After getting dental implants you know not to bite into an apple right away or enter into a boxing ring where you could get punched in the face, but do you know how you should take care of your mouth for the first 48 hours following the procedure. From avoiding straws to gently rinsing your mouth with salt water, this article will discuss three recovery tips for you to use following your dental implant surgery. Read on to learn more.
For about the first 48 hours following surgery, you are going to want to eat foods that aren’t too hot, too cold, and that don’t require a lot of chewing. And although you may want to reach for a cold milkshake and drink it out of a straw, try to avoid straws for the first few days. Why straws? The sucking motion that your mouth makes when you are using a straw can cause dry sockets to for or can cause your wound to reopen.
Try Not to Exercise
Yes, it’s true that exercise is one of the best things that you can do for your body, but while you are recovering from dental implants, it’s one of the worst things you can do. As your body is trying to heal itself, it needs as much rest it can get. But by overexerting yourself, you will slow down the healing process.
Rinsing with Salt Water
Don’t rinse with salt water for about 24 hours following your dental implant surgery. Even though salt water is a natural and safe way to clean your mouth and get rid of bacteria, the swishing motion can disrupt your incision site and cause it to break open or become infected.
When you leave Blue Water Dental of St. John’s you will have all of the recovery tips and information that you need to heal safely. However, by using the tips listed above, you can feel better prepared. To learn more about dental implants or other dental procedures, contact Dr. David Sorensen at Blue Water Dental of St. John’s today!