Surgery is stressful for your body, which is why it is often an option of last resort. The recovery process for any surgery can be detailed and difficult if you are not sure of what you need to do. Many people want to stay in bed and do as little as possible after a surgery, which can lead to further health problems. Even something as simple as not brushing your teeth can become a problem. Here are 4 ways that good oral health improves recovery after surgery.

Good Oral Health Improves Recovery

Limiting Bad Bacteria

One of the biggest threats to your health after a surgery is infections. You can get an infection from a lot of different sources, but most people don’t realize that one of the easiest ways to get an infection is through your mouth. Your mouth has a large amount of bacteria in it at any time. While some of that bacteria is helpful, some of it is not. Bad oral health kills good bacteria and lets bad bacteria thrive so that there is more than enough to spread to the rest of your body. By improving your oral health, that bacteria will be limited and will have a significantly lower chance of spreading to the rest of your body where your body will struggle to fight off the infection.  

Increasing Good Bacteria

Another benefit to oral health is an increase in good bacteria. Your mouth is a perfect environment for many forms of bacteria to grow and many of them have positive health effects including the ability to fight off other bacteria. If you are recovering from a surgery, you want as much good bacteria in your body as possible since it can help your immune system fight infections and relieve some of the stress on your immune system so your body can focus on healing properly.

Strengthening Your Immune System

Your oral health has a direct effect on your immune system. If you have bad oral health, your immune system has to focus on fighting possible infections and other negative effects stemming from your mouth. Once your oral health gets better, your immune system can relax a bit and focus on other areas. Your immune system will already be pushing its limits thanks to your recent surgery and letting it get too overworked can leave you open to serious complications from the surgery. Improving your oral health is a cost-effective and simple way to give your immune system some support and raise your chances for a better long-term recovery.

Makes Eating Easier

While it may not be obvious, having better oral health makes eating easier. After a surgery, many people lose their appetite for several reasons including increased difficulty eating. If you already have bad oral health, then eating can be excessively difficult for you after your surgery. Start working on your oral health to make eating easier. If you don’t have to deal with the added difficulties from bad oral health, then you will be more likely to eat enough for your body to heal rapidly.

It may not seem like an obvious fix, but improving your oral health can make a big difference in how you feel after a surgery. If you are planning on getting any kind of surgery in the near future, start working on your oral health now. Contact your dentist to see what you can do to have a better, healthier mouth.

Ready to Get Started?

At Family Dental Care of Bellevue, we are committed to providing quality dental care to our patients and their families. We are proud to have been voted one of the best dental offices in Washington State. If you are ready to take the first steps toward improving your dental health, we invite you to call 425-643-5778 today to make an appointment for your initial consultation.

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