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Oral Health: Don't Ignore Your Gums

When you go to your dentist, you are likely concerned about cavities and the stains on your teeth. If you are like me, then you probably never thought much about your gums. Unfortunately, this caused me to form a serious gum recession condition. My dentist said that hard brushing practices, poor flossing techniques, and even the consumption of sugary foods led to the recession. After some deep scaling treatments, I was informed that I needed a gum graft procedure. The gums are extremely important to your health. They provide your teeth with the nutrients they need and they protect the sensitive dental roots. The gums even keep bacteria away from your jaw bone. Don't ignore your gums like I did. Read my blog and learn about proper oral care techniques. Prevention practices can easily save your gums from necessary restoration.

How To Heal After Getting A Tooth Pulled

Getting a tooth pulled is a painful experience. You'll heal more successfully if you follow this guide for at-home aftercare.

Consume soft foods

After getting a tooth pulled, your mouth will be sore and agitated. Ample jaw movement and tooth pressure will add to your pain. Avoid hard foods, such as meats, uncooked vegetables and fruits, and other items that require ample chewing while your mouth heals from your tooth pulling experience.

Eat soft foods instead, such as oatmeal, mashed potatoes, yogurt, and blended foods like smoothies.

Watch temperatures

Consume foods and beverages at room temperatures to avoid irritating your tender mouth. Foods and beverages that are very hot or cold may agitate your gums, which are often the sorest after having a tooth pulled. Never drink through a straw, as this can cause a blood clot in your extraction site to become loose, resulting in a painful dry socket.

Brush gently

Don't ignore your oral health after having a tooth pulled, but brush your teeth gently with an infant or soft toothbrush. If brushing is painful, talk to your dentist. Use a homemade mouth rinse made of salt and water to clean your mouth and keep debris out of the tooth extraction site (this prevents infection).

Use medication

If your dentist prescribed you painkillers to help you heal from getting your tooth pulled, then take your medication regularly as directed, even if you are beginning to feel better. You can use over the counter medication to also help alleviate pain.

Use ice

An ice pack wrapped in a dry cloth applied to your cheek outside your mouth helps keep swelling at bay. Swelling often results in jaw pain and tension and relieving this pain with ice (don't apply ice for too long until it's painful) helps make your healing process easier.


The best way to heal after any type of painful experience is to get your rest. Rest often, elevating your head to relieve pressure and to keep swelling at bay.

Take it easy 

Avoid strenuous activity that requires ample movement for a few days, such as heavy exercise. Take it easy with your movements and avoid talking too much or chewing gum to keep your mouth healthy and allow your body to heal from getting your tooth pulled. Even jumping up and down can harm your mouth so take care.

Your dentist will give you more information about staying healthy while you heal from getting a tooth pulled. If you are in more pain than when you left the office after a few days, call your dentist.