Post Operative Instructions After Oral Surgery

Every surgery has inherent risks, and one of them is the risk of infection after the surgery has been completed. In order to avoid such risks, there are always postoperative instructions that the patients must follow without fail in order to make 100% sure that they do not contract an infection on an open or healing wound. While the human body is extremely strong, and can fight off just about anything, there is no reason to tempt fate, also, an operation site is basically an open wound that is still healing, and is thus much weaker than the rest of the body. 

Oral Surgery

Oral surgery is a field of medical interventions where the risk of infection is much higher than other parts of the body. This is because there are active, living bacterial cultures all down our digestive systems, and our mouths are indeed a part of our digestive systems. Besides this, the mouth has its own bacterial cultures unique to it. This coupled with the fact that processed foods cause an extreme eruption of bacteria, make it so that extreme caution is necessary, and the following of the guidelines is very important.

The Bloodclot

There are many guidelines to follow, but there is one that is important over all. When the gums get messed with, and extractions or implantation happens, a bloodclot will form above the affected area. It is of vital importance that the bloodclot not be messed with, not get removed, and not get upset in any way shape or form. This bloodclot is what causes your mouth to heal, and if you remove it, there will be no healing at all. Inside this bloodclot is where new cells are made, and it will disappear and get absorbed over time. The temptation may be great to mess with it and touch it or remove it but you must be strong and resist, or face the risk of dry socket, a horrible, painful problem. 

Further Guidelines

Certain foods are forbidden during the healing periods after an oral surgery. Dairy products are absolutely off limits, as they may contain living bacterial cultures, which can start living in your wounds, causing a massive infection that is very hard to kill. Highly sugary foods are also off limits or should be eaten extremely rarely, as sugars are what cause bacterial colonies to multiply, essentially it is their sustenance in its raw and concentrated form. Foods with sharp edges, or that are hard, like hard candies, peanuts, nuts of any sort, really, should also be foregone until your surgical site is completely healed over, as these foods may dislodge or break up the bloodclot, which is a problem. Sticky foods like toffee should also not be eaten, for the same reasons. Extremely salty foods may be painful to eat, and foods that dry out the mouth, like very spicy foods, or tea and coffee should also not be consumed, as they may make the healing period longer.