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Periodontitis is a serious condition that can have long-term negative effects on your oral health. If it is left untreated for too long, your periodontitis might recommend gum surgery. After the surgery, there are a few things you can do to help speed up the recovery process. Let your doctor and periodontist know about any prescription medications you are taking.

Sometimes the periodontist will recommend that you are sedated. If so, you should plan to have a friend or family member drive you home after the procedure. Until your gums are completely healed, you will need to stay on a soft-food diet. For some people, it helps to plan your meals a week or two in advance. It’s also important to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of lukewarm liquids. Just be sure not to drink through a straw. The suction of drinking through a straw can affect the healing gum tissues.

Tobacco use irritates the gum tissue and increases the healing time. It also puts the gums at risk for infection. If you do use tobacco, you should talk to your doctor about a smoking cessation program. Try to choose a program that doesn’t use nicotine lozenges or gum as these can also irritate healing gum tissue.

Once you are healed, you will need to be diligent with your oral hygiene regimen in the future. Regular brushing and flossing at least twice per day is essential to making sure that you won’t develop gum disease again.

If you have questions about planning for your procedure or things you can do to help the recovery process, please call us at 512-327-6947 to schedule an appointment.