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It was a wise preventative measure to have your wisdom teeth extracted and help reduce your chances of developing tooth decay or gum disease on those teeth. After the wisdom teeth are extracted, there are a few things to keep in mind for speedy recovery.

While you are recovering and healing you will need to stick to a diet of soft foods like applesauce, mashed potatoes and yogurt. Maintaining a healthy caloric intake will speed your body’s ability to heal. It’s also important to stay hydrated. So drink plenty of lukewarm liquids without using a straw, as the suction can harm the incisions or pull blood clots loose.

You shouldn’t be alarmed if the incisions weep a little blood for a few days after your wisdom teeth are removed. To control the bleeding, you can lightly pack the area with sterile gauze. After the bleeding stops, you can rinse your mouth gently with lukewarm salt water to remove blood clots and soothe the gums.

Tobacco use poses a serious threat to your gum tissues ability to heal. It irritates the gums increasing recovery time and has the potential to cause a serious infection. It’s a good idea to talk to your physician about a tobacco cessation program, before having your wisdom teeth extracted. Try to select a program that doesn’t call for using lozenges or nicotine gum as they could also irritate your gums

If you have questions about how to speed your recovery after having your wisdom teeth removed, You should call Dr. Valerie Foster at 503.649.7011 to schedule an appointment.