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Why You Never Use a Straw During Oral Surgery Recovery

Posted on 9/10/2019 by Tessa Smith-Greisch
Why You Never Use a Straw During Oral Surgery RecoveryAfter you have oral surgery, it is time to concentrate on the recovery. Everyone hopes for a fast and speedy recovery from oral surgery. They want to get back to their normal routine of life. The key to a successful recovery is following a list of do's and don'ts.

One of the don'ts that many people do not know about or choose to ignore is to not use a straw during their recovery. They do not realize the damage that this can do to their recovery.

The Dangers of a Straw

The goal after any oral surgery is for a fast and successful recovery. It is important to avoid activities that could delay or harm the recovery. When you use a straw, you are sticking a hard object into the area of the oral surgery. You may not think that the straw will harm the surgical site, but there is always the possibility.

While the idea of the straw scratching the surgical site is something easy to understand, it is not the most dangerous thing that a straw can do. For many oral surgeries, the surgical site is often a hole during recovery. It takes time for that hole or gap to heal and during that time, using a straw can put that surgical site in danger.

The Need for Blood Clots

After a tooth extraction, the hole left where the tooth was filling up with blood. The blood will clot and fill up the hole. It is important that the blood clot stays in place to allow the site to heal. If it is dislodged or comes out, bacteria can get in the surgical site and lead to an infection. Sucking on a straw can easily dislodge the clot from the surgical site.

If you have had oral surgery and think that a blood clot is no longer in place, you need to seek help as soon as possible. For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.

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