When Can I Use a Straw Again?

imagesOne thing we’ve noticed at our office is that some individuals love their straws. One of the most frequent questions we hear is “So when can I use a straw again?”. The funniest part about this question is that is seems to be a myth, and no one really knows how it got started! Now, obviously it can depend on the type of surgery you are having, but in most cases, you should be fine to use a straw as soon as the next day!

Using a straw to drink soda, milk, juice or just about anything else will hardly create any negative pressure in your mouth. I would just wait 1 day after surgery and then feel free to use a straw lightly. The one thing you will want to avoid drinking through a straw are milkshakes! I know we’ve all been there when we try to drink a cold, thick milkshake through a straw and come up unsuccessful. Post-op if you are putting forth the extra effort to try to suck a milkshake through a straw, this is when you might have an issue with swallowing blood. This can lead to nausea and a gross tasting milkshake. If you’re craving a milkshake, use a spoon. If you’re craving a straw, use a liquid that doesn’t take much effort to pull through the straw. You shouldn’t run into any trouble.

However, it never hurts to ask your doctors questions, and at Belmont Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we are always happy to field any questions to might have pre or post surgery. Enjoy those milkshakes!

 

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