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Prevention and Treatment of Cavities

Prevention and Treatment of Cavities

Cavities are one of the most commonly known dental issues and something everyone dreads. When you go to the dentist, you may wonder, “Do I have a cavity?” in your mind. We have all experienced this fear! Luckily, treatment for and prevention of cavities are simple and more accessible than ever, especially at Stone Creek Dental.

A cavity is formed when your enamel becomes damaged and can eventually develop into a small hole in your tooth. There are many common causes of cavities, such as not keeping your teeth clean, overindulging in sugary snacks and drinks, and bacteria. Cavities can become highly problematic if ignored for too long. If left untreated, a cavity can grow and affect deeper parts of your tooth. Eventually, this can cause infection or even the loss of your tooth. So, what are some of the best ways to prevent cavities?

Prevention And Treatment Of Cavities

Regular dental cleanings and checkups

Staying on top of hygiene appointments and oral exams will prevent cavities from forming and catch any that have already formed in their early stages before they progress and cause more harm!

Use fluoride toothpaste

Brushing your teeth twice a day is imperative, but it is even more beneficial when using fluoride toothpaste. This will decrease your risk of tooth decay.

Enjoy sugary snacks and drinks in moderation

Specific snacks and beverages create acids that can be destructive to your enamel. If you have a sugar craving, rinse and brush your teeth soon after!

Ask your dentist about fluoride treatments

Fluoride treatments are a great preventative measure, especially if your teeth aren’t getting enough fluoride. We can perform fluoride treatments right here in our office and your routine cleanings and checkups.

Signs of a Cavity 

Despite your most thorough preventative efforts, there is a chance that you could still develop a cavity. There are a few simple indicators you can look for when watching for cavities. If a cavity is forming in your mouth, you may notice black or brown staining on a tooth, pain or sensitivity in a tooth, pain when eating or drinking something hot or cold, or even small pits in a tooth.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call our office immediately at (940) 891-0389!

Learn more on why keeping up with treatment is so important.

Our office offers treatment options for cavities that will restore your tooth’s look and feel back to its healthy state and function. These services include fillings, root canals, and crowns. Feel free to visit the services section of our website to learn more!

It is understood that some patients are concerned about the cost of preventative treatments and services for cavities. Luckily, we offer a Membership Plan that covers preventive care and gives discounts on treatment at our office. If you would like to learn more, check out this link. The Stone Creek Dental team wants to help you maintain the best dental health you can, and we hope this provides a little more insight on how to do so.

All about Dental Implants

All about Dental Implants

At Stone Creek Dental, years of practice have taught us that almost nothing can make a difference in one’s health, confidence, and overall quality of life as a healthy smile. Self-consciousness from missing or failing teeth can have a negative impact on your life. But we know there is a solution! We have witnessed countless individuals who once suffered from missing/failing teeth or ill-fitting dentures and are now enjoying all the foods they once loved that they thought were lost to them because they received dental implants. We have seen patients walk into our office feeling embarrassed by their smiles, only later to walk out beaming with the smile they’ve always wanted. Implants may be the solution you have been looking for, and we would love to help you to learn more.

There are many misconceptions about implants. Past experiences often cause anxiety about pain surrounding any procedure. We do our very best to make sure your experience is relaxing, comfortable, and as pain-free as possible from beginning to end. Many believe that getting dental implants will be a long-drawn-out process where they will go for weeks or even months without a fully functioning mouth. However, in most full arch cases, you can be in and out of the office on the same day with implants and a temporary smile. After the implants are healed, you return and get your permanent teeth. Some patients may even be under the impression that they aren’t a good candidate for dental implants because of personal situations, including age or health. Dental implants are a good option for almost everyone!

If you want to learn more about keeping up with treatment, check out our blog.

So how will dental implants benefit their recipients?

A dental implant acts just like a natural tooth root, maintaining complete stability of the attached tooth or teeth and stimulating the surrounding bone so that the bone retains its volume. Dental implants can last a lifetime when properly placed and with proper care. They are often the most conservative tooth replacement option and can be a better option than complex dental work to try and save a tooth where the tooth is already highly compromised.

How do dental implants work?

They involve three parts. A titanium implant replaces the root portion of a missing natural tooth when performing the implant procedure. On top of that is placed an implant abutment. A replacement tooth or crown, which looks and functions exactly like your natural tooth, is then set to finish the process.

If you are considering implants, we have the perfect package for you! Stone Creek Dental offers a free consultation package.

