Do you have an upcoming oral surgery scheduled? If so, you are probably wondering what steps to take to prepare for your procedure and if there is anything you can do at home to improve your post-operative recovery experience. Our best oral surgeon, along with our compassionate team, offers some helpful tips for preparing for oral surgeries.
If you are preparing for an oral procedure for TMJ therapy, craniofacial or jaw surgery, or require surgical sleep apnea treatment, you should be aware of how your dietary habits and lifestyle can affect your procedure and recovery. In addition to nutritional concerns, medications you take may also affect your recovery.
Foods and Beverages to Avoid
Many common beverages should be avoided prior to surgery. Patients should abstain from alcohol for at least two weeks prior to their procedure. Energy drinks such as Red bull or 5-Hour Energy should be avoided for this same amount of time as well. Because dairy products contribute to mucous production and sinus congestion, milk and cheese should not be ingested at least one week before your procedure. Intake of sugary foods and beverages should be limited as well because sugar is a natural food source for oral bacteria. Patients should also drink at least 64 ounces of water everyday—especially during the two weeks prior to oral surgery.
Other beverages and substances to avoid before your procedure:
- Tobacco products of all kinds (for at least three months before surgery)
- Aspirin-based or anti-inflammatory drugs
Healthy Habits to Incorporate Before Surgery
Strengthen your immune system by eating a balanced diet with whole grains, lean proteins, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Be sure to receive adequate rest since sleep is important to rejuvenating the body and its tissues. In addition to eating healthy meals and drinking plenty of water, our oral surgeon urges patients to practice thorough oral hygiene. Your teeth should be brushed at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes each time and flossing should be conducted once a day.
If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Larry Wolford's office using our online contact form or call 214-828-9115