Gum Grafting Recovery

The first thing to keep in mind after your gum grafting procedure is to follow the aftercare instructions given to you by the dentist. Your recovery can last two to four weeks, so here are some additional tips to help your mouth heal and remain infection free while you stay comfortable.

* Ice and Pain Medication

You will be able to manage the swelling and discomfort with these. Ice can be used for 20 minutes at a time during the first 24 hours post surgery. The dentist may have a suggestion for a pain medication to use.

* Avoid Talking
Talking can stretch your gums and loosen the gauze. Minimize speaking for the first two to three days.

* Stay Plan Free for Three Days
You should be able to resume light workouts and go back to work the following day, but giving yourself as much time at home to rest is the best way to shorten your healing period.

* Avoid Touching the Surgical Site
If you are curious about the surgery and how your mouth is healing, this is not the time to investigate. Leave your dressing on the wounds and let it heal unbothered. If any bleeding does not spot after you apply pressure for 20 minutes, reach out to the doctor right away.

* Eat Soft Foods
Liquid diets are ideal for the first day or two; soups and smoothies are a great way to get your nutrients without straining your mouth. Keep your food room temperature avoiding anything too hot or cold. When you start reintroducing non-liquid foods, cut it into small pieces. Some great options to consider are: oatmeal, soft fish, tofu, applesauce, eggs, gelatin, pudding, ice cream, and yogurt. Keep the fruits with small seeds for after your mouth has healed so they do not get caught in the dressing or the incision itself. Save your toast, chips, cookies, and candy for after your mouth is completely healed.

* Take Care When Brushing
You should only brush the side of your mouth unaffected by the surgery and avoid the area of the gum graft. The dentist may provide you with or suggest a special oral rinse to prevent microbial growth.

* Don’t Overexert
Exercising after surgery can increase the swelling, bruising, and bleeding.

* Use Vitamins A and C
Vitamin A foods to include in your diet after surgery are carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, and spinach. Vitamin C foods to include are papaya, citrus, strawberries, brussels sprouts, broccoli, and bell peppers. These vitamins help reduce inflammation and help your body heal. Try to keep these versions of those foods soft and free from seeds and pulp. Vitamin A keeps your mucous membranes healthy preventing dry mouth. The vitamin C in citrus fruits may come with too much acidity so the leafy green options may be better to enjoy.
* Try Tea Bags
If your gums have started to bleed or are feeling sore after surgery, you can use steeped and cooled tea bags from black teas on the sites. The tannins found in tea help your body stop bleeding and can even provide antiseptic qualities to wounds.

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