Tooth extraction is common now in our world. In fact, millions of Americans undergo wisdom teeth extraction every year. Some patients are lucky to recover quickly, but some experience discomfort, temporary bleeding, and swelling after the surgery. An interesting discovery has been the use of tea bags for wisdom teeth. This pantry staple has been recommended for years because of how the tannic acid in tea stops bleeding.
Using Tea Bags to Stop Bleeding
After a tooth extraction procedure such as wisdom teeth, you might experience slight oozing of blood for the first few days, as explained in U.S News and World Report. But you can follow this simple procedure to reduce bleeding if it continues:
- Moisten a tea bag with hot water and let the bag cool.
- Bite down on the bag and leave in place for 30 minutes before removing it.
You might be tempted to remove the bags to see if the bleeding has stopped, but this can disrupt the clotting process. More so, engaging in strenuous activities, spitting excessively, or drinking through straws can dislodge blood clots and worsen bleeding. So it is advisable to stay careful and avoid using a toothbrush for the first day of recovery. You can resume brushing after 24 hours to remove bacteria from teeth, cheeks, tongue, and gum.
When you bite on a teabag, it puts pressure on the wound, which primarily helps to stop the bleeding by inducing a clot. In addition, the tannins present in tea help to contract the capillaries and damaged tissues, helping to further stop the bleeding. Sometimes gauze is used because it works in the same way, but a teabag will taste better and is more convenient and generally available than a gauze.
Also, the tannic acid contained in tea bags acts as a natural antibacterial agent to prevent infection.
Best Tea to Use After a Tooth Extraction
So you may ask, “What is the right type of tea to use after extracting a tooth?”. Studies in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (EBCAM) suggest that green tea is a great option. The experiment shows that volunteers who used gauze soaked with green tea on their tooth extraction sites experienced a significant decline in bleeding. It’s interesting to note that there are also different variants of green tea, which each offer slightly different health benefits, however in the case of a tooth extraction any kind will do.
When to Consult your Dentist
You may not need a follow-up appointment after your wisdom teeth extraction if you don’t have any complaints. But if you still experience uncontrollable bleeding, a bad taste in your mouth, pus in and around your sockets, worsening swelling, severe pain, and/or fever after using the tea bags, then you need to consult your dentist or oral surgeon for immediate attention.
Our Final Say
Herbal teas are just one of mother nature’s many great gifts that we can turn to for improving our health. The teabag itself is an ancient staple that is effective for stopping your bleeding and keeping your oral cavity safe from any microbial infection.
As always though, be sure to consult with your doctor or primary medical physician prior to taking any of the natural remedies, herbs or general advice given in this article. This information is for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.