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Brushing Your Teeth After Wisdom Teeth Removal


Posted on 3/1/2024 by Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS
3D rendered xray of an impacted wisdom tooth butting against the tooth next to itFollowing the post-operative instructions of your oral surgeon or a dentist after extraction is essential, as they may include additional instructions on proper oral hygiene. Below are some general guidelines for caring for your teeth after wisdom teeth removal.

Waiting Is Better


An oral surgeon provides the guidelines on when to resume brushing teeth. They are likely to recommend that you hold off on touching your surgery sites for the initial 48 to 72 hours after the procedure.

Lightly Cleaning


When you are finally allowed to move on to brushing the surgical locations, it is essential to be careful while doing so. To prevent irritative effects or healing deterioration, use a toothbrush with soft bristles and try not to disturb the area.

Avoid Surgical Sites


Avoiding direct contact with the extraction areas is advised, mainly if stitches are present. While keeping the recuperating regions in mind, concentrate on the remaining parts of your mouth.

Use Warm Salt Water to Rinse


Our dentist recommends washing your mouth with warm salt water after surgery rather than brushing directly over the surgical sites. This can support healing while keeping the space clean.

Observe Post-Operative Care Instructions


Your oral surgeon or dentist always provides post-operative treatment recommendations. Certain foods or drinks may be off-limits for the first few days. Dental hygiene and activity limitations during the early stages of recovery may also be included in these instructions. Make sure you follow these recommendations closely.

Apply the Recommended Mouthwash


Apply any antibacterial and medicinal mouthwash per the instructions of your dentist. The mouthwash should be used following the instructions on the bottle to ensure and maintain a bacteria-free, hygienic mouth as well as prevent infection.

Remember that each case is different, and the kind of advice you are likely to receive from your dentist will depend on your unique issues. Approach our dental practitioner with any questions or concerns related to your post-operative care.


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