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Your dentist, Dr. Daniel Cannon, often recommends having your child’s wisdom teeth extracted as a preventative measure against future complications. Thoughtful preparation and quality aftercare will help your child get back on their feet as soon as possible.

In some cases, your child’s wisdom teeth can be extracted at Cannon Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. However, if one or more wisdom teeth are impacted, then your dentist might refer you to an oral surgeon.

While your child’s gums are healing after the extraction, they will need to stick to a soft-foods diet. This includes foods like applesauce, mashed potatoes and yogurt. Proper hydration is also important. Encourage them to drink plenty of fluids without using a straw. The suction from a straw can harm the incisions or pull blood clots loose.

It’s not uncommon for the incisions to weep a little blood for a few days after the extraction. When this happens, your child can stop the bleeding by lightly packing the area with sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops, they can gently rinse any remaining blood away with lukewarm saltwater.

If you have additional questions or concerns about the best way to help your child after wisdom tooth extraction in Tulsa, Oklahoma, you can call our office at 918.743.1351 to schedule an appointment.