Brushing Teeth after Wisdom Teeth Removal – The Dos and Don’ts

Wisdom teeth are the last to pop in your mouth, and they do not have a set purpose like others; however, their presence does more bad than good. That is why dental care providers often opt for wisdom teeth removal. The procedure is easy, but aftercare is crucial for your future oral well-being. That is why we are here with an answer to the most frequently asked question post-op, “When can I brush my teeth after wisdom teeth removal?”

When Can You Actually Start Brushing Your Teeth?

Now, let’s address the burning question:

The First 24 Hours Post-Op

The first few hours or an entire day is the time to give your mouth rest and care. Do not start thinking about brushing your teeth right after – this abstinence is crucial for the healing process.

The Next Day

According to the experts from ADA – American Dental Association, you can resume normal brushing the next day after your wisdom tooth extraction. However, you must always be careful with your technique and go for a gentler approach.

Brushing After Wisdom Teeth Extraction – Guidelines

So, now that you have crossed the first 24-hour mark, here’s what you should do next.

  1. Skip The Site Of Extraction: Yes, you read it right. Hold off on brushing that area during this time. The first day can make and break your entire healing game, and brushing can disrupt that process.
  2. Do not Use Mouthwash: Skip mouthwash for some time. It might only trigger bleeding and may serve as a stimulus to dry socket formation – a condition you definitely want to avoid.
  3. Use a soft-bristled Toothbrush: The wait is over! But you must be very careful while brushing; first, steer clear of the extraction site. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and treat your teeth to gentle circular motions.
  4. Tilt and Rinse Mouth – Do Not Spit: Repeat after me, do not spit out your toothpaste! Instead of this, fill your mouth with a warm, salt water solution. No swishing; just let it sit for some time and gently tilt your head from side to side to let the liquid drain out. This is necessary to not disturb the blood clot forming at the extraction site.
  5. 3 Days Later: On to day 3 post-surgery. It is time to get back to your regular oral hygiene regime with a soft touch. It is best to continue avoiding the extraction site while brushing.

Closing Note

Spring Branch Dental Group offers the best solutions for all your dental issues. So, do not waste time and get started on the journey to better oral health by scheduling an appointment with us at (832) 548-1533 or giving us a visit at 9738 Katy Fwy #400, Houston, TX 77055



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