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If you want a top-notch oral health and smile after oral surgery, then you need to take the recovery process seriously. In fact, if you don’t heal properly, there is a good chance you can suffer complications. So, please remember to follow the instructions your dentist, Dr. Paul Hanna, gave you. To help you, our dental team would like to list the things you should NOT do after oral surgery.

First, don’t exercise. This means you should not go to the gym, play sports, lift heavily, or even bend over to pick something up for two to three days after the surgery. You need to rest as much as possible.

Second, don’t consume the foods your dentist mentioned. Those foods should have included hot, hard, and crunchy foods. Hot foods are dangerous because when your mouth is numb, you can’t tell how hot the product is. This can result in the food burning the tongue, gums, and oral tissues. Hard and crunchy foods are dangerous because they can slip and injure the surgical site while you’re eating them.

Third, don’t clean the treated area of the mouth until your dentist tells you to. This means you should avoid brushing, flossing, and rinsing until the necessary time.

Fourth, don’t use tobacco or drink alcohol. Tobacco and alcohol can delay the healing process and even cause complications, like dislodged blood clots. It’s best to avoid smoking and drinking at least 24 hours after the surgery.

To learn more about what not to do after oral surgery in New London, Connecticut, please contact Paul Hanna, DMD PC at 860-442-3323 when you get the chance. Our dental team is happy to assist you, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!