How to Keep Your Surgical Site Clean


Posted on 12/20/2018 by Kenneth D. Parrish, DMD, PhD
How to Keep Your Surgical Site CleanSome people will require oral surgery to fix a problem. Oral surgery can help replace lost teeth, correct sleep apnea, treat gum disease and many other problems. There are many factors that go into the success or failure of oral surgery.

Some of the things you do after the surgery will play a role. One of those things is keeping the surgical site clean. It is important to learn how to do it to have the best chance at a successful outcome.

Different Sites
There are many ways oral surgery can help improve your oral health, which means there are different types of surgical sites to consider. The good news is that many of the methods used to keep the surgical site clean work for many different surgical sites. The tips to keep the site clean include some things to do and some things to avoid.

Avoid
•  Alcohol - It can irritate the site. Remember that alcohol is found in many products including mouthwashes. Read liable to avoid using any products with alcohol after oral surgery.
•  Tobacco - It is best to avoid any tobacco use at all, but this is especially true if you want to keep the surgical site clean. This includes both smoke and smokeless tobacco products.
•  Hard Foods - To protect the surgical site turn to softer foods and avoid acidic and sticky foods.
•  Drinking through a straw - It is too easy for the straw to damage the surgical site.

Do
•  Rinse mouth with warm salt water. This will help keep the surgical site clean.
•  Keep any gauze pad on the site damp and put gentle pressure on it by biting down.
•  Brush your teeth and gums around the surgical site being careful to avoid any sutures.
•  Drink plenty of water. It not only keeps the site clean, it keeps the body hydrated.

The healing process from oral surgery can take anywhere from 3 days to several weeks depending on what was done. The care that you provide plays a big role in the success of the surgical procedure.

Talk to our dental professionals to find out how you can care for your surgical site and follow the directions. For more information about oral surgery or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
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