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  1. Bite softly and firmly on the gauze pad, and apply a fresh gauze pad every 30 minutes until the bleeding stops.

  2. DO NOT spit or rinse for 2-3 days, as it can disrupt blood clotting.

  3. Eat very soft foods, and chew lightly. Avoid chewing near the extraction. DO NOT drink with a straw for 24 hours.

  4. If you were prescribed antibiotics, make sure to take the antibiotics for the full duration prescribed.

  5. If you're experiencing mild pain, use over-the-counter pain medication (i.e. aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, etc...). Apply ice to reduce swelling.

  6. If you experience extreme pain, inflammation, or discomfort even after taking over-the-counter medication, call your dentist.

  7. DO NOT smoke, as this can disrupt blood clotting and healing.

  8. Return for a follow-up examination to ensure that your extraction healed properly.


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