Most people have their wisdom teeth removed at some point in their lives. If you’re joining the ranks of those without wisdom teeth, it’s important to know how to take care of yourself properly after the procedure.
Brushing is a tricky post-operative step that is a source of concern for many patients. It’s quite common to be afraid of brushing your teeth after surgery.
In this article, the dental surgeons at Clinique Evoro explain how to brush your teeth after wisdom teeth removal and provide their best tips and tricks for an optimal recovery.
Avoid brushing your teeth for 24 hours after your wisdom teeth removal
Although it may seem counterintuitive, don’t brush your teeth on the first day after your wisdom teeth extraction. The first 24 hours are vital to the healing process.
It’s also inadvisable to use mouthwash during this time. It could cause your wound to bleed and potentially lead to dry socket.
If you’re wondering when to brush your teeth after wisdom teeth removal, the answer is the next day! So be patient and wait 24 hours before going for your toothbrush.
The day after the operation, brush your teeth carefully
Unless your dental surgeon says otherwise, you can resume brushing your teeth the day after the extraction. But the question remains, how do you brush your teeth safely after wisdom teeth removal?
You should definitely avoid brushing around the extraction site, because the wound will still be in the process of closing. We recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush and slowly massaging your teeth with circular motions.
Don’t spit out your toothpaste! If you do, you might expel the blood clot that has formed at the extraction site. Instead, fill your mouth with warm salt water (or the antiseptic solution prescribed by your dentist) and tilt your head from left to right. Then, tilt your head forward and let the liquid drain out of your mouth.
Did you know?: In addition to brushing, there are also strict guidelines on what to eat after having your wisdom teeth removed! If your surgeon hasn’t briefed you on what foods to avoid after your operation, take some time to find out.
Three days after the operation, resume your normal oral hygiene routine, but gently
Three days after having your wisdom teeth removed, you can resume brushing your teeth normally. Continue to avoid the extraction site and brush gently. The healing process is not yet complete.
Continue to rinse your mouth with warm salt water or antiseptic solution until you are completely healed or as directed by your maxillofacial surgeon.
You can also use floss to gently clean your teeth.
Have questions or concerns? Contact the maxillofacial surgeons at Clinique Evoro
Now you know how and when to brush your teeth after wisdom teeth removal! It’s important to brush your teeth gently in the days following your surgery. This will help keep your mouth healthy and infection-free.
If, despite your best efforts, you experience complications following your wisdom teeth removal (infected wound, abnormal bleeding, etc.), don’t hesitate to contact Clinique Evoro. Our team will be able to diagnose the problem and determine the best treatment for you. If your condition requires immediate attention, contact our dental emergency service without delay.