3 Tips for Faster Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery

Dentist extracting a wisdom tooth

Dentist extracting a wisdom toothDid you know that about 10 million wisdom teeth are removed from around five million Americans annually? The annual cost amounts to more than $3 billion! If you recently underwent a wisdom tooth removal, here are some tips on how to deal with wisdom teeth pain in Salt Lake City.

Go on a soft food or liquid diet.

During the next few days after your wisdom teeth removal, stick to a liquid or soft food diet. Some soft foods include mashed potatoes, puddings, eggs, gelatins, smoothies, and cooked cereals. Do not eat any spicy foods right away, as well as peanuts, pasta, rice, or popcorn. Make sure that you drink a lot of water but avoid using straws. You can also include cold coconut water for more hydration.

Clean your teeth and mouth well.

It is vital that you keep your teeth and mouth clean but avoid rinsing your mouth vigorously after your surgery. If you smoke, quit for a while (or for good) and avoid any strenuous exercise to avoid any bleeding. You can brush your teeth hours after the surgery but make sure you do it gently and avoid the areas that underwent surgery. If you will use mouthwash, dilute it or use salt water to prevent pain and swelling.

Take your medications.

Your dentist will prescribe pain relievers for post-surgery care. Take your medications exactly as prescribed. More importantly, heed the advice of your doctor and avoid exerting too much effort to avoid bleeding and swelling.

Taking it easy

Wisdom teeth extraction is a major surgery so if you plan to have one, schedule it well. Make sure that you prepare for it physically, emotionally, mentally, and financially. Try to take it easy for the next few days so you can recover fully and fast.