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How to Treat Your Gums after the Loss of a Tooth

Posted on 9/25/2015 by Sergio Ortegon
A man suffering from missing a tooth.If you have lost a tooth due to gum disease, extraction, or trauma, there are a variety of steps that you can take in order to treat the gums. By taking a proactive approach to caring for your gums, you'll be able to prevent oral health issues before they arise.

Gargle with Warm Saline Rinse
The morning after you have lost a tooth, rinse out your mouth with a warm saline solution. You can make your own by adding a teaspoon of salt to an eight ounce glass of water. Gargle slowly and spit out the water gently to avoid damaging the clot. You should do this several times for up to a week after the tooth loss, especially before bed and after eating.

Use Hot and Cold Therapy
Hot and cold therapy can help to treat the gums immediately after an extraction or the loss of a tooth. Place an ice pack on your face outside the extraction area, as cold therapy can control swelling and reduce bleeding by constricting blood vessels. Ice should be used for the first 24-48 hours after the tooth loss.

You can also apply a warm compress after 24-48 hours, as this can help to increase blood circulation. The result will be improved healing while reducing discomfort and swelling.

Maintain a Good Oral Hygiene Routine

Approximately 24 hours after the tooth loss, feel free to brush your teeth, gums, and tongue gently, but avoid using a toothbrush directly on the site of the tooth loss. After a few days you'll be able to brush normally, and adding in your regular routine of flossing and rinsing with mouthwash can help to prevent future tooth loss or gum disease. An antiseptic mouthwash is especially helpful, as it can aid in the prevention of infection by killing bacteria.

Please contact us if you have any questions about how your lost tooth affects your mouth.
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