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Prevention and Treatment of Cavities

Prevention and Treatment of Cavities

Cavities are something everyone has heard of and everyone dreads. When you go to the dentist, you may have the question, “Will I have a cavity?” in the back of your mind. Everyone has been there! Luckily, cavities prevention and treatment of cavities are straightforward and more accessible than ever, especially at Huntsville Family Dental.

A cavity is a damaged area on your enamel that can eventually develop into a small hole. Cavities have many causes; some of the most common include overindulging in sugary snacks and drinks, not keeping your teeth clean, and bacteria. Cavities are problematic, but they can become even more problematic if left untreated. If ignored for too long, a cavity can grow and affect deeper parts of your tooth. This can lead to infection or even the loss of your tooth.

So, what are some of the best ways to help with prevention and treatment of 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 to help with cavities

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

Certain 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, along with your routine cleanings and checkups!

Sometimes, however, things can slip through the cracks, and you may find that you have developed a cavity despite your best preventative efforts.

What are some signs that suggest you may have a cavity? 

If a cavity is forming in your mouth, you may notice pain or sensitivity in a tooth, pain when eating or drinking something hot or cold, black or brown staining on a tooth, or even small pits in a tooth. Remember, there are ways to find prevention and treatment of cavities.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call our office immediately at (936) 295-5437!

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

We offer treatment for cavities that will restore a tooth’s look and feel back to its natural state and function. These services include fillings, root canals, and crowns. Feel free to visit the services section of our website to learn more!

We understand that some patients may worry about the cost of regular preventative treatments and services for cavities. Our office offers a comprehensive Membership Plan that covers preventive care and discounts on treatment. If you would like to learn more, check out this link.

The Huntsville Family Dental team wants to help you obtain the best oral healthcare possible, and we hope this provides a little more insight on how to do so.

All about Dental Implants

All about Dental Implants

At Huntsville Family Dental, years of practice have taught us 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 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!

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. On top of that, an implant abutment is placed. 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! Huntsville Family 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. 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 (936) 295-5437.

Keeping up with Treatment

Keeping up with Treatment

At Huntsville Family Dental, we want to do everything to ensure your dental health is the best. This includes emphasizing the importance of staying up-to-date with diagnosed treatment.

So why is keeping up with treatment so important?

1. 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!

2. 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!

3. 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.

Our dentist is proud to offer a wide range of treatments at Huntsville Family Dental and always makes sure he does what is best for each patient. Treatment looks different depending on the patient’s smile goals and the urgency of addressing dental issues. So what does Huntsville Family Dental offer treatment-wise? Here are a few of our options:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Implants – If you have had one or multiple teeth extractions, dental implants are an excellent option for replacing these missing teeth.
  4. Wisdom teeth removal – Most people need to have their wisdom teeth removed. Generally, wisdom teeth do not have enough room to grow naturally without shifting your other adult teeth and causing issues with the alignment of your smile. Luckily, we can easily remove them and aid you in recovery. 
  5. 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.

These are only some of the various treatments offered here at Huntsville Family Dental! Remember, it is best to get your treatment taken care of as soon as possible to prevent further dental issues. If you need to schedule your treatment or have any questions for our staff, call us at (936) 295-5437.

The main goal of Dental Routine Procedures

The main goal of Dental Routine Procedures

Do you remember growing up, you heard that going to the dentist every six months for hygiene and a checkup is essential? Routine appointments will not only keep your smile shining but will also prevent you from developing severe oral health issues that can lead to more time and money spent at the dentist. So what do these routine checkups consists of, and how does each aspect contribute to your overall oral health? We are here to tell you everything you need to know!

Many people struggle with dental anxiety. There is nothing to be scared of when you come in for your routine appointment! All the cleaning and exam procedures performed by your dentist and hygienist are safe, effective, and made to keep your oral health in the best shape it can be in. If going to the dentist makes you anxious, make sure to tell our office. We specialize in working with patients who struggle with dental anxiety and will do everything we can to make your visit as comfortable and easy 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.

