Wisdom teeth extraction is ubiquitous these days, especially among teenagers and young adults, because people are far more aware of the risks posed by impacted wisdom teeth and the benefits of their early removal. Wisdom teeth are the last molars to grow in a person’s mouth and usually appear in the late teenage years or early ’20s. Because wisdom teeth arrive later, these molars have to squeeze themselves into the small space left in the gum. The limited space causes the teeth to grow in at awkward angles, even pushing against other teeth.
If left to grow, these molars can cause many serious dental problems such as gum infection, teeth decay, and cardiovascular complications. It is for this reason that people are having their wisdom teeth extracted as soon as they appear. However, wisdom teeth extraction is just part of the whole process. The space left by the extraction needs proper care so that it can heal well. So, it’s wise not to no do certain things during the recovery process. Your doctor should be able to advise you on the steps you need to take to boost faster healing.
So without further ado, here are the three things you really should avoid after wisdom teeth extraction.
Any Sucking Action
For at least 24 hours after your wisdom teeth extraction, avoid any sucking actions such as drinking beverages through a straw or smoking. The negative pressure can unexpectedly dislodge the clot, leading to a dry opening. This dry socket implies that the wound, jawbone, and the nerves are left exposed to all manner of germs, which can cause a painful infection.
Stress causes your blood pressure to rise, stimulating blood flow. If left unchecked, undue stress can be risky for you, especially if you have just had your wisdom teeth extracted. If the blood flows to the surgical site, it could dislodge the clot and leave an empty socket. So, to enable the surgical site to heal quickly, you have to rest and avoid people or situations that might stress you. Also, if you don’t need to talk, don’t. Finally, heavy lifting and other activities might increase your blood pressure. Oh, one more thing. Don’t do what the guy in the picture above is doing either.
Brushing and flossing
For at least a week after wisdom teeth extraction, avoid brushing and flossing, especially near the surgical site. This prevents further damage to the site. Rinsing your mouth gently with an antibacterial mouth rinse once in a while is OK, especially after every meal.
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