Have an oral surgery scheduled? We have some tips to help your recovery

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March 1st, 2017

Just like any surgery, oral surgery can be serious, and requires time for your body to recuperate. In addition to instruction from your dentist/doctor, the few tips below can help you with a strong recovery.


Bleeding is common for the first few days after an oral surgery. Tannic acid, commonly found in tea, has been shown to help reduce bleeding and encourage clotting. In addition to the gauze your dentist gives you, consider biting down on a moist black tea bag to help with bleeding.


Swelling and even moderate bruising are often associated with oral surgery. Keeping your head elevated (using pillows, etc.) can help reduce swelling, and holding ice packs against your cheeks may help with bruising and stiffness.


The conventional wisdom has been that rinsing with saltwater helps to keep oral surgery sites clean – and it’s true! Rinsing with saltwater – NOT mouthwash – after snacks or meals can keep food particles and other bacteria away from surgery areas. But be sure to wait 24 hours before rinsing, and when you do so, rinse gently – rinsing vigorously could cause pain or damage to the surgery site. Saltwater solutions can be created by mixing one tablespoon of salt to one cup of warm water.

Be sure to follow all after-care instructions your dentist gives you carefully, and call them with any concerns or symptoms that do not resolve.