Post-Op Care for Wisdom Teeth Removal

woman using an ice pack on her jaw after wisdom teeth removal surgery

Did you just get your wisdom teeth removed? We bet you’re ready to be fully recovered so you can get back to normal life. We want that for you as well! To help your mouth heal, you need to make sure you follow proper post-op care instructions. Here are some things to keep in mind while you’re on the road to recovery after your wisdom teeth removal:

Watch What You Eat

When you’re eating and drinking, it’s important that you don’t irritate the surgical area. It’s best to stick to soft foods right after your wisdom teeth extraction, such as mashed potatoes, pudding, and Jell-O. You should also avoid using straws since sucking through them could dislodge the blood clot that you need to form where your teeth were removed. Remember to drink lots of liquid to stay hydrated and properly nourished!

Cool it with the Workouts

Even though wisdom teeth removal is a surgery on your mouth and not somewhere else on your body, you should keep your exercising to a minimum. Strenuous physical activity can end up causing more bleeding. Not to mention, nothing beats lots of rest for helping your body heal.

Take Care When Cleaning Your Teeth

While your mouth will be a little sensitive after your oral surgery, you still need to clean it properly—just do so gently. You can brush and floss like normal, but take extra care around where the teeth were removed. The first couple of days after your wisdom teeth extraction you should avoid rinsing if possible since that can also dislodge your blood clot.

If you have more questions about post-wisdom teeth removal care, feel free to contact Jones Creek Family Dentistry. We provide wisdom teeth extraction so we’re familiar with how to help patients get through recovery without any speed bumps.

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