Post-Op Instructions

Our dentists and team strive to educate each patient and their parents about their oral care in Gainesville, Virginia. To aid us in this goal, we have provided post-op instructions that can help your child recover after a dental accident or treatment.

Care of the Mouth After Trauma

  • Keep the site clean. If possible, use a soft washcloth to clean the area.
  • Watch for signs of a dying nerve or injured dental pulp; usually this appears as a darkening or change in color of the tooth.
  • If you notice the swelling go down, then up again, come in as soon as possible for treatment. Parents can apply ice to the area to keep down swelling.
  • Symptoms of infection, such as boils in the soft tissue, need to be treated by our office as quickly as possible.
  • Have your child stick to a soft-food diet for a few days until their symptoms alleviate.
  • Keep your child away from foods that are too hot or too cold.
  • Follow all directions for antibiotics or pain medication.

If you have any questions, reach out and call our office at 703-753-3346.

Care of the Mouth After Extractions

  • Make sure your child does not bite, chew or scratch at their cheeks, tongue or lips. These areas will still be numbed from the procedure and can be accidentally injured.
  • Do not have your child rinse out their mouth or spit excessively.
  • Avoid carbonated drinks and sodas.
  • Do not have your child drink through a straw.
  • Have your child avoid touching the extraction site with their tongue or fingers.
  • Give your child soft, easy-to-chew foods for the first few days after their appointment.
  • Keep your child from participating in athletic or physical activity.

Bleeding — Bleeding at the source of the extraction is normal, but if it continues, place a piece of gauze or tea bag over the site and have your child bite or hold it in place for 15 minutes.

Pain — Parents can give their child Children’s Advil®, MOTRIN®, TYLENOL® or prescribed pain medication by carefully following all written instructions.

For any questions parents may have, we invite them to call our office today.

Care of Sealants

Sealants cover the natural fissures and fit on the biting surface of the tooth. This is where food debris and bacteria can get caught and cause plaque and cavities. Though brushing and flossing is still important, sealants can help prevent tooth decay.

To help take care of the treatment area, children should avoid chewing on ice or hard candy. We also recommend that your child regularly visits our office for checkups.

Sealants can protect teeth from decay. When maintained properly, they can last for years. We recommend a total prevention program including regular exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments, daily brushing and flossing, and limiting foods with high amounts of sugar. By following this plan, we can eliminate or reduce your child’s risk of decay.

Oral Discomfort After a Cleaning

A thorough dental cleaning can sometimes cause tenderness in inflamed or diseased gum tissue. To relieve discomfort, we recommend the following:

  1. Rinse with a saltwater mixture two or three times a day. (You can make a saltwater rinse by adding one teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water.)
  2. Parents can also give their children Children’s TYLENOL, Advil or MOTRIN.

Contact our practice if your child experiences symptoms for longer than a week.