Wisdom tooth extraction is a procedure used to remove 1 or more wisdom teeth from the mouth. This can be done as a preventative measure or to address a specific issue that threatens the patients oral health. While some individuals develop wisdom teeth that function properly within the mouth, most develop impacted teeth that lack the necessary room to erupt. This lack of space can cause teeth to develop at several problematic angles and can lead to a host of complications, including periodontal disease, cysts, and damage to surrounding bone. Following a wisdom tooth extraction, there are several precautions you can take to ensure a swift recovery. Be sure to drink plenty of water and consume only soft foods like pudding or yogurt for a day following treatment. In addition, It’s important to press pause on your oral health routine and abstain from brushing for 24 hours following surgery. When you do resume brushing, brush lightly against the surgical site and rinse your mouth with warm salt water every 2 hours for 1 week.