How Should You Brush After Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
Most people will have their wisdom teeth extracted at some point in their lives. It is important to know how to properly care for your teeth immediately after wisdom teeth extraction.
Brushing is a difficult post-operative step that is a cause for concern for many patients. Fear of brushing your teeth after surgery or extraction is a fairly common problem.
In this article, we present you how to brush your teeth after wisdom teeth extraction and the best tips and tricks for an optimal recovery.
Don’t Brush Your Teeth for 24 Hours!
While it may seem counterintuitive, don’t brush your teeth the first day after your wisdom tooth extraction. The first 24 hours are vital for the healing process.
It is also not recommended to use mouthwash during this period. It can cause your wound to bleed and potentially lead to a dry socket.
If you are wondering when you should brush your teeth after wisdom teeth extraction, the answer is; next day! So be patient and wait for the 24 hours to expire.
Brush Your Teeth Carefully The Day After Surgery!
Unless your dental surgeon tells you otherwise, you can continue brushing your teeth the day after the extraction. But the question remains: How will you brush your teeth safely after your wisdom tooth has been extracted?
You should definitely avoid brushing around the removal site because the wound will still be in the process of closing. We recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently massaging your teeth in circular motions.
Don’t Spit Your Toothpaste!
If you do, you can expel the blood clot that has formed at the extraction site. Instead, fill your mouth with warm salt water (or your dentist’s recommended antiseptic solution) and tilt your head from left to right.
Then tilt your head forward and let the liquid flow from your mouth.
Continue Your Normal Oral Hygiene Routine 3 Days After Surgery!
Three days after you have your wisdom teeth extracted, you can continue to brush your teeth normally. Keep avoiding the removal area and brush gently. The healing process is not yet complete.
Continue rinsing your mouth with warm salt water or antiseptic solution until fully healed or as directed by your maxillofacial surgeon.
You can also use dental floss to gently clean your teeth.