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Home care instructions after a flap surgery procedure

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Posted by: tearteye  (9 years ago)
Hello there,

Years ago, the dentist diagnosed me of gingivitis. Since I was not feeling any pain or discomfort, I ignored it. I did not floss but I brushed my teeth twice a day. Two weeks ago, I visited the dentist again because I noticed that my gums were swollen and they bleed easily. He said I now have a severe gum disease (periodontitis) and he recommended a gingival flap surgery. I had the procedure this morning and I was looking for some tips or home care instructions to help speed recovery. Has anybody had this surgery? What is the recovery time for this? Thanks!
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Posted by: colorcode  (9 years ago)
Hi there!

Do not rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours after the surgery; this may stimulate bleeding. Have something cold to drink and soft to eat such as gelatin, pudding, or light soup
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Posted by: proudmama  (9 years ago)
Apply an ice or cold pack to your face during the first day (the day of the surgery) to help relieve swelling and pain. If you still have swelling on the second day after the surgery, use warm compress. It is very important for you to keep your mouth as clean as possible while the surgical site is healing. You should brush and floss normally. Your periodontist should examine the area again in 7 to 10 days after the surgery.
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