Posted on 7/13/2019 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
|Regardless of what type of oral surgery you have, you should take some time to rest afterwards so you recover properly. However, if you're like most people, you're ready to get up and get moving again right away.
There are several reasons why you shouldn't do this with one of the biggest reasons being that increased blood flow can dislodge the blood clot that forms to help your mouth heal. Instead, for the first few days after your oral surgery, there are other things you should be doing.
Apply IceUsing ice will help reduce any swelling you may experience. This is why you should apply it for 15 minutes at a time at 15-minute intervals – 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off.
Eat the Right Food
Whether you assume a liquid diet or simply stick to only eating soft foods for a few days after your surgery, your mouth will thank you for it. Things like soup, milkshakes, smoothies, yogurt, and mashed potatoes are recommended. What's even better though is if these foods are rich in vitamins A and C – things like scrambled eggs and stewed carrots.
While some of these foods are best served hot, make sure they're not too hot, especially when the anesthesia hasn't yet worn off because then you could burn your mouth.
Make sure you avoid eating anything hard or crunchy for 6 – 8 weeks after your surgery. Things like carrots, apples, and nuts could damage the area of your surgery and cause you more problems.
Maintain a Clean MouthAfter 24 hours you should gently rinse your mouth with some warm salt water four times each day. This includes after each time you eat so you remove the food bits from around the surgical site. You don't want to brush or floss this area of your mouth until it's fully healed. However, you do want to brush and floss the rest of your mouth. If you ever have a question, just reach out to us. We can help!
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