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3 Tips to a Successful Recovery from Oral Surgery

Recovering from an oral surgery of any kind can be a sensitive process for anyone, but luckily there are several steps you can take to make it easier on yourself and more pleasant for your mouth. Besides looking forward to enjoying whatever improvements that you have made to your smile and your refreshed state of oral health, here are some of the things you can do to better survive your recovery time from oral surgery.

  1. Avoid solid foods.

At least for a few days directly following your oral surgery, it is highly recommended that you take it easy on your teeth by sticking to a liquid diet or a soft foods regimen. You can safely indulge in delicious and nourishing foods like smoothies, soups and broths that are easy to consume. This will help you give your jaw and teeth a rest while they recover from the procedure.

  1. Try not to brush the affected area.

Many people are tempted to keep the area of the mouth that just got surgery clean by brushing it, but vigorous scrubbing is best avoided until some time after the recovery. The last thing you want to do is to damage any of the important work that was just done by removing stitches or disrupting the healing environment. Instead, many dentists and oral surgeons recommend gentle swishing and rinsing with salt water or a mouth wash. 

  1. Take a break!

Most importantly, give your whole body a chance to rest after the event of oral surgery. Though your mouth was most directly affected, your whole body is influenced by any surgical event so it is wise to give yourself a few days post-surgery to rest, recover and simply take it easy.

Following the steps above will help you have the best possible recovery from any kind of oral surgery. Look forward to enjoying your renewed smile!