There’s never an ideal time to have oral surgery, but many people schedule their procedure during the holidays. Life tends to slow down during the season, giving you a break to focus on your recovery. Although your surgery might accommodate your schedule, it’s going to mean missing out on some of your favorite seasonal dishes or activities. Don’t worry, you can still enjoy the holidays. Here are 5 tips to make sure your recovery doesn’t damper the festivities.
1. Take time to rest.
Although you look forward to family dinners and shopping for the perfect gifts, you’re going to need to take it easy for a few days. Your body requires rest to recover, especially during the first couple of days after your oral surgery. You can catch up on your favorite Netflix series or read a good book to help pass the time.
2. Adjust your travel plans.
Whether you’re driving or flying, don’t plan to travel for about a week. It can take 24 hours for the effects of any sedatives or anesthesia to wear off. Not to mention, your surgeon may prescribe certain medications that may affect your cognitive abilities. Depending on your procedure, they may also place restrictions on your method of travel, like flying. Your oral surgeon will give you the go-ahead when it’s safe to take a trip.
3. Choose softer foods.
The holidays are full of tasty dishes and sweet treats, but you must watch what you eat. Your mouth will be sore for a few days, and you don’t want to aggravate the healing tissues. It’s best to choose softer foods that require minimal chewing, like mashed potatoes, stuffing, or pudding. You’ll want to avoid anything spicy, hard, or chewy until your oral surgeon instructs otherwise.
4. Choose your activities wisely.
Your oral surgeon will set limitations to your activities for a couple of weeks, so you’ll want to avoid playing football or other strenuous activities. Instead, choose relaxing activities to spend time with your loved ones, like building a puzzle, baking goodies, or playing a board game.
5. Avoid alcohol.
Certain holiday drinks and alcohol go hand in hand, like eggnog and rum. Although you might look forward to an adult drink, leave out the alcohol. It can affect your body’s ability to heal and fight infections. You don’t want to add unnecessary delays or complications to your recovery. Your oral surgeon will recommend drinking plenty of water to keep your mouth clean and stay hydrated.
You can enjoy the holidays while investing in a healthier smile. With a few precautions over the next few weeks, you can head into 2022 looking and feeling your best.
About Dr. Jeff Lee
Dr. Lee earned his dental degree from the Ohio State University before continuing his training by 4 years in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He can perform the most complex procedures, like surgical tooth extractions, bone grafting, or implant placement. If you need an oral surgeon you can trust, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.