When you first come in for your hygiene appointment, your hygienist will clean built-up plaque and tartar off your teeth. 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. Specific surfaces of your teeth are much more challenging to reach and clean, even if you keep up with flossing. Your hygienist will be able to use special tools to thoroughly clean these areas, which will prevent dental disease in the long run!

Gum disease can develop if your teeth aren’t given regular attention by a professional, and it is easily spotted when you come in for your appointment. Gum disease is one of the most common culprits for declining oral health. Your hygienist will examine your gums for signs of gum disease and use preventative hygiene measures to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy in unison.

The dental exam you will receive when you come in for your routine appointment is just as crucial as your hygiene! Your dentist will carefully examine your teeth and gums to determine their health and catch any early signs of dental problems. Oral cancer is also checked for. If caught early, oral cancer can be easily treatable. X-rays are another aspect of routine appointments and are used for your dentist to check for any internal dental issues such as decay between teeth, impacted teeth, or damage to the jawbone.

It is better to come to the dentist every six months than to put it off and have to spend an excessive amount of time and money on treatment later on. If you would like to schedule an appointment at Huntsville Family Dental give us a call at (936) 295-5437. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and do everything we can to make your visit with us as positive and straightforward as possible. Learn about the basics of gum care.

Dr. Pressley: Get to know Huntsville’s Favorite Dentist

Dr. Pressley: Get to know Huntsville’s Favorite Dentist

At Huntsville Family Dental, we are so proud to be led by Dr. Pressley. Not only is he an incredibly passionate and talented dentist, but he makes coming to work every day an enjoyable experience and adds so much to the office’s atmosphere. Dr. Pressley spends so much time pouring out to his patients and getting to know them, so we wanted to allow all of you to get to know him a little better.

 

Dr. Pressley was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, and loves his home state! He attended the University of South Carolina (go Gamecocks!) for undergrad, where he received a track and field scholarship. While at USC, he was a USA Jr. National Champion in the 400-meter run in addition to earning All-American honors. After his undergraduate studies were complete, Dr. Pressley obtained his dental education at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. While he was at MUSC, he developed a passion for dental missions and completed trips to Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. Both of these trips were eye-opening and rewarding, and he felt honored to provide dental care to those for whom it was not easily accessible. Through these experiences, he developed a passion for helping others through high-quality dental care.

 

Although he is a South Carolinan at heart, Dr. Pressley loves Texas and got here as fast as possible! His approach to dentistry involves giving everyone a positive experience and putting his patients’ desires and treatment goals before anything else. He can successfully manage to stay on top of his patients’ immediate dental needs while creating a comprehensive plan for their long-term oral health. He also strives to constantly improve his dental abilities through continuing education programs and clinical experience. His skills have been developed in pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, prosthodontics, restorative implant dentistry, endodontics, and cosmetic dentistry.

 

If you are a patient who struggles with dental anxiety, Dr. Pressley is the perfect provider for you! Not only does he have a calming presence and make his patients feel welcome and at ease, but he also is licensed to provide non-IV conscious sedation. This tool can benefit nervous patients and give them a more positive experience.

 

When he is not serving patients at Huntsville Family Dental, Dr. Pressley has many hobbies. First and foremost, he loves spending time with his wife, Erica, and their two children, Cullen and Cali. In addition to this, he enjoys fitness, salsa dancing, and keeping up with USC Gamecock football in the Fall.

 

Dr. Pressley would love to meet you and have you join the Huntsville Family Dental family! Our office is open Monday through Thursday from 8 AM to 5 PM, and we are always more than happy to work with new patients. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pressley, give us a call at (936) 295-5437. We cannot wait to work with you! Read about gum care.

Shine Bright for the New Year!

Shine Bright for the New Year!

