Rewinding the Years: Dental Care Tips for Older Adults

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Rewinding the Years: Dental Care Tips for Older Adults

Once my children were grown and on their own, I decided it was time to care of me. One of the first things I did was make an appointment with the dentist. I quickly discovered that years of not keeping up with my own dental care had taken a heavy toll on my teeth. Whereas I thought my teeth were just fine, the dentist pointed out several problems that were going to require a lot of work. When talking to friends, I found out that many of them were in the same boat. This blog is for people like me who just did not have time to keep up with their own dental care.

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3 Tips For Recovering From Your Wisdom Teeth Removal

The recovery after getting your wisdom teeth removed is definitely not going to the most enjoyable experience in the world for you. However, there are some things that you can do to help the recovery go smoothly and as quickly as possible for you. This article will discuss 3 tips for recovering from your wisdom teeth removal. 

Blend Everything Into A Liquid

When you first get your wisdom teeth out, it is very important that you don't eat any foods that you have to chew. This can cause you to get food stuck into the areas where your wisdom teeth used to be. This can not only lengthen the healing process, but is unnecessarily painful for you. A great way to avoid all chewing is to blend everything that you want to eat into a liquid, if it isn't already in liquid form. If you want chicken noodle soup, you can put it in a blender and blend it until you are able to simply drink it down like you would a milkshake. 

Don't Spit Or Use A Straw

It is very important that you don't accidentally remove the blood clots that are forming in your mouth because this can cause you have to have dry sockets. These sockets are incredibly painful and can greatly extend the healing process. In order to ensure that this doesn't happen, you are going to want to avoid spitting as much as possible. This can be difficult when there is a lot of blood coming into your mouth, but this is what the gauze pads are for. To avoid needing to spit, you should be replacing the gauze pads just as soon as they become full. Also, you should not be drinking out of a straw during this time. Straws cause you to create a sucking motion in your mouth that you otherwise wouldn't be doing, which can accidentally dislodge your blood clots. 

Use Tea Leaves To Help With Clotting

When you initially have your wisdom teeth removed, the dentist is going to place gauze pads in your mouth to help stop the bleeding. You will need to replace these gauze pads in your mouth quite often at first because you will have so much blood flow. However, once your bleeding has begun to die down a bit, you can instead begin using tea bags. The tea bags will be able to reduce the amount of blood flow in your mouth because they contract the vessels that are bleeding, which helps to reduce the blood flow. This in turn can help you to feel more comfortable since you aren't dealing with so much blood in your mouth. 

For more information, talk to a dentist at a clinic like Family Medical Dental Center.