How Soon Can I Eat After Surgery?

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Now that you've had oral surgery in Plantation, you probably have many questions, such as how long it will take to recover, whether there will be any pain, or when and what you can eat.

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The How Soons

How Soon Can You Resume Your Regular Activities?

Light activities can be resumed as soon as you're ready. However, we do ask that you avoid doing anything physically demanding for roughly three days. While taking narcotic painkillers, avoid engaging in coordinated or attention-demanding activities like driving.

How Soon Can You Start Smoking?

Generally, you can’t smoke at least two weeks before and after treatment. Whether vaping or cigarettes, smoking interferes with the normal healing process after oral surgery and raises the risk of infections and dry sockets.

How Soon Can You Brush?

After oral surgery, maintaining good oral hygiene is always important. After 24 hours, you can start cleaning your teeth again. Additionally, rinsing your mouth with mild salt water (one-fourth teaspoon of salt in a glass of water) may be beneficial. For 14 days after surgery, refrain from using mouthwash or rinses containing hydrogen peroxide.

How Soon Can I Stop Taking Antibiotics?

Your doctor may advise antibiotic medicine if you have an infection in your mouth at the time of surgery or if you need significant surgery. You must take the prescription as indicated and keep taking it until the bottle is empty. You can call your dentist if you experience a reaction to the drug, such as a skin rash, and stop taking the prescription. Please be aware that certain antibiotics may affect how well birth control tablets work. Please inform your dentist so you can take a different type of antibiotic.

How Soon Can I Eat?

You can take out the gauze sponges in your mouth and eat something for around an hour following surgery. For the first 24 hours after surgery, see to it that you only eat soft foods. It would help if you also stayed away from hot foods and beverages within this period. It is also advisable that you refrain from using a straw when drinking. Your mouth will be more likely to heal properly if you take these precautions.

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Where to Get Oral Surgery in Plantation?

Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us if you have dental concerns. We’re here to help!