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If you’ve just had oral surgery, you need to recover properly. The recovery process is very important when it comes to restoring the oral health. So, make sure you follow your dentist, Dr. Tae Chul Ho’s, instructions. To help you properly recover, our dental team is happy to list the things you should NOT do after oral surgery.

First, don’t overexert yourself, which means don’t work out, play sports, or even bend over or do the heavy lifting. You need to rest for two to three days after surgery.

Second, don’t eat hot, hard, or crunchy foods. It’s important to avoid hot foods and drinks because your mouth is numb. So, if you consume them, there is a chance you can burn your tongue and oral tissues. It’s important to avoid eating hard or crunchy foods with the teeth around the surgical site because the foods could slip and injure the area.

Third, don’t brush, floss, or clean the surgical area until your dentist tells you to. Your dentist should have given you specific instructions on how and when to clean the mouth after surgery.

Fourth, don’t smoke or drink alcohol. Smoking and drinking can interfere with the healing process and cause complications, like dislodged clots.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about what not to do during oral surgery in Manchester, Connecticut, please reach out to Buckland Hills Dental at 860-644-0099 and talk to a member of our dental team. We are here to assist you in any way we can, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We look forward to helping you!