What should I rinse my mouth with after oral surgery?
For the first 24 hours, you should refrain from rinsing and focus on resting. Once a day has passed, it is recommended to rinse your mouth with warm water and a dash of salt four times everyday until the healing process is complete. It is also important to rinse with water after every meal to remove any food from the surgical area.
What should you not do before oral surgery?
It is essential that you refrain from eating or drinking for at least 6 hours prior to the appointment and no smoking for 24 hours beforehand. It is also important to make arrangement for drop-off and pick-up as you must have an adult drive you home after the procedure.
How long does it take your mouth to heal after oral surgery?
It can really depend on several factors: the procedure needed to extract the tooth, dental health, and how well you follow aftercare instructions. In the best case scenarios, you can expect it to take three days for the surgical area to clot. If a more intensive procedure is required, in the case that a tooth is still within the gums, it might take up to a week before you can return to normal physical activity.