Dealing with an open bite for several years can play on your teen's self-esteem and confidence. If braces and other dental appliances are unable to correct the problem, then your teen may have to undergo corrective jaw surgery. The surgery only takes a few hours to complete and involves a high success rate. The important part of the procedure is the recovery process. As a teenager, it can be difficult finding ways to smooth the recovery process. Fortunately, as a parent, there are a few tips that you can use to help ease this road.
Serve Your Teen Analgesic Teas
The biggest issue during the recovery process will be the pain. Since corrective jaw surgery is an invasive procedure, so your child will experience an increased level of pain. Their doctor will prescribe pain medications but there are additional ways you can help your teen curb the pain. Analgesic teas are a great remedy for treating oral pain. Chamomile and allspice are common analgesic herbs. The analgesic properties in these herbs give them the characteristics of a natural pain reliever. You can create an analgesic tea for your teen but soaking both of the herbs in hot water for a few hours. Once the time has elapsed, warm up the tea and add honey for taste.
Remove Food Debris as Quickly as Possible
Immediately after a dental procedure, it can be difficult to remove all food debris from your mouth after each meal. However, if your teen wants to keep their mouth bacteria and infection free, then they need to improve their oral care during this time. In order to do this, they will need to use oral rinses after each meal along with a water flosser. An oral rinse like a salt water rinse will get rid of bacteria while a water flosser will remove food that is in between your teeth and gum line. You can make a salt water rinse from home for your teen. All you need is sea salt or normal table salt. Dissolve the salt in boiling hot water and wait for it to dissolve. Once there are no remaining salt particles, instruct your teen to work the rinse along their surgical site and gum line before spitting.
It can take a few months to recover from corrective jaw surgery for an open bite. Therefore, use these tips to make your teens recover as easy as possible. For more tips, speak with a cosmetic dentist.