Tips To Help Yourself Recover Quickly Following Wisdom Teeth Removal

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Wisdom teeth removal is something that plenty of people will have to go through at some point in their lifetime. So if your dentist informs you that it's time for them to go, there's no need to panic. At the same time, though, it is true that the immediate aftermath of wisdom teeth removal can be a bit uncomfortable or even painful. Your dentist will likely have a list of best practices you should follow and can even prescribe medication. You should always follow your dentist's advice first and foremost, but in general, here are some additional tips you can use to help you recover as quickly as possible.

Remember Gauze Is Your New Best Friend

It's normal for your mouth to bleed a bit following wisdom teeth removal. In fact, when you wake up, your dentist might already have some gauze in your mouth to help stem the bleeding. But you should also be prepared to tackle unexpected bleeding over the next couple of days once you leave the dentist's office. Either purchase some gauze on your own or ask your dentist if you can have a little extra before you leave. Any time you start bleeding, hold the gauze down over the affected area for 30 minutes.

Become a Tea Drinker

Tea contains natural tannic acid, which can help contract blood vessels and reduce pain. If you weren't a big tea drinker before the surgery, now might be a good time to start. For extra pain relief, you could even put a wet tea bag directly inside your mouth at the spot where it hurts. Tea is a great natural remedy if you are concerned about getting too hopped up on medication.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

Your body heals faster when it is properly hydrated and has a high assortment of vitamins to work with. You may be tempted to only eat popsicles in the 48 hours following your surgery, but try to take some extra steps when possible to get some extra nutrition into your system. If you are having trouble handling anything that is hard, consider tossing some fresh fruits or veggies into a blender and making yourself a liquefied dinner. 

For a quick recovery following wisdom teeth removal, always follow your dentist's advice first and foremost. That said, it can't hurt to have a decent supply of tea bags, gauze, and healthy foods waiting for you when you return home from the dentist's office. If the discomfort lasts more than a few days, contact your dentist for further instructions.


11 October 2016