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What is one way to stop my gums from bleeding after having a tooth extraction?

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Dr. Debi Williams
Dentistry 26 years experience
Depends : If you just had the tooth extracted, you should only bite on gauze for about an hour. If you keep gauze in your mouth longer, you may pull out your blood clot. You can also bite on a wet tea bag for ten minutes. The tannic acid will help clot the blood. Do not suck on anything, smoke or spit for 24 hours. If you continue to bleed, contact your dentist.
Dr. Travis Campbell
Cosmetic Dentistry 12 years experience
Pressure: Like anything else, pressure helps stop bleeding. Biting on gauze and applying pressure helps. You can also use a dry teabag instead of gauze, some of the ingredients in tea coagulate blood. Light bleeding is normal for a few hours, and oozing is normal for a couple days. If there is heavy bleeding, please return to your surgeon.

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Easier way: Applying pressure by biting down on a moist tea bag usually helps. If not, call your dr. A gauze packing in the socket, and perhaps a vaso constrictive agent, will stop the bleeding!

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