Posted on 12/20/2019 by Clackamas Oral Surgery Office
|Infection is a serious risk for anyone who has just had surgery. Besides the extended pain it can cause, it can also cause your oral surgery procedure to fail.
For this reason, we always make sure to give you instructions on how to avoid infection post-surgery. If you follow our instructions, the risk of infection following your oral surgery will be reduced.
One instruction we always give after oral surgery is to maintain good oral care. After oral surgery, it will be difficult to clean your teeth with a toothbrush and floss normally, but we will give you advice on how to do so with other tools. It may be painful at first, but it's very important that you take the steps we give you to prevent infection.
How To Care For Your Mouth
Before beginning to brush and floss again, we may recommend using a salt and water solution to rinse your mouth. The salt and water solution will help to disinfect your mouth while you are healing right after oral surgery. Though salt and water can help prevent infection, it needs to be used carefully, and eventually, you'll need to start brushing and flossing normally again.
In most cases, it will be possible to start brushing and flossing in a little over a week. When you start to brush and floss again, you'll need to be very gentle. Aggressive brushing and flossing could damage the site of the surgery and rip open stitches. For your first-time brushing, make sure to be very cautious around the areas of surgery.
You may want to avoid these areas, but infection could occur if you skip them so just take your time. If you recently had oral surgery and would like to know more about how to prevent infection, we are here to help. Give us a call and we'll answer any dental related questions you have.