Posted on 10/15/2019 by Rodney Rastegar
|When it comes to the risks after oral surgery, there are many things that you may worry about. You will worry about not healing fast enough or being in too much pain.
Those things are legitimate concerns, but the biggest danger after oral surgery is infection. If you suffer an infection after oral surgery, it can quickly spread and cause an even bigger problem than you had before.
The Danger of InfectionWhen it comes to complications after oral surgery, the danger of infection is one of the most serious. An infection at the site of the surgery can ruin whatever work was done and could easily spread to other areas of the mouth or somewhere else in the body.
Infections after oral surgery can happen for different reasons. It is possible that if the surgery was to clear up an infection, that not all the infection was removed. It is also possible that a dry socket could lead to an infection. A dry socket occurs if after a tooth extraction, the blood clot that forms over the socket becomes dislodged and bacteria is allowed to grow in the socket.
Preventing the InfectionMost infections in the tooth result from the growth of bacteria. Bacteria are always present in the mouth, but the best way to prevent an infection after oral surgery is to limit the bacteria. Limiting the bacteria starts with finding ways to keep the mouth clean.
The body's natural way to keep the mouth clean is through saliva. The saliva in the mouth will help wash away debris and bacteria that collect in the mouth. After oral surgery, you can supplement the work of the saliva by taking a few extra steps.
Brush and floss regularly. While you may have to adjust the way that you brush and floss after oral surgery to avoid the site of the wound, it does not mean you should stop this habit completely. You can also turn to warm salt-water rinses and antibacterial rinses to help remove the bacteria from the mouth. The better you do this, the lower the chances for infection.
Do you want to know more about how to maintain good oral health before and after oral surgery? Schedule your next appointment and ask us what you should do.
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