The New Year has arrived! 2022 is the perfect time to restructure your oral care routine and leave bad habits in the past. You have probably heard many New Year’s resolutions this month and maybe don’t believe people stick to them. We want to help you set goals that are simple, sustainable, and beneficial to your oral and overall health! Here are ten easy goals to help you keep your teeth healthy in 2022:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Brush your teeth gently. If you use too much pressure when you brush your teeth, you can damage your gums over time.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Oral hygiene and health are very important, and prioritizing them to start off the New Year will reap many benefits. Keeping up with these ten straightforward practices will have positive long-term effects on the health of your smile. If you have any questions about how to keep your smile healthy, call our office today at (936) 295-5437. We are happy to answer any questions and help you get your first hygiene appointment of the year scheduled!

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How to Choose a Toothbrush

How to Choose a Toothbrush

Toothbrushes are everyday objects that we often do not spend much time thinking about. You may even think every toothbrush is equal in cleaning your teeth effectively. This is false. The toothbrush you use and how you use it can make or break your oral health journey, and it is essential to choose the right one. If you have no idea where to start, do not worry! We are here to share some tips and tricks for choosing the right toothbrush and using it effectively.

Toothbrushes first became mainstream in the 1930s, but there were not many options. Almost everyone was stuck with a toothbrush that had nylon bristles. Today, it is a different story. In the United States, we are lucky enough to have many toothbrushes at our fingertips at local grocery stores and drugstores. You may think the only two types of toothbrushes out there are manual and electric, but think again!

Five things to keep in mind when choosing a toothbrush:

  1. Manual vs. Electric. Many people falsely assume that electric toothbrushes are leaps and bounds more effective than manual toothbrushes. This is false. It is more vital that you effectively know how to use your toothbrush correctly, and the manual versus electric debate comes down to personal preference.
  2. Safety. Safety may not be something that comes to mind when you think about brushing your teeth. However, it is imperative to choose a safe toothbrush for your unique oral health and brushing tendencies. 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.
  3. Professional recommendations. When looking for a new toothbrush, it is best to get the opinion of your dentist. They will have suggestions that are tailored to your personal oral health needs. When buying one, it is also essential to make sure that you pick one with the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval.
  4. Variety of bristles. You may notice that 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. For example, if you have gum problems, it is best to stick with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  5. What should my child use? It is crucial to pick out a toothbrush for your child that can easily fit into their hand and has soft bristles. If your child is old enough to comprehend, have them pick out their toothbrush. Getting children involved in this process early will make oral hygiene more fun for them.

Believe it or not, this is just the tip of the iceberg for picking out a toothbrush. Cost, likability, and size are important factors in choosing the right toothbrush. The more you consider these things, the easier it will be for you to find a toothbrush that is the perfect fit for your oral hygiene journey! Give Huntsville Family Dental a call today at (936) 295-5437 if you have any questions about choosing a toothbrush or would like to schedule an appointment. Learn about healthy wisdom teeth recovery.

Gum Care

Gum Care

When you think about taking care of your smile, brushing and flossing your teeth are probably the first things that come to mind. However, there is much more that goes into keeping your mouth in order! Your gums play an integral role in your overall oral health and can be in bad shape even if you have the whitest, brightest smile around. 

Have you ever heard of gum disease? If you have never had to deal with it, consider yourself lucky! Gum disease is caused by plaque buildup along and underneath your gum line. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease and will cause your gums to become swollen and tender and sometimes even bleed. Luckily, this type of gum disease is easily treatable since it does not directly impact the bone connected to your teeth. 

If you let gingivitis progress untreated, it can become periodontitis, which is a more severe form of gum disease. Periodontitis does impact the bone and tissue connected to your teeth, and if left untreated, can slowly destroy your teeth. Some signs you may have periodontal disease include but are not limited to a bad taste in your mouth, loose permanent teeth, swollen gums, tender, or bloody, and a receding gum line. Luckily, gum disease is easily preventable, and we are excited to share five simple ways in which you can keep your gums healthy!

  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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! 

