Why is it necessary to avoid straws After oral surgery?
After tooth extraction, one of your first post-operative instructions is to not drink through a straw for at least 24 hours. If you or a household member has ever had a tooth removed, you may have heard this sign, but are you aware of its significance?
What Takes Place After a Tooth Extraction?
When I have surgery, why can’t I use a straw?
Other Post-Operative Instructions
- After the appointment, bite on a gauze pad for forty-five minutes.
- It should be replaced whenever it gets wet.
- After surgery, do not rinse or spit for 24 hours.
- Brushing close to the area requires extra caution.
- Follow the advice given to you by the oral surgeon.
- Keep your tongue and fingers out of the surgical site.
- For the first 48 hours, apply ice packs to the surgical area (on the cheek side) to prevent severe swallowing (20 minutes on, 10 minutes off).
- You should not smoke for at least 48 hours after surgery.
- Choose foods that are soft and, ideally, warm or cold. The perfect dessert is ice cream!
- After surgery, do not lift heavy weights or exercise for at least three to four days.
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