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How to Prepare for Wisdom Teeth Removal

by Sam P. | July 11th, 2014 | Teen Perspective, Teens

orthodontist-287285_640Almost every teen has to get their wisdom teeth removed at some point or another, and I won’t lie to you, it isn’t fun. As I am writing this I am sitting on my couch icing my large chipmunk like cheeks in an attempt to have the swelling go down.  I had mine removed two days ago.  If you are having yours removed soon you should be prepared.

For starters, tell your parents which soft foods you would like to dine on for the days following your surgery a few days in advance so they can get them before your appointment.  The worst thing you can possibly do after your removal is have to wait even longer for something to eat, as you cannot eat or drink anything the day of the procedure.  Stock your fridge with yogurts and applesauce.  Also have at least a gallon of ice cream in the freezer, because between milkshakes and eating the ice cream plain you will go through the whole thing.  Don’t buy more than one, though, because you may have friends stop by to check up on you, and chances are they’ll bring ice cream.  Also have potatoes on hand.  It sounds weird, but to start transitioning back into chewable foods, mashed potatoes are a great way to test the waters as they require slight amounts of chewing.

Another thing to have in the freezer is frozen peas or corn.  They help greatly with icing since they can mold to the shape of your face.

Be sure to take the prescribed antibiotics the day before as you are directed to by your doctor or pharmacist.  Also, if you are given a mouthwash to use, make sure you use it.  However, don’t fill the extra pain medications they give you until after your procedure.  You may not need them.  If possible, try your best not to take them as they make many people sick, like me.

Another thing to remember is that if you are on birth control the antibiotics they are having you take will cancel out your birth control.  Anytime you take antibiotics your birth control will become ineffective.

Before you leave, prepare a spot for you to stay after your surgery.  If you do not have a television in your room, stay in a room where there is one, like a living room or a den.  Bring your own pillows, blankets, and fans, along with anything else you may need to make yourself comfortable.  If you do have a TV in your room and you think you will be most comfortable there you should be all set.  Wherever you will be residing during the following days, make sure they are stockpiled with means of entertainment.  As I mentioned before, a TV is preferable as it doesn’t take much effort to use.  After your surgery you may be tired so you don’t want to have to use much energy to entertain yourself.  Also have books and magazines to read nearby.

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