Question: I’m the type of person that loves to work out on a daily basis. Sadly, my exercise routine was rudely interrupted by the removal of my wisdom teeth. I would like to know if it is okay to continue exercising after the extraction of my wisdom teeth.
Answer: It can take up to three months for your mouth to heal after the removal of your wisdom teeth. However, this does not mean that you cannot engage in exercise such as pushups, press-ups, sit-ups, jogging, swimming, weightlifting and biking amongst others during the three month recovery period. You should be able to resume your normal activities after 48 to 72 hours. The 48 hour period following the extraction of your wisdom teeth is the most crucial time and as such you need to exercise a lot of caution in order to avoid aggravating the affected area. Thereafter, you need to be careful, but you should be able to resume your daily chores.
What Types of Mouth Exercises Can You Perform In Order to Accelerate the Recovery Period?
There are a couple of mouth exercises that you can perform following the removal of your wisdom teeth thereby accelerating the recovery period, while at the same time alleviating the pain caused by swelling. In addition to the exercises mentioned herein, you can also consult your dentist in regards to the types of exercises to do in order to minimize the pain caused by swelling of the jaw.
The following are examples of mouth exercises you can do after the extraction of your wisdom teeth:
Gradually opening and closing your mouth: 24 hours after the procedure has been completed, you will notice that your jawbone has been still for quite some time thereby causing inflammation of the muscles. This in turn makes opening and closing of your mouth slight difficult. But you can avoid such an instance by gradually opening and closing your mouth hence making talking and eating simple tasks.
Does Massaging the Affected Area Help?
Do not massage your jaws from the outside: Do not be tempted into massaging your jaws from the outside in order to minimize the swelling. Massaging your jaws will not only cause the muscles to ache more, but cause the socket to dry. The secret to preventing inflammation of the muscles is doing the usual jaw movements.
The pain in the jaw can also be alleviated by drinking cold and lukewarm fluids like coffee, milkshake and cold tea.