Post surgical do's and don'ts

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  • Do use gauze or a fresh wet wrung out tea bag to completely cover the hole, bite down gently for 30 minutes

  • Don’t continuously rinse your mouth the first day, you will dislodge the blood clot and bleeding will continue.

  • Don’t sleep with the gauze in your mouth; take it out before you go to bed.

  • Do call us if you cannot get the bleeding to stop, particularly if you are on an anticoagulant.

  • Do note that a small amount of blood mixed with a larger amount of saliva can make it look more dramatic than it is! A little oozing from the surgical site is normal the day of the surgery.

Eating and Drinking

  • Don’t eat food that needs chewing while you are still frozen.

  • Do eat soft, fluidy, calorie rich foods like ice cream, especially if you are recovering from a general anesthetic and have not eaten since yesterday.

  • Don’t worry about getting food stuck in the holes.

  • Don't drink alcohol for 48 hours


  • Do take the medications as prescribed.

  • Don’t continue to take the medications if you think you may be having a reaction. Call us or your Pharmacist if you are not sure.

  • Don’t expect the pain medication to take away all your pain; it usually just takes the edge off it.

  • Don’t drive or operate dangerous machinery while taking a narcotic medication, you could be found to be ‘under the influence’.


  • Don’t worry about brushing your teeth the first day.

  • Don’t use harsh mouthwashes, they slow healing.

  • Do rinse with mild salt water (1 tsp per litre)

  • Don't smoke for as long as possible afterwards.