While surgery to have the wisdom teeth removed is generally uneventful, there are a few aspects to consider once it has taken place. In particular, brushing teeth after wisdom tooth extraction can be tricky and requires caution in order not to create a dry socket by dislodging blood clots. Most people will not experience any problems whatsoever, particularly if they follow a few important guidelines. However, anyone who fails to follow a few cautionary procedures might find themselves with a dry socket and the accompanying pain and discomfort that come with it. Here is a ?look at what patients undergoing wisdom tooth extraction need to know about brushing their teeth after having their third molars (wisdom teeth) removed.
Brushing Teeth after Wisdom Tooth Extraction: Waiting Until the Bleeding Stops
It’s always important to wait until the bleeding stops before brushing teeth after wisdom tooth extraction since this indicates that a blood clot has formed in the extraction site. If you have had all four teeth removed, then you should wait until all bleeding has stopped in each area.
Brushing Teeth after Wisdom Tooth Extraction: Using a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush
Since the area is going to be swollen, sensitive, and susceptible to clot dis-lodgement, you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush when you begin brushing teeth after a wisdom tooth extraction. The softness of the bristles makes it less likely that you will dislodge the clot.
Brushing Teeth after Wisdom Tooth Extraction: Using Slow, Gentle Strokes
During the first few weeks after you have your third molars removed, you should use slow, gentle strokes when brushing teeth after a wisdom tooth extraction. If you brush too vigorously, then you are more likely to dislodge the blood clots.
Brushing Teeth after Wisdom Tooth Extraction: Rinsing Gently without Swishing
It is extremely important not to swish your water when rinsing your mouth after brushing teeth after a wisdom tooth extraction. Just allow the water to roll over the extraction site and your remaining teeth, and then you can allow the water to exit your mouth slowly as you lean over the sink with your mouth open.
Bryan Gully DDS
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