You will receive:

1. Dental Exam

Our only goal is to help you, in a friendly, non-judgmental environment, ensure your oral health is the best it can be.

2. Cone Beam CT

This provides you with a comprehensive image of everything inside your mouth. Your comfort and ease are our highest priority.

3. An Expert Consultation on dental implants and more

Based on the exam and imaging results, we’ll let you know what’s going on inside your mouth and if there are opportunities for improvement.

4. Personalized Treatment Plan

Finally, we will provide you with a comprehensive step-by-step plan of action with all the information you need to make the best decision for you and your smile.

We hope this was helpful! If you have any questions, give us a call at (940) 891-0389.

Keeping up with Treatment

Keeping up with Treatment

The Stone Creek Dental team wants to do everything to ensure that the health of your smile is in top shape. Staying up-to-date with any diagnosed treatment is a substantial part of this.

Why should patients keep up with treatment?

1. You will be more comfortable! Whether you require restorative treatment or are looking for cosmetic treatment, getting it done will relieve pain and/or make you more comfortable with your smile. Nothing beats that!

2. Current dental issues will grow more severe if they go untreated. One of the main reasons patients develop severe oral health problems is that they do not follow up with their dentist’s recommended treatment. Not following through with diagnosed treatment will result in even more in-depth treatment.

3. You will save time and money spent in the long run. No one likes spending money they don’t need to. If you put off your diagnosed treatment, you’ll likely pay more later. While treatment can be costly, it becomes more expensive when delayed. More complex treatments usually require more time for the procedure(s) and subsequent recovery. You will thank yourself later if you schedule as soon as you can!

At Stone Creek Dental, our talented dentist is proud to offer an extensive range of treatments and wants to do what is best for each individual’s dental health needs. Based on the urgency of addressing specific dental issues and smile goals, each patient’s treatment plan will be unique. So what are some treatments offered by Stone Creek Dental?

Here are a some of our treatment options:

  1. Extractions – A chronic toothache or infection in a tooth may require an extraction. This will improve the overall health of your mouth and keep the problem from worsening.
  2. Invisalign – Do you want to straighten your smile but not have to worry about the drawbacks of traditional braces? Invisalign clear aligners could be the perfect option for you!
  3. Crowns – If you want to prevent a weak, broken, or cracked tooth from breaking further, a crown is the best option! It will protect your tooth while giving it a natural look.
  4. Fillings & root canals – Cavities and infections can be easily treated with our filling and root canal options! They both provide simple ways to restore and maintain your natural set of teeth.
  5. Implants – If you have had one or multiple teeth extractions, dental implants are an excellent option for replacing these missing teeth.

Stone Creek Dental offers many treatments, and these are just some of them! If you want to learn more about dental procedures, read our blog. To prevent further dental issues from arising, it is best to complete your treatment as soon as possible. If you have any questions for us or would like to schedule, give us a call at (940) 891-0389.

The Main Goal of Dental Routine Procedures

The Main Goal of Dental Routine Procedures

Did you go to the dentist every six months for a hygiene appointment and checkup when you were growing up? If you want to make sure you don’t spend extra time and money at the dentist, these regular appointments will help ensure that. So how do these appointments impact your dental health and what do they consist of? We are here to share more!

Why Should You Have A Dental Routine Procedure Visit?

The main goal of a hygiene visit is to get rid of any plaque and tartar that has built up on your teeth over time. Why is this important? There are some very advanced electric toothbrushes out there, but even using one every time you brush will be unable to remove the toughest plaque from your teeth. Certain areas of your teeth are harder to keep clean, even if you floss regularly. Your hygienist will be able to use special tools to thoroughly clean these areas, which will prevent dental disease and extra visits to our office!

You will also receive an exam from the dentist, which is just as important as your cleaning! Your dentist will carefully examine your teeth and gums to determine their health and catch any early signs of dental problems or oral cancer. This is easy to treat if it is caught early on. X-rays are another aspect of routine appointments and are used by your dentist to check for any internal dental issues such as damage to the jawbone, decay between teeth, or impacted teeth.

If your mouth isn’t given regular attention by a professional, gum disease may develop. It will easily be spotted when you come in for your appointment. When it comes to declining oral health, gum disease is one of the most common results. Your hygienist will examine your gums for signs of disease and use preventative hygiene measures to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy in unison.

