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Dr. Will Allen commonly recommends having the wisdom teeth extracted at some point after all 32 permanent teeth have emerged from the gums.  Wisdom tooth extraction is a form or oral surgery, and quality preparation and aftercare are essential to your son or daughter having a speedy recovery.

While the gums are healing you will need to eat a soft foods diet. This includes foods like applesauce, mashed potatoes, and yogurt. Proper hydration is also important. Make sure to stay hydrated and drink plenty of lukewarm liquids without using a straw. The suction created by a straw can harm the incisions or pull blood clots loose.

It’s common for the incisions to weep a little blood for a few days after their wisdom teeth have been extracted. When this happens, they can lightly pack the area with sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops, you should rinse the mouth gently with lukewarm salt water to cleanse the area of residual blood and soothe the gum tissues.

If you have additional questions about an upcoming wisdom tooth extraction, you can always call Kentuckiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates in Louisville, Kentucky for advice.