If you’re facing an upcoming oral surgery, whether you’re just getting a filling or getting your wisdom teeth removed, you might wonder what to do to speed up your recovery and protect your mouth while it heals. Here are our tips for recovering from oral surgery:

Take your Prescribed Antibiotics

If your oral surgeon prescribed antibiotics for after your surgery, it’s crucial that you take them as directed. If you don’t, you could get an infection, which could delay your healing time and cause other major health problems.

Avoid Hard/Crunchy Foods

This might seem obvious, but hard or crunchy foods could hurt your recovering mouth. Stick with things that are liquid, like soup or milkshakes, or soft, like mashed potatoes, bananas, and applesauce, until you’re sure you’re healed.

Follow Care Instructions

If your oral surgeon says to change your gauze every X hours or to use a special mouthwash or anything else, you should do it. Your surgeon knows what is necessary to prevent infection and encourage speedy healing, and following their directions will get you healing faster.

Don’t Use Straws

This advice is particularly important if you’ve had your wisdom teeth removed or another tooth pulled, but using a straw can cause dry sockets, a painful condition that can also delay healing or lead to nerve damage.

Avoid Chewy Foods

Anything that requires a lot of chewing (steak, salad, etc.) is going to put stress on your mouth and should be avoided while you’re recovering from an oral surgery. Foods that stick to your teeth, candies, marshmallows, and gum, for example, should also be avoided, as they can stick around and cause decay.

Don’t Neglect your Oral Hygiene

You should always be diligent about brushing and flossing, but don’t let your oral hygiene slack because you’re not feeling well. Keeping your teeth clean is crucial for oral health and the best way to avoid needing another oral surgery.

Whether you’re having a tooth pulled, your wisdom teeth removed, or a cavity filled, Weber, Mountford & Ruszkowski Family Dentistry can help you. Set up an appointment today!