Dental anxiety is a common problem. All the cleaning and exam procedures performed by your dentist and hygienist are effective, safe, and meant to keep your mouth in prime health! If going to the dentist makes you nervous, make sure to let us know. We specialize in working with patients who struggle with dental anxiety and will do everything we can to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Explaining checkups and procedures as we do them is one way we can do this, and we hope this blog helps alleviate some stress you may feel.

It is important to come in for an appointment every six months as it will save you money and time in the long run. If you would like to schedule an appointment at Stone Creek  Dental,  give us a call at (940) 891-0389. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and do everything we can to make your visit with us go as smoothly as possible.

Love Your Teeth!

Love Your Teeth!

Just because Valentine’s Day has passed doesn’t mean you have to stop with self-love! At Stone Creek Dental, we want to make sure your smile gets the love and attention it deserves. Keeping your smile bright and healthy involves more than brushing and flossing daily. Taking the health of your smile to the next level can be done by working on a few simple tasks into your oral health routine. We hope these straightforward tips on keeping your smile in good health will give you something to be excited about.

Here are six simple practices you can adopt at home to elevate your oral care routine:

  1. Don’t brush too often. You may feel the need to brush your teeth after every meal. However, brushing more than twice per day can damage your gums and enamel. If you still feel the need to have your mouth feel clean after every meal, try rinsing with plain water. This will disrupt food particles without placing extra pressure on your teeth or gums.
  2. Keep your toothbrush holder clean. This may not be a step you think of taking when it comes to keeping your teeth themselves clean. If you haven’t cleaned your toothbrush holder in a while and take a close look at it, you may notice that it has accumulated grime. Your toothbrush holder holds on to many of the germs that reside in your bathroom and is known to be the third-dirtiest household item. To keep it clean, we recommend washing it in your dishwasher a couple of times per week!
  3. Eat teeth-whitening foods. Did you know that there are foods that can help whiten your teeth? Crunchy foods generally need to be chewed for longer, and therefore your mouth will generate more saliva while eating them. Saliva assists in neutralizing acids that wear down your enamel, which will help prevent yellowing. In addition to this, foods that are coarse and rich in fiber, such as apples, pears, carrots, lettuce, celery, and cucumbers, can help rid the surfaces of your teeth of accumulated plaque.
  4. Don’t spend too much time on your favorite sugary drinks. Some people finish their favorite latte or soda in a few quick gulps, while others nurse on it for hours. So why is finishing it quickly more beneficial for your teeth? Suppose your teeth are being exposed to sugar over a more extended time. In that case, bacteria in your mouth that use sugar as a food source will metabolize it into lactic acid. This acid can eventually dissolve the healthy minerals on your teeth, leading to cavities down the road.
  5. Start by brushing in the back of your mouth. All of us are probably guilty of skimping on paying attention to brushing our back teeth during our oral care routine. These teeth need some love! Your molars are more prone to infection and gum disease because of all the hard-to-reach spots surrounding them. Brushing your back teeth before the rest of your mouth will ensure you are not too fatigued to hit all the right places!
  6. Switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush. Have you ever had trouble with sensitivity while brushing your teeth? This may be due to applying too much pressure as you brush, which can be exacerbated by the quality of the bristles on your toothbrush of choice. It is common knowledge that you should switch out your toothbrush every few months. Make sure you keep doing this but pick up a soft-bristled brush on your next trip for a switch. In addition to these brushes being better for your teeth and gums, applying less pressure when you brush will help minimize abrasiveness.

Keeping your smile in top shape should be something you strive towards no matter what time of year it is! Following these six simple steps will definitely improve the health of your teeth. If you’re interested in treating yourself to something extra, Stone Creek Dental offers both take-home teeth whitening kits and ZOOM in-office whitening. We promise both of these options will increase your confidence and make you even more proud of your smile! Give us a call at (940) 891-0389 if you would like to schedule an appointment or have any questions about our teeth whitening or other cosmetic options.

Shine Bright for the New Year!

Shine Bright for the New Year!

