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Modern dentistry has made the wisdom tooth removal process quick and simple. That being said, a wisdom tooth extraction is still a surgical procedure. Practicing the right care routine will help you to recover quickly so you can get back to the activities you enjoy. Here are our top five tips for a speedy recovery after a wisdom tooth removal.

Get Quality Rest

This might sound like common sense, but we mention it first because it’s one of the most important things you can do for your recovery. After your surgery, spend the rest of the day relaxing in bed. Continue to rest for a few days and ask your dentist before returning to vigorous activities or exercises.

Practice Proper Mouth Care

Your mouth needs to heal after a wisdom tooth removal, so learn how to gently clean it. Do not rinse your mouth on the day of your surgery. Starting the following day, gently rinse your mouth after meals. Saltwater rinses can help promote healing.

Avoid Straws

You will probably enjoy many liquid meals such as smoothies after your wisdom tooth removal. Avoid using a straw for these drinks, as a sucking motion can disrupt your stitches or cause painful dry sockets.

Avoid Hot Beverages

It’s important to drink plenty of fluids after your surgery. While hot beverages like tea might help you to relax, it’s best to save these for after your recovery. Enjoy cold, warm, or lukewarm drinks instead as these are more gentle on your gums.

Follow the Doctor’s Orders

Follow your oral surgeon’s instructions after surgery. Everyone’s situation is different, and only your doctor will be able to tell you what is best for your recovery.