A beautiful smile requires healthy teeth and gums. Gum disease can, unfortunately, rob you of periodontal health, resulting in gum recession. Gum recession leaves more of your tooth surface vulnerable to decay and infection. Because gum tissue does not grow back, your periodontist will need to perform gum grafting in Miami, FL, to replace lost gum tissue and restore your smile. In this treatment, donor tissue is grafted to the area of recession and will integrate over time. If you are having a gum grafting procedure, you can help speed the healing process by following all post-op instructions and the helpful hints below.

5 Ways to an Easier Recovery after Gum Grafting

Eat a soft food diet. Think smoothies, soups, and yogurt. You want to provide your body with nutrients and satisfy hunger without disturbing your new grafts. Avoid anything with extreme temperatures after gum grafting. Let all food and drink settle to room temperature before you enjoy them.

Take Vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential to healing and has anti-inflammatory properties. Foods rich in this vitamin include oranges, papaya, strawberries, peppers, tomatoes, brussel sprouts, and cauliflower. Vitamin A and protein will also help your body to heal after your gum grafting procedure.

Rinse with salt water after 24 hours. While you should not rinse at all during the first day after your gum grafting procedure, your doctor will encourage you to begin warm salt water rinses on the second day. Mix one teaspoon of sea salt per 8 ounces of water and rinse your mouth after meals or drinks, if not drinking water, for best results.

Use tea bags for bleeding. The tannic acid in tea encourages the blood to form a clot so if bleeding is an issue after gum grafting, steep some tea. Let the bags cool and then place them at the site of the bleeding.

Take it easy. You should avoid any type of exertion after gum grafting surgery. Your body needs rest to heal properly.

If you suffer from gum recession, call our office to learn more about gum grafting in Miami, FL. Dr. Scott B. Ross and Dr. Bradley A. Ross are experienced periodontists who can help you improve the appearance and health of your smile. Schedule your consultation today.