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What are 7 steps to tolerating getting wisdom teeth pulled?

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To tolerate having wisdom teeth pulled, follow the dentist’s post-operative instructions, take medications as indicated, rest and use ice to reduce swelling, and rinse the mouth gently. Eat soft foods, avoid straws and use a curved syringe to cleanse the extraction site after five days.

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  1. Follow your dentist’s instructions and medication schedule

    Carefully read and follow the post-operative instructions your dentist gives you. Take the prescribed medications, and follow the medication schedule as strictly as possible to prevent pain.

  2. Rest and use ice

    Get plenty of rest, and lie down with your head elevated to reduce swelling. Put ice on the jaw within the first 24 hours to bring swelling down. Do not use ice after 24 hours as the ice can cause pain and discomfort.

  3. Rinse your mouth gently after 24 hours

    Avoid rinsing your mouth for the first 24 hours to prevent the blood clots from becoming dislodged. After 24 hours, rinse your mouth gently with the solution your dentist suggests.

  4. Eat soft foods

    Eat soft foods such as macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, pudding and soup. Avoid foods that require a lot of chewing as too much chewing causes excess pain.

  5. Avoid straws

    Avoid using straws for the first 48 hours as the sucking motion can dislodge the blood clots and lead to dry socket. Contact your dentist as soon as possible if you think you might have dry socket.

  6. Brush gently

    Brush gently for the first several days to prevent pain, and avoid irritating the extraction sites. Rinse your mouth after brushing.

  7. Clean with a curved syringe

    After five days, use a curved syringe filled with the solution prescribed by your dentist to cleanse the extraction areas.

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