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In the first 24 hours after your procedure, you should avoid:

  • Eating for at least 2 hours, or until the anesthesia wears off
  • Vigorous physical exercise
  • Drinking through a straw or sucking actions
  • Smoking or using other tobacco products
  • Alcohol
  • Foods that are extreme in temperature or spicy
  • Strong mouthwashes that contain alcohol

We also recommend that you:

  • Take a non-aspirin pain reliever to alleviate tenderness and discomfort, such as Ibuprofen, Advil, or Tylenol
  • Maintain a well-balanced soft diet
  • Rinse with warm salt water rinse 3 times a day (½ teaspoon in 8 oz. water)
  • Brush your teeth very lightly in the treated area. You may begin gently flossing the next day. You may brush and floss normally after 1 week
  • Use all prescribed rinses and medications as directed

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