Bite firmly on the gauze that was placed on the extraction site for about 30 minutes or until you get home. Change the gauze every 30 minutes for about the first 2 hours if needed. After that the bleeding should stop, and there is no need to bite on a gauze. However, if bleeding begins again place a damp gauze pad or black tea bag over the area and bite firmly for another 30 minutes while keeping your head elevated. It is normal for some blood to ooze from the extraction site and mix with saliva giving the appearance of excessive bleeding. The color should be a light orangish hue, and there is no cause for concern. You may also find a blood stain on your pillow in the morning so cover it with a towel to protect it.
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