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How to Care for Your Mouth After Surgery

Oral surgery is one of the most common types of surgery seen in the United States and elsewhere. Your teeth require a lot of care to stay strong and healthy for your entire life, and that requires some oral surgery procedures in almost everyone at some point in their lives. And oral surgery poses its own unique consequences and concerns with recovery from surgery that can be difficult if not impossible to manage if you aren’t prepared. Here are a few ways that you can care for your mouth after surgery for the best recovery possible.

Use a Cold Compress

The first thing that you can do to care for your mouth after surgery is to use a cold compress on the painful area. Your mouth is very prone to swelling when injured post-surgery and using a cold compress can help to slow and limit the swelling in your face and ease the pain. Using a bag of frozen peas is a go-to option for many people who enjoy the gentle flexibility of the loose peas. Apply the cold compress for fifteen-to-thirty-minute intervals, and then give your face a small break before reapplying.

Watch What You Eat

The next step to care for your mouth after surgery is to watch what you eat. As long as your mouth is still recovering, eating certain foods can cause you severe pain, discomfort and cause other health issues. You need to start very slow in recovery with food. Soft foods like yogurt, smoothies and milkshakes are easy on teeth. Avoid hard and crunchy foods that require a lot of force and pressure on your mouth. Slowly work your way up to eating a regular diet again. It is always better to move a little slower than possible than to go too fast.

Take A Painkiller

Finally, you are going to want to take a painkiller after mouth surgery if you are experiencing intense pain to help. Your doctor may prescribe you a painkiller or they may not, but they will certainly give you directions for painkillers to take whether over the counter or prescription or neither. Just remember that it is easier to prevent pain from starting than to decrease it once it starts.

Oral surgery can be very painful surgery to recover from. Taking the proper steps can make it much easier and quicker to recover from. Follow these three tips and you can recover from your oral surgery right away.

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