Every year, millions of Americans undergo wisdom teeth extraction. Luckily, most patients recover quickly, but it is normal to feel anxious about your kid’s recovery. You can expect them to experience swelling, discomfort, and temporary bleeding after the extraction. If their wisdom teeth sites are still bleeding when they return home from the dentist’s office, you may want to turn to a tea bag remedy. Did you know slight wisdom teeth bleeding may be relieved with this basic kitchen essential?
How to Use Tea Bags
To use this amazing remedy, moisten a tea bag with hot water. After the tea bag cools down, have your kid bite down on the bag. Encourage your young patient to leave the tea bag in place for 30 minutes, before removing it. It can be tempting to keep drawing the bag to see if the bleeding has stopped, but removing the tea bag too early can disrupt the developing blood clot.
After an extraction, bleeding can occur from time to time for the first few days. If the bleeding starts again, prepare another tea bag.
To prevent continuous bleeding, instruct your young patient to be careful with the blood clots in the sockets. Blood clots can be displaced by strenuous activities, such as drinking through straws, or excessive spitting, which can worsen bleeding. They shouldn’t even use a toothbrush for the first day of their recovery, since brushing can upset the blood clot. After 24 hours, they can softly brush their teeth, removing bacteria from teeth, tongue, and gums.
How the Wisdom Teeth Tea Bag Remedy Works
Biting down on a tea bag exerts pressure on the wound, which helps stop the bleeding. Gauze works similarly, but since tea tastes better than gauze, your teen may be more likely to bite down on a tea bag in place for the required 30 minutes than a gauze.
To fully absorb the benefits of this method, choosing the right type of tea is very important. And here, green tea is a better choice.
When to See a Dentist
Not everyone needs to schedule another appointment with their oral surgeon after their wisdom teeth extraction, so if your child doesn’t have any complaints or need any stitches removed, you may not need to revisit your dentist. Opposingly, complications must be examined by a dental professional. Uncontrollable bleeding, severe pain, a bad taste in the mouth, pus in and around the sockets, worsening swelling, or fever are side effects that require a surgeon’s immediate attention.
Many teenagers undergo wisdom teeth extraction. But with your support and care, and your dentist’s, and perhaps a tea bag, your kid should be feeling better in no time.