribed, take as instructed.
The toothbrush: may be carefully used in the area of the mouth not involved by the surgical procedures. A clean mout
Dr. James L. Johnson