Who is excited for the New Year? At Stone Creek Dental, we view 2022 as the perfect time to leave bad oral health habits in the past. If you don’t have any goals or resolutions for 2022 yet, we are here to give you some easy ones. We want to help benefit your oral and overall health in every way we can, so here are ten sustainable goals to help you keep your teeth in top shape this year:

  1. Keep up with your flossing. If you have been to see us recently, you know how much we emphasize flossing. When you floss, you can clean surfaces of your teeth that a toothbrush cannot reach. Floss twice a day with your brushing!
  2. Drink water that is infused with fluoride. Fluoride is excellent at helping prevent the onset of cavities by giving your teeth a stronger resistance to acids.
  3. Brush your teeth gently. If you use too much pressure when you brush your teeth, you can damage your gums over time.
  4. Start brushing twice per day for two minutes each time. We hope all of you are already brushing twice per day, but increasing your brush time to two minutes will ensure a healthier smile and a lower likelihood of developing cavities.
  5. Schedule your first hygiene visit of the year. We recommend seeing your dental hygienist every six months. If you haven’t come in for hygiene since June, it is time to schedule! Keeping up with your hygiene appointments has many benefits, the greatest of which is keeping any plaque and tartar that has developed on your teeth under control.
  6. Keep up a healthy, balanced diet. Everyone knows staying away from sugar is essential for the health of your teeth, but did you know having a generally balanced diet is too? Fiber-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables and dairy products are beneficial to the overall health of your teeth and enamel.
  7. Drink more water. Water is vital for all areas of your health, including oral health! When you drink water, especially with a meal, it will wash away plaque-causing substances such as sugars and starches.
  8. If you like to chew gum, make sure it is sugarless. In addition to this, chewing sugarless gum after big meals can help prevent tooth decay!
  9. Commit to replacing your toothbrush every three months. If you use the same toothbrush for too long, the bristles will become worn out and less effective at cleaning your teeth. This may mean more visits to the dentist and more money spent in the long run. Prevent this from happening, and start your year by treating yourself to a new toothbrush today!
  10. Use mouthwash. Mouthwash is great for fighting bacteria, especially on your tongue and gums. You will see the best benefits of mouthwash if you use it for 30 seconds twice per day as a part of your brushing routine.

We promise you won’t regret adopting these practices. The long-term health of your smile will thank you later!. If you have any questions about oral hygiene or simple ways to take care of your teeth, give us a call at (940) 891-0389. We would love to answer any of your dental questions and get your first hygiene appointment of 2022 on the calendar!

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How to Choose a Toothbrush

How to Choose a Toothbrush

We use our toothbrushes multiple times daily and do not spend much time thinking about them. You most likely believe that all toothbrushes have an equal ability to keep your teeth in good shape. This is untrue. The toothbrush you use and how you use it significantly impact your overall oral health. Therefore, it is essential to choose the right toothbrush for you. Don’t worry if you don’t know where to start! We are excited to give you some of our favorite tips and tricks for selecting the right toothbrush and using it well.

When toothbrushes began to be commonly used in the 1930s, there wasn’t a wide selection. Most people were using toothbrushes that had nylon bristles. These days, we have much more variety. In the United States, we are lucky enough to have many toothbrushes at our fingertips at local grocery stores and drugstores. You may believe the only two types of toothbrushes out there are electric and manual, but there is much more to it than that!

Five things to consider when selecting a toothbrush:

  1. Professional recommendations. It is best to get the opinion of your dentist when looking to choose a new toothbrush. They will know your oral health needs better than anyone and, therefore, will be able to help you select a toothbrush that is tailored to your needs. When buying one, you should make sure that you pick one with the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval.
  2. Variety of bristles. Some toothbrushes have uniform hairs across the whole head, while others have a mixture of soft to stiff bristles and even some rubber components. Choosing which type is right for you should be based on your oral health. If you have gum problems, it is best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  3. What should my child use? Your child should use a toothbrush with soft bristles and one that can easily fit into their hand. Have your child pick out the toothbrush if they are old enough to understand. Getting children involved in this process early will help them cooperate with oral hygiene and make it more fun.
  4. Safety. Safety may not be something that you think of regarding brushing your teeth. Choosing a safe toothbrush for your unique oral health and brushing tendencies is imperative. For example, if you generally brush aggressively, an electric toothbrush may be a better choice for you as it will make it easier to be gentle while still cleaning your mouth.
  5. Manual vs. Electric. Many people think that electric toothbrushes are significantly more effective than manual toothbrushes. This is false. It is more vital that you know how to use your toothbrush correctly, and the manual versus electric debate mainly comes down to your preferences.

Believe it or not, this is just the beginning when choosing the right toothbrush. Size, cost, and likability are essential factors in your selection. The more you consider these things, the easier it will be for you to find a toothbrush that is the right fit for your unique oral health! Give Stone Creek Dental a call today at (940) 891-0389 if you have any questions about selecting a toothbrush or would like to book an appointment. Learn how to have an uneventful wisdom teeth recovery.

