How to Clean Extracted Teeth

by Lane Cummings

If possible, place your tooth in a special place when you've finished cleaning it.

first tooth image by Vladislav Gajic from

Having a tooth removed is an extremely painful procedure and traumatic for some people. At the same time, it's often a necessary process for individuals with cases of gum disease, broken or damaged teeth, certain wisdom teeth, mouths crowded with teeth, and other situations. Having a tooth extracted doesn't have to be such a negative experience. After the procedure, clean the teeth in such a way that you preserve it as a memory of the event or as a milestone in your life.

Items you will need

  • Latex gloves
  • Gauze
  • Jar
  • 10 ounces water
  • 1 ounce chlorine bleach
Step 1

Put on a pair of rubber latex gloves as a precaution. Rinse the tooth in warm water to remove any blood or lingering gum matter. Rub the surface of the tooth with a piece of gauze to thoroughly remove any remaining gum tissue.

Step 2

Pour 10 ounces of cold water into a clean jar with 1 ounce of chlorine bleach. Replace the lid of the jar and screw it on tightly. Shake the water and bleach to mix them thoroughly.

Step 3

Open the jar and place your extracted tooth inside. Allow the tooth to soak, fully submerged, for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the tooth and wipe it dry with another piece of gauze.

Photo Credits

  • first tooth image by Vladislav Gajic from

About the Author

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."