Post- Surgical Excessive Bleeding Guidelines - Dr. Colin Richman

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Post- Surgical Excessive Bleeding Guidelines

Post – Surgical Excessive Bleeding Guidelines

The following guidelines will assist you if ongoing post surgical bleeding is noted:

  1. 1. DO NOT (vigorously and repeatedly) rinse your mouth more than once an hour. This promotes more bleeding and less blood clot formation.
  2. 2. DO NOT dab or swab the area repeatedly. This will also inhibit adequate blood clot formation.
  3. 3. Make a cup of concentrated iced tea (3 tea bags into large cup of boiling water) and let the teabags draw for 3 minutes. Let the solution cool to room temperature.
  4. 4. Take a piece of gauze (provided by our office), roll it into a small sausage and moisten it with the iced tea.
  5. 5. If the bleeding is noted on the outside surface of the teeth, gently tuck the roll between the lip and the bleeding site. Place firm pressure on the outside
    aspect of your face for 15- 20 minutes.DO NOT disturb the gauze. Do not pull your lip firmly outward.
  6. 6. If the bleeding is noted on the inside aspect of your mouth, position the moistened tea gauze over the area and firmly press onto this gauze with your
    thumb for 15-20 minutes.
  7. 7. This procedure may be needed 3-4 times at 20-30 minute intervals, each time changing the blood soaked gauze with fresh gauze, saturated with tea.
  8. 8. If you run out of gauze, use an old, clean t-shirt, cut it up into 2 inch x 2 inch squares and proceed as listed above.
  9. 9. Obviously, call Dr. Richman at (404)784-7272 if problems persist.

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Signs and Symptoms of Advanced Dental Disease Including Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Chronic disease anywhere in the body is insidious, thus advanced symptoms may only appear late after significant damage has occurred.

Warning signs of periodontal (gum) disease include:

- Redness, tenderness, pain, swollen gums
- Bleeding while brushing, flossing or biting into an apple
- Insufficient long term flossing over a lifetime
- Receding gums, frequently described ‘getting long in the tooth’
- Teeth moving or shifting
- Loose teeth
- Appliances no longer fit comfortably
- Previous history of tooth loss including parents
- History of smoking, diabetes or other metabolic diseases