Care of the Mouth After Local Anesthetic
Care of the Mouth After Trauma
Care of the Mouth After Extractions
Care of Sealants
Oral Discomfort After a Cleaning
Please do not hesitate to call the office if there are any questions.
Bleeding - Some bleeding is to be expected. If unusual or
sustained bleeding occurs, place cotton gauze firmly over the extraction
area and bite down or hold in place for fifteen minutes. This can also
be accomplished with a tea bag. Repeat if necessary.
Pain - For discomfort use Children's Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin
as directed for the age of the child. If a medicine was prescribed, then
follow the directions on the bottle.
By forming a thin covering over the pits and fissures, sealants keep
out plaque and food, thus decreasing the risk of decay. Since, the
covering is only over the biting surface of the tooth, areas on the side
and between teeth cannot be coated with the sealant. Good oral hygiene
and nutrition are still very important in preventing decay next to these
sealants or in areas unable to be covered.
Your child should refrain from eating ice or hard candy, which tend
to fracture the sealant. Regular dental appointments are recommended in
order for your child's dentist to be certain the sealants remain in
The American Dental Association recognizes that sealants can play an
important role in the prevention of tooth decay. When properly applied
and maintained, they can successfully protect the chewing surfaces of
your child's teeth. A total prevention program includes regular visits
to the dentist, the use of fluoride, daily brushing and flossing, and
limiting the number of times sugar-rich foods are eaten. If these
measures are followed and sealants are used on the child's teeth, the
risk of decay can be reduced or may even be eliminated!
A thorough cleaning unavoidably produces some bleeding and swelling
and may cause some tenderness or discomfort. This is not due to a "rough
cleaning" but, to tender and inflamed gums from insufficient oral
hygiene. We recommend the following for 2-3 days after cleaning was
Please do not hesitate to contact the office if the discomfort
persists for more than 7 days or if there are any questions.