Oral surgery is any surgical procedure done in your mouth, on the jaws, and around your mouth. After undergoing oral surgery, you need to follow the post-surgery instructions for quick and proper healing. Here is what you should do and what you shouldn't do for smooth oral surgery recovery.
It is important to rest the day of your surgery. This is vital because your body needs time to recover. If you rest by lying down, you should keep your head comfortable to stimulate the proper flow of blood. This also reduces the swelling of your face and mouth. Keeping your head in a comfortable position helps reduce excessive bleeding post-surgery.
After the bleeding has stopped, you can start eating soft foods. We highly recommend that you consume only soft foods or liquids during the first two days post-surgery. Some of the ideal soft foods you can go for include yogurts, soups, and mashed potatoes.
Keeping your mouth clean is also something you should do. Also, make sure your mouth is clean all the time. However, it would help if you were careful when cleaning your mouth because it has fresh wounds. Cleaning aggressively can cause bleeding.
You should avoid chewing on hard, crunchy foods. Hard foods can dislodge the recovering wound and cause bleeding. Besides, biting on hard foods can weaken teeth, especially if you got new ones. This is why you should stick to eating soft foods.
You are also warned against consuming hot foods and drinks. Such foods can burn your mouth, interfering with the recovery process. It is not a good idea to compound your surgery discomfort with a burnt tongue. Contact our offices for more information on what you should and shouldn't do for smooth oral surgery recovery.