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Dental care important after oral surgery
Updated: 1/27/2009 5:00:04 PM

Dental care important after oral surgery Patients interested in a quick recovery after oral surgery have to practice a bit more structured form of dental care to ensure they heal properly.

Dental care after a wisdom tooth extraction warrants food that has been finely blended, the Associated Press reports. Also, in what may be a surprise to some, patients should avoid using mouthwash soon after the procedure.

The reason to hold off from what may be one's daily dental hygiene routine, is that most brands of mouthwash contain alcohol as an ingredient, which can interfere with the normal blood clotting process by drying out the blood clot too soon.

WebMD suggest rinsing with warm salt water after meals and before bedtime for the first couple of recovery days, which will assist in the removal of food particles from the mouth without causing harm to the gums or unnecessary pain.

Dentists also recommend continuing to brush one's teeth, but avoiding the area where the surgery took place, as well as placing ice wrapped in a towel over the impacted area on the face to reduce swelling.

If there is pain after three days, patients are urged to see their dentist immediately, according to WebMD.

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