Gum Care

Gum Care

Brushing and flossing are most likely the first things that come to mind when you think about taking care of your smile. Surprisingly, there are many more things that go into keeping your mouth in order! Your gums have a central role in your oral health and can be in poor shape no matter how white and shiny your teeth are. 

What do you know about gum disease? You should consider yourself lucky if you have never had to contend with it firsthand! Plaque buildup along and underneath your gum line is what causes gum disease. Gingivitis, the first phase of gum disease, makes your gums sore, swollen, and occasionally bloody. Gingivitis is luckily very easy to treat since it does not have any impact on the bone that is attached to your teeth. 

Ignoring gingivitis can result in periodontitis, which is the most dangerous form gum disease can take. The tissue and bone connected to your teeth may be severely impacted by untreated periodontitis. It can slowly destroy your teeth. If you have a constant bad taste in your mouth, swollen gums, loose permanent teeth, a receding gum line, or sore and bloody gums, you may have developed gum disease. Don’t worry too much, because gum disease is very easy to prevent, and we are here to share five of our favorite ways to keep your gums in prime shape!

  • Use therapeutic mouthwash. Almost any drugstore or pharmacy will carry it over-the-counter. This type of mouthwash can help reduce the speed tartar develops, reduce plaque, and even reduce gingivitis. Make sure you are also looking for the American Dental Association seal on any therapeutic mouthwash.  
  • Use fluoride toothpaste. Almost every toothpaste brand will claim to reduce the risk of gingivitis. So how do you know which ones are the best? When you pick out your toothpaste, ensure it contains fluoride and has the American Dental Association seal of acceptance!
  • Get your teeth cleaned regularly. Your dental hygienist can remove any tricky plaque and tartar formed on your teeth. Doing this every six months will keep your teeth much healthier than trying to take oral hygiene into your own hands only! In addition to this, your dentist can detect the early signs of gum disease and start a treatment plan before it turns into gingivitis or even periodontitis. If you already have gingivitis, regular hygiene appointments can help reverse its effects. 
  • Make sure to floss! Flossing once or twice per day will help remove any tricky plaque buildup that your toothbrush is unable to get rid of. Since plaque is the main cause of gum disease, flossing is a must! 
  • Brush twice a day. Brushing after breakfast and dinner is the easiest thing you can do on your own to keep your smile healthy! Brushing will help remove plaque and bacteria, and flossing will do the rest! Also, make sure to brush your tongue, as it can carry bacteria as well. Electric toothbrushes are the best option to remove plaque more effectively than manual toothbrushes. Make sure you change out your toothbrush or toothbrush head every three months.

These steps may seem like a lot, but we promise they will be beneficial in preventing the onset and progression of gum disease. If you haven’t been visiting us for your bi-yearly appointment, it is time to get scheduled! If you don’t use floss or mouthwash daily, you should definitely start! Call us today at (940) 891-0389 to schedule an appointment. Let’s keep your gums healthy together! More for wisdom teeth recovery.

Make Your Smile Sparkle for the Holidays!

Make Your Smile Sparkle for the Holidays!

Having a fresh, white smile is known to boost confidence, especially during the holiday season when your social life ramps up! For as long as dentistry has been mainstream, teeth whitening has been a popular cosmetic procedure. It has gotten to the point where people are easily able to find whitening tips on the internet or over-the-counter whitening treatments. Some of these tips are neither accurate nor effective, and it is important to differentiate which tips are which. We want to help! In this blog, we debunk common teeth whitening myths and give you ways to make your whitening experience as effective as possible. Let’s get your smile sparkling for the holidays!

You may remember a time or two when you used Crest Whitestrips or brushed with baking soda and didn’t get the whitening results you expected. We have all been there! Luckily, there are effective ways to get your smile as white as possible. We have some encouraging tips to share with you!

  • You can whiten your teeth at home! Most dental offices, including ours, offer take-home whitening kits. These kits are much more effective than drugstore whitening options and just as easy to use! 
  • Professional whitening will last longer than over-the-counter options. This is one of the many reasons professional or dentist-approved take-home whitening treatments are the best options. You will get more for your money and your teeth will dazzle for even longer! 
  • Good oral hygiene will prolong the effects of my whitening treatment. Your results will last longer if you stay on top of your oral hygiene! This includes brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, and going to your dentist every six months for a routine cleaning! 
  • You cannot whiten an implant or crown. There are many ways around this! If you consider having your teeth whitened but are about to get an implant, try whitening them before the implant is put in. 

