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Dangers of Not Keeping Up with Oral Hygiene Following Oral Surgery
Posted on 9/20/2018 by Marc Rosenthal, DMD, MD
All patients want to recover from oral surgery quickly, and we do all we can to make the procedure as comfortable for you as possible.
When you come in for your consultation, we will give you precise instructions for the day before surgery and how to take care of yourself following the procedure. It's essential that you follow those instructions carefully to ensure a quick and uneventful recovery.
The Importance of Good Oral Hygiene After Oral Surgery
There is a reason why we ask that you do certain things after having oral surgery. In some cases, it is to prevent infections, and in others, we do it to speed up the recovery process as much as possible. Any surgery is inconvenient and will interrupt your normal activities, but knowing what to expect and how to go about getting better will help you in the end.
Keeping good oral hygiene habits after surgery is critical to recovery. If you choose not to follow our instructions you could be setting yourself up for several problems including:
Infection due to lack of hygiene and care
Fever from an infection
Hospitalization for infection
Dislodged dry sockets after an extraction
Prolonged pain and swelling
Concerns Following Oral Surgery
You must avoid things like rinsing your mouth, drinking from a straw, strenuous physical activity, and brushing your teeth the day of the surgery. You may slowly start to go back to your regular habits as we instructed you. If you fail to do this, you can have serious problems that will prevent you from healing entirely and quickly.
Not following proper oral hygiene after oral surgery can have disastrous results for your overall health and should not be taken lightly. Please make sure you follow all the instructions we have given you before your surgery.