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What should I do after getting my wisdom teeth removed?

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  • Use an ice pack on your face to curb swelling or skin color changes during the first 24-36 hours after surgery.
  • Use moist heat on your face for a sore jaw at least 36 hours after your surgery.
  • Gently open and close your mouth to exercise your jaw.
  • Eat soft foods like pasta, rice, or soup.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Start brushing your teeth the second day. Don't brush any blood clots.
  • Take the drugs your doctor prescribes to ease your pain or swelling.
  • Call your doctor if you have a fever, or if your pain or swelling doesn’t improve.
Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on January 23, 2017
Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on January 23, 2017

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