How to Take Care of Mouth Stitches

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The mouth is an entry point into the body for many different materials. As a result, when you get stitches after dental surgery or because of a cut in your mouth, you must take special care to protect the stitches to prevent infection. With the correct knowledge on how to care for your stitches, they will dissolve without a problem in about two weeks and your wound will be healed.

Things You'll Need

  • Cold water
  • Cloth
  • Rinse
  • Warm water (salt optional)

Stop any bleeding that may occur in the 24 hours after getting stitches. This is perfectly natural, and all you have to do is rinse your mouth with cold water and use a clean cloth to gently apply pressure on your stitches. Sit and do not use your mouth until the bleeding stops.

Avoid causing irritation around your sutures in your daily routine. Do not drink alcohol or smoke while your mouth is still healing, and be careful to avoid the stitches while you are brushing your teeth. Also avoid hot foods and beverages, spicy foods and foods with sharp edges.

Rinse your mouth with a rinse recommended by your doctor twice per day. A day after you get your sutures, you can begin rinsing with warm water or warm water with salt after every meal and before bed. This will flush out any food particles that may be caught in your stitches.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not pull at loose stitches. Simply allow them to dissolve and fall out of the wound on their own.

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