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Gum disease, gingivitis and periodontitis are serious conditions. If left unchecked, your periodontitis might require surgery. If so, you’ll need to know what to expect and things you can do to help speed the recovery process. The type of procedure you had will influence your general recovery time.

Plan to focus on a soft-food diet while recovering. Avoid foods that are hard, crunchy, sticky, spicy or acidic. Beverages should be around room temperature. Do not drink with a straw as the suction can affect the area.

You should maintain regular brushing and flossing in the other parts of your mouth. You should lightly brush the teeth in the affected area with a soft-bristled toothbrush after the bleeding has stopped and the dressings have been removed. You should lightly rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water around four to six times per day. Try to avoid vigorous rinsing.

It’s important to avoid touching or manipulating the gums. They will heal best if you leave them alone to allow the gum tissue to harden.

Tobacco use in any form can have a serious negative impact on gum tissue. It irritates the gum tissue, which increases the healing time while also putting the gums at risk for infection. If you do use tobacco, you should talk to your doctor about a smoking cessation program in advance of the procedure.

If you have questions about planning for your procedure or things you can do to help the recovery process, please call us at 818-558-4332 to schedule an appointment.