It is always good to hear different viewpoints, including on teeth whitening. However, certain tips you will find online are pure myths. Here are a few of the most common misconceptions regarding teeth whitening: 

  • Whitening toothpaste works well. Many household name companies sell toothpaste that is advertised as a whitening product. There are two main reasons why you should not use whitening toothpaste as your primary brightening technique. The first is that the chemicals that whiten your teeth need to be in contact with them for an extended period to work, not just the couple minutes it takes you to brush your teeth. The second reason is self-explanatory: whitening toothpaste costs more than regular toothpaste!
  • Baking soda is an effective DIY whitening method. An extremely common way people try to whiten their teeth at home is by brushing them with baking soda. Many people don’t know that baking soda can mess with the balance of bacteria in your mouth. This can eventually lead to oral health issues.
  • At-Home Teeth whitening will remove all of your stains. Depending on what types of stains are on your teeth, this may not be true. Certain people are more prone to long-lasting stains on their teeth, such as smokers and coffee drinkers. In addition to this, our teeth tend to yellow as we get older, which will, in turn, make them more difficult to whiten.
  • Over-the-counter whitening options work just as well. While these options can make your teeth look a little brighter, they will not give you the same results as whitening with a professional will. Professional whitening is safe, effective, and worth the time and money!

At Stone Creek Dental, we want to help you make the most informed oral health decisions possible. We hope our tips on teeth whitening are able to do just that! If you’re interested in getting your teeth whitened, we offer both in-office and take-home whitening. You can call us today at (940) 891-0389

if you would like to schedule an appointment or have any questions on teeth whitening. We want to help your smile shine for the holidays! Click here for tips and tricks for a pain-free wisdom teeth recovery.

Wisdom Teeth Recovery

Wisdom Teeth Recovery

Have you had your wisdom teeth removed? If you aren’t aware, “wisdom teeth” is another name for the molars that are the furthest back in your mouth. They will usually come in during your teenage years. The majority of the population doesn’t have enough room in their mouths to fit their wisdom teeth. Because of the lack of space, teenagers and young adults usually end up getting their wisdom teeth removed by way of surgery. Whether or not you still need to get your wisdom teeth taken out, we are here to give you a few of our favorite tips and tricks to having the most successful recovery process possible.

  • Manage the pain carefully. There is a high chance that you will have some pain and swelling in the days immediately following your surgery. One of the best ways to manage this is by using an ice pack. Make sure to ask your dentist about how often you should be using it. It is also important to not directly place ice on your face, as it can result in an ice burn. Pain medication is another way to help your recovery along. Your dentist will be able to guide you in whether you need to be taking over-the-counter or prescription medications. You may also be advised to take antibiotics. Antibiotics will help protect your mouth from infection as the wounds heal. 
  • Think about what you are eating. Making sure you are eating foods that will aid your recovery is essential. Your mouth will most likely be sore after surgery, and you probably won’t have a huge appetite. The best foods to consume while recovering are those that won’t require much chewing and will be safe for your stitches. Soup, mashed potatoes, soft smoothies, pudding, cottage cheese, and apple sauce are all equally yummy and safe foods for recovery! You should also avoid foods that are too hot or could potentially get stuck in the surgery site. It is important to avoid drinking from a straw, as slurping too aggressively may compromise your stitches or the blood clot that protects the wound. The more careful you are with what you eat after surgery, the sooner you will be able to re-introduce your usual favorite foods into your daily diet! 
  • Take your recovery seriously when you get home. It is essential to take precautions when you get home from your surgery to avoid infections and other painful problems. Rinsing with salt water to keep the surgery wounds clean and free of bacteria is one of the most simple and effective things you can be doing. Make sure you don’t forcefully spit the saltwater when finished, but let it gently fall from your mouth. Your mouth will have some blood in it right after the surgery, so make sure to gently clean the wounds with gauze or a cotton ball after rinsing. It is also integral to avoid dislodging your stitches. This can disrupt the healing process and lead to dry sockets, which are painful and can lead to a prolonged recovery process. Make sure to be gentle with yourself!

It may be a common surgery, but wisdom teeth removal needs to be taken seriously. Managing your pain carefully, being careful about what you are eating, and keeping the surgery wounds clean are three straightforward ways to make sure your recovery period is as quick and easy as possible! You should also listen to and heed any advice your dentist gives you regarding wisdom teeth recovery. If you or someone you know has questions about wisdom teeth removal and recovery, feel free to call us today at (940) 891-0389.