 This may seem like a lot of information to take in, but we promise taking these simple steps will help prevent gum disease. If you’re not flossing daily or using mouthwash, now is the time to start! If you haven’t come in for your bi-yearly hygiene appointment in over six months, it is time to schedule. Call us today at (936) 295-5437 to make an appointment. Let’s work together to keep your gums healthy! Regular 6-month checkups are incredibly important, click here to read why.

Make Your Smile Sparkle for the Holidays!

Make Your Smile Sparkle for the Holidays!

Few things will make you feel more confident than having a sparkling white smile, especially during the holiday season! Teeth whitening has been a popular cosmetic procedure over the years. It has become so popular that you can easily find at-home teeth whitening tips online. However, not all these tips are accurate or effective, and it is essential to distinguish which tips are which. We are here to help you! In this blog, we debunk common teeth whitening myths and provide you with ways to make your whitening experience as effective as possible. Let’s get your smile sparkling for the holidays!

Having a diverse mix of opinions is generally a positive thing. However, this is not always the case for factual information, such as how to most effectively whiten your teeth. There are many common misconceptions about teeth whitening, and here are just a few of the most prevalent:

  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!

You may now be remembering a time or two when you brushed with baking soda or used Crest Whitestrips and didn’t get the results you wanted. That is okay! We have all been there, and luckily there are safe, effective ways to get your smile to shine bright. While it may seem as if there aren’t any good alternatives to the debunked myths above, we have some encouraging ones to share with you!

  • 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 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!
  • 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. 

At Huntsville Family Dental, we want to provide you with all the information to help you make your oral health decisions as easy as possible. We hope this myth-busting session was able to do just that! If you’re interested in getting your teeth whitened, you’re in luck! We offer take-home whitening. You can call us today at (936) 295-5437 if you have any questions about our whitening or would like to schedule an appointment. We want to give you a smile that will impress for the holiday season! Regular 6-month checkups are incredibly important, click here to read why.

Wisdom Teeth Recovery

Wisdom Teeth Recovery

Have you or someone you know gotten your wisdom teeth surgically removed? “Wisdom teeth” are the molars that are the furthest back in your mouth. The main reason they are removed is that they won’t be able to fit in most people’s mouths if they grow all the way in. Most people who need to get them removed do so when they are teenagers or young adults. Wisdom teeth removal involves a straightforward, quick surgery. Whether you still need to get your wisdom teeth taken out or have someone close to you who is planning on getting the surgery, we are here to help and share some of our favorite ways to keep your recovery as painless and quick as possible!

  • Manage the pain carefully. There is a high chance that you will have some pain and swelling in the days directly following your surgery. One of the best ways to manage this pain 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 this can potentially lead to 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. Finding the right foods to aid your recovery can help immensely. You may not have a considerable appetite directly after surgery, and your mouth will most likely be sore. The best foods to consume while recovering are those that won’t require much chewing and will be safe for your stitches. Mashed potatoes, smoothies, cottage cheese, pudding, soup, and apple sauce are all just as tasty as they are safe! You should avoid foods that could potentially get stuck in the surgery site or are too hot. It is essential to avoid drinking from a straw, as slurping too aggressively may compromise your stitches or the blood clot that protects the surgery wound. The more careful you are with what you eat after your surgery, the sooner you’ll be able to re-introduce your usual favorite foods into your 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 issues. Rinsing with salt water to keep the wounds clean and free of bacteria is one of the most simple and effective things you can be doing on a regular basis. 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 cause a prolonged recovery process. 

Recovery from wisdom teeth removal is just like any other surgery recovery and should be treated with gentleness and care. Proactively managing your pain, being careful about what you’re eating, and keeping the surgery wounds clean are three simple ways to keep your recovery quick, painless, and easy! Make sure to listen to and follow your dentist’s recovery tips as well. If you or someone you know has questions about the wisdom teeth surgery and recovery process, you can reach us today at (936) 295-5437. Regular 6-month checkups are incredibly important, click here to read why.