Infection Control Before and After Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Posted on 1/2/2024 by Weo Admin
Your surgery center has specific rules to control infections. While your surgeon will guide you in recovering from treatment, general guidelines exist to control infections before and after oral surgeries. Here, we will explore them.
Standard Precautions Before Surgery
You can take several standard precautions before undergoing oral or maxillofacial surgery. Most people do not understand the significant threat of infections they face even before surgery. The CDC recommends that you take precautions like washing your hands before eating. Washing your hands prevents you from infecting the potential surgery site. It is also a good idea to wear protective gear whenever necessary. Dental units are required to have clean water to prevent infections.
Infection Control After Surgery
The threat of infection after oral or maxillofacial surgery is significantly higher than before the surgery since you will have a healing wound in your mouth. You can implement several recommended precautions at home to control infections post-surgery. For instance, you may experience bleeding after an oral operation. In this case, elevate your head and gently bite down on a piece of damp gauze to reduce the risk of infections. You may keep the gauze in place to speed up the healing process while keeping infections at bay.
You will also receive prescribed medications to help you with the recovery process. Make sure you adhere to all instructions, as it goes a long way in controlling infections. You should not stop taking medications prematurely, even if you start feeling better. Also, do not subject your body to strenuous physical activities; it will likely slow down the healing process. Stick to the recommendations provided by the dental surgeon. If they require you to stay in bed for a couple of days, do not compromise.
Lastly, avoid chewing on your sutures or eating hard foods. We advise you to eat soft foods until you have fully healed. For any questions regarding infection control, contact us for professional insight.
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