June ,21 2015
A Wisdom Teeth Tale
My inner child could not let me write a teeth related post without throwing in Chip Skylark! There is no escaping The Fairly Oddparents. Like come on, in their universe the most successful teen pop star doesn't sing about girls and drinking but sings about dental care to better promote a successful smiling society? Ideal, isn't it, haha!
Anyway, hey everyone! With a bowl of vanilla ice-cream by my side on the sofa, you can tell where this post is going. Yes, as you know from my last post, I reccently had my wisdom teeth removed. Besides wondering as to why such an inconvenient set of teeth could be called 'wisdom teeth', there has been a lot of resting and relaxing as I head towards recovery.
I was fortunate enough to only have to get three teeth taken out, which apparently makes me highly evolved, haha! The anthropologist in my sister just loves that ; ) Yet, apart from the searing headaches and constant uncomfortableness which accompanied me before the operation, the aftermath has *knock on wood* been a far bit more comfortable. But there are some tips I would recommend if you or anyone you know is about to undergo a similar operation.
Drink Lots of Liquids
And I mean A LOT! A common problem arising after any wisdom teeth operation is dry rot, which is basically an infection when your wounds don't stay hydrated enough. According to my friends who have undergone it, it is excruciatingly painful and makes the recovery time stretch out longer. Easiest solution to it is to always have a drink by your side. Coffee, tea, water, juice, smoothies, or the like are all good.
Follow Your Doctor's Instructions
As always, your doctor knows best when it comes to your own recovery. Listen to him or her and do what they say so that you'll be back to your old self and enjoying cheeseburgers and pizza as soon as you can!
Eat Soft Foods
If you've ever had a tooth pulled out and they've given you a local, you'll know how weird it feels when you're mouth is frozen. Even though it will wear off in a couple of hours, chewing can be strenuous. Soft foods like oatmeal, pudding, and ice-cream or soups and soft pastas are the foods I have found best as they take very little effort to eat.
Sleep on Your Side
During the early days, choking is a common occurrence. With the effects of your mouth de-freezing and the aftermath of the operation, there is a lot of strain on your body. Lying on your side in your sleep can help prevent you from choking in the middle of the night if you suffer from this problem. Fortunately, I did not, but some other friends have had nightmares with this bit.
Stock Up on Must See Movies and Series
Like any other form of 'sickness' the most comfortable way to pass time is to watch TV. Pick out your favourites or the ones you have been dying to try *cough* Daredevil
*cough* and gear up for an awesome TV day or even YouTube day. In the early stages, avoid any comedies or a cry fest. I made the mistake of trying to watch a YouTube video and the tears in my eyes were not from laughing too hard. The intensity of laughing or crying adds pressure to your head which you really don't need.
No Over Exertion
Even if you feel okay, remember that you did just have surgery. Make yourself comfortable and, if you can, take time off of school or work. That is one reason I am grateful it is summer holiday. Your face is going to swell up, how much depends on each person, but tone it down on talking for awhile as it can be aggravating. Coming from the music lover you guys know I am, not belting out to my favourite tunes is killing me! However, it will all be worth it in the end.
I hope you're all well and I shall talk to you again on Wednesday : )