Oral Soak Instructions – Dallas, TX

Setting the Stage for a Successful Recovery

After oral surgery, it’s very common to experience a moderate amount of stiffness and swelling inside your mouth. These symptoms should normally disappear on their own, but you can help the healing process along by performing oral soaks sessions on a regular basis. When discussing your aftercare, we’ll be sure to provide you with detailed instructions about performing oral soaks. You can find a general outline of the procedure listed below; we’ll let you know if you need to make any changes based on your oral health.

Oral Soaks Procedure

  • Mix a glass of warm saltwater using 3/4 teaspoon of salt to 16 ounces of very warm water. The water should be hot, but not hot enough to burn you.
  • Take a mouthful of this water and tip your head so as to soak the affected area. Do not swish, rinse, gargle or swallow. Simply hold the water over the area as a soak until the heat from the water fades away (about 40 seconds).
  • Spit the water out and repeat this same procedure again and again for a 20-minute period, BY THE CLOCK.
  • The soaks can be up to one hour if you so choose, but not less than 20 minutes or the desired effect will be diminished.
  • This procedure is often boring, so make sure to keep yourself distracted by watching television or reading a book. Do at least 2 sessions during the first 6 hours to start. You should begin to feel results after the second session.
  • Continue sessions as needed.