Oral Health

After you undergo dental surgery, the effects experienced are not pleasing. Pain in the jawbones, teeth, bleeding teeth, and swollen gums are common after one undergoes a dental surgery procedure. You are therefore required to take enough care of the wounds and pain to heal quickly.

It is, therefore, imperative that you maintain an environment that is free from infection after the surgery. This is necessary because sterilization of your mouth is no possible. This article is going to discuss the various tips you can employ to maintain your oral health after a dental surgery procedure.

You should avoid rinsing your mouth one day after surgery

Mouth rinsing should be avoided during the first day after the surgical procedure. From the second day, you can rinse your mouth by use of some salty water to remove germs. This should be done 4-6 times in a day. You should take care to avoid noisy rinsing since it might hurt the gums. Avoid eating stored foods, tobacco, and alcohol for the first two weeks
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If you have undergone a gum graft or root canal treatment, avoid brushing your teeth for about one week. You can also apply sterilized cloth dipped in salt water to clean your teeth gently as this will help in getting rid of the bad breath. You should also avoid touching the jawbones as this may cause infection leading to a failure of the surgical procedure.

Avoid opening your mouth forcibly

The dental procedure increases the stiffness of the jawbones since you are forced to keep your mouth wide open for long hours. It, therefore, becomes hard for you to open your mouth for about one week. To control this, you should massage your face around the jawbones by use of a moist cloth.

No chewing should be done on the wound

Sometimes the dentist might cover the tooth by using a wire gauze pad so as to stop bleeding in the area where surgery was done. You should, therefore, maintain calmness for about one hour by taking a rest with your head raised. This helps to stop bleeding. Also, avoid chewy and hard foods when you bleed in the gums.

No heat should be applied on the swollen area

Sometimes dental surgery might cause swelling near the wounded area. The swelling might even remain even for about a week. This swelling might lead to unusual facial appearance. To reduce this swelling, some people are tempted to apply heat. Heating increases blood flow leading to further swelling. The area should be massaged gently by use of an ice cube. This helps in the restoring of the jaw muscles.