Tooth Removal Aftercare Tips

Dental extraction or commonly known as tooth removal is an ancient practice in dentistry that is even practiced in modern days. Tooth removal has gone completely painless thanks to the modern anesthesia and tooth removal instruments, tooth removal is practiced without damaging adjacent teeth or surrounding bone reducing further damage.

According to the survey the common teeth to be removed are wisdom teeth, the 3rd molar ( technical terminology of wisdom teeth) are usually impacted or prone to dental caries. The next in the order is the permanent canines as they get impacted as they have the longest path of eruption.

There are a number of do-s and don’t-s that has to be followed after tooth removal:

Hold the cotton plug:

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Do hold(bite the cotton gauze) the cotton for the next 15mins after the extraction, as this will compress the blood vessels and arrest further bleeding.

Have an ice cream:

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Ice cream is most recommended here, as the cold temperature helps the blood vessels to contract and arrest the bleeding. You can also have fresh cold fruit juice or plain cold water other than ice cream but remember not to use a straw to drink as they create negative pressure in your mouth and induce bleeding.

No spitting or gargling:

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the initial blood clot is most important in wound healing. Spitting or gargling distort the clot from the wound and this may cause delayed wound healing or dry socket which is a very painful condition.

Do not meddle:

Our fingers may not be completely sterile and any foreign objects like a pin, toothpick, etc,. may also contain germs that cause secondary infections. So don’t meddle with the wound with finger, tongue, or any other foreign objects. 


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Spicy food irritates the wound and hot food and drinks dilate the blood vessels that induce bleeding. So don’t take hot and spicy food or drinks for the next 3 days after the removal of teeth.


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Smoking is strictly prohibited after tooth/ teeth removal as they break the blood clot and necrose the blood vessels. Also, the hot smoke causes a lot of irritation to the surrounding tissues.


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Consuming alcohol delay wound healing and irritates the wound.


Vigorous brushing is prohibited for the next 3 days after tooth removal and rinses very gently after brushing for the next 3 days.


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Continue your medication recommended by your dentist for the next 3 days, if there is any discomfort during and after the medication period, please inform your dentist as soon as possible.


Mouthwash is always recommended after 3 days from the removal of teeth, povidone iodate solution mouthwash is always recommended.



Halitosis or oral malodour is medical terminology for bad breath. Most of us have experienced this in the early morning immediately after we wake up. But, sometimes due to certain reasons, the foul odour persists. Here we will know about the causes, symptoms, treatment.


There is a wide range of causes for halitosis. Some of them are:

Poor oral hygiene

 This is the most common cause as we think brushing is enough to maintain good oral health. But that is not the only thing that keeps your breath minty fresh. The food we eat sometimes adheres on to the tongue. Most of us forget to clean the tongue regularly. About 70% of the bad breath is due to poor cleaning of the tongue.

Dry mouth

Dry mouth can be caused by various underlying health conditions like diabetes, also as an adverse effect of certain drugs. As the saliva helps in keeping our oral cavity clean, its absence leads to the accumulation of food particles in the spaces between the teeth and thus causing the bad breath.

Systemic conditions

 Some health issues like liver malfunction, lung conditions like lung cancer, bronchiectasis, upper respiratory infections, etc. Also, some kidney diseases also cause oral malodour due to release of certain metabolites. Other conditions like sinusitis, postnasal drip, tonsillitis(stones in the tonsils), etc also cause bad breath.

Food intake

Foods containing onion, garlic, and some spices also lead to bad breath for a short period.


 Habits like smoking and drinking alcohol, cause malodour as they contain certain components that lead to decreased salivary production, in turn, causing halitosis.

Food impaction

 It means that whatever you eat gets stuck in the cavities of your teeth if any or else in the spaces between your teeth if your gums have receded.




The treatment of halitosis as of now is not well defined. Following some of the steps below will help reduce the bad breath to some extent:

  •         Brushing twice daily.
  •         Flossing once daily.
  •         Using mouth rinses with hydrogen peroxide, chlorhexidine, etc.
  •         Thorough rinsing of the mouth after each meal.
  •         Most importantly, diagnosing the underlying systemic diseases if any is necessary
  •         Do not forget to visit your dentist once in 6 months for general scaling and polishing.


Mouthwashes are one of the most useful remedies in treating halitosis/bad breath. Those mouthwashes containing chlorhexidine help in killing the bacteria in your mouth which cause the foul smell. Thus using it regularly, helps in reducing the bad breath.


  •         Rinse your mouth regularly with warm salt water along with a pinch of turmeric.
  •         Chew few cardamom seeds or anise seeds once a day.
  •         Include yoghurt in your diet every day as it is a rich source of probiotic bacteria which helps in reducing the load of malodour causing bacteria in your mouth and also your gut.
  •         Water is the most important yet most ignored medicine for bad breath. Drinking adequate amount of water as per your BMI helps clear the mouth of minute food particles stuck in between the teeth and also the gut, thus helping in the prevention of bad breath from the stomach.
  •         Rinsing with mint water gives a feeling of fresh breath and it stays for longer hours. Boil 5-10 mint leaves in 500 ml of water and use this mint water first thing in the morning and as many times as possible in the day.

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This pandemic has instilled fear in everyone around us. Most of us are sacred even to the regular check-ups done. But now all your fears can no longer haunt you as SDC, one of the best dental clinics in Chennai is well equipped with all the safety measures to protect you amidst the existing pandemic.

The present COVID-19 situation is a difficult one to face and has made the living tough. But, as everyone is accepting the new normal, it is equally important to care for your dental health more than before as the regular wearing of mask leads to a condition called ‘MASK MOUTH’. Also, the anxiety for dental treatments has reached to a peak where people try to bear the torment rather than going to their dentist for proper care and diagnosis of the underlying condition.

We, the team of SDC, are trying our best to protect you from the virus and also to help you out of your dental troubles by taking a number of safety measures.

Dental clinic guidelines COVID 19:

  •         We see that every patient wears a mask.
  •         Every patient sanitizes his/her hands.
  •         Check your temperature and oxygen saturation levels.
  •         Sterilize the waiting area every time a patient leaves.
  •         We see that the waiting area is not crowded and social distancing norms are maintained.
  •         The consulting room is sterilized with UV radiation after every patient’s visit.
  •         All the instruments and equipment used are properly cleaned and subjected to infection control.
  •         We insist our patients take appointments to help reduce the crowding and long waiting hours.
  •         All the doctors and assisting staffs are well aware of the sanitization, sterilization, and infection control protocols.
  •         Your every record is maintained both manually and electronically to prevent any miscommunication in future appointments.

We are as concerned as you are for your safety and oral health. Now it’s your turn to reach out to us to avail of our services for the betterment of your illness and to prevent any further dental problems by visiting our clinic.


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