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Oral hygiene plays a crucial role in maintaining overall oral health, and it becomes particularly important prior to oral surgery.

Here are several reasons why oral hygiene is important before undergoing any oral surgical procedure:

  • Infection prevention: Good oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing and flossing, help control the buildup of plaque and bacteria in the mouth. By minimizing the presence of harmful bacteria, the risk of infection after oral surgery can be significantly reduced. Infections can lead to complications, delay the healing process, and cause discomfort and pain.
  • Reduced risk of postoperative complications: Maintaining a healthy oral environment before surgery can contribute to a smoother recovery. Oral surgery involves manipulating tissues and performing incisions, which can provide an entry point for bacteria. By starting with clean teeth and gums, the risk of complications like dry socket, infection, and delayed healing is reduced.
  • Improved surgical outcomes: Oral surgery aims to correct various oral health issues, ranging from extractions and implant placements to gum surgeries and jaw corrections. By starting with a healthy oral cavity, good oral hygiene minimizes the presence of potential sources of infection and promotes optimal conditions for healing and tissue regeneration.
  • Enhanced overall health: Oral health is interconnected with general health. Poor oral hygiene has been linked to various systemic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and respiratory infections. By maintaining good oral hygiene habits before oral surgery, you not only reduce the risk of postoperative complications but also support your overall well-being.To maintain good oral hygiene before oral surgery, it is recommended to brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Flossing daily helps remove plaque and food debris from between the teeth and along the gumline. Additionally, using an antibacterial mouthwash can help reduce the bacterial load in the mouth. It’s also advisable to schedule a dental check-up before oral surgery to address any existing dental issues and receive professional guidance on oral hygiene practices specific to your case.

Remember, practicing good oral hygiene is extremely important especially prior to oral surgery. We cannot emphasize enough how significant the role of having a clean mouth in postoperative recovery and healing.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask any of our doctors or clinical staff.

Written by Dr. Julius Hyatt