Children's Dental Health Associates
Below you will find our new patient forms. Feel free to print and complete the forms before your child's first visit with us. While we do not require that you complete this paperwork prior to visiting our practice, this will save you and our staff time when you come in for your child's first appointment.
After Treatment Instructions
Treatment for when your child has had a tooth extracted:
After your child has had a tooth extracted, you will need to know proper instructions on aftercare treatment. Below are some tips on how to care for your child after the procedure has been completed. Please keep in mind that the length your child will experience numbness varies from child to child, and depends on the amount of anesthetic that was used, as well as the area that was anesthetized.
During the time your child is numb, you want to be sure that they do not bite their lip, cheek, or tongue. So, it is important that you do not feed your child any food that is hard to chew during this time. Should your child have liquid foods, do not allow the use of a straw because the sucking action could loosen the blood clot and prevent your child from healing properly.
Our staff will place a gauze on the extraction site to help limit bleeding and help the clotting process. The gauze should be left in place for around 30 to 45 minutes after you leave our office. Once the gauze pack is removed, there may be some bleeding or oozing. If this happens, fold a new fresh piece of gauze and make it thick enough to bite on. Dampen the fresh gauze with warm water and place it on the extraction site. Apply pressure by having your child close their teeth firmly and maintain pressure for 30 minutes or so.
Should heavy bleeding continue after fresh gauze has been placed multiple times, please call our office.
Swelling & Pain
Once your child's tooth has been extracted, they may experience some discomfort and swelling. To help reduce swelling and discomfort apply a cold compress to your child's face. A simple bag of ice or cold, moist cloth can be used from time to time. Should your child have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, fever, bleeding, or nausea and vomiting; please call of our office as soon as possible.
Cleaning Your Child's Teeth
Our dentists at Children's Dental Health Associates recommend not cleaning the teeth next to the spot where your child had a tooth extracted for the rest of the day. You should still have your child clean and floss the rest of their teeth, and wait until the next day to clean the teeth next to the healing socket. Your child's tongue should also be brushed and cleaned. Doing so will help get rid of bad breath and any bad tastes that occur after an extraction.
The day after your child's extraction, have them rinse their mouth with warm salt water after they eat to keep food particles out of the healing socket. Please tell your child not to rinse roughly, as it may dislodge the blood clot.
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Links & Resources
Should you have any questions or concerns about after care treatment for your child, feel free to call us:
Chester/Delaware/Montgomery County: 610-622-1949
Cumberland/Lancaster/Dauphin/York County: 717-295-4400
Philadelphia County: 215-383-1376
Berks/Lehigh/Northampton County: 610-914-1700