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Can I Brush My Teeth After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Person smiling after wisdom teeth removal

Are you or your loved one about to have wisdom teeth extracted?

You’ve come to the right place!

You likely have questions about the procedure and post-op care, such as:

“Can I brush my teeth after wisdom teeth removal?”

In this blog, you’ll find the answer to that and more.

Can you brush your teeth after wisdom teeth removal?

The short answer:

The American Dental Association… This text opens a new tab to the ADA website… recommends only brushing and flossing the other teeth that aren’t near the teeth sockets 24 hours after your procedure.

But:

During this time, you shouldn’t brush the teeth surrounding the healing teeth sockets.

Brushing the surrounding teeth can aggravate the extraction sites and cause the stitches to break.

This can cause discomfort and ultimately prolong your healing time because it can prevent blood clots from forming or cause dry sockets.

What’s a dry socket?

A dry socket is a painful condition when the blood clots dissolve or dislodge from the extraction site before your mouth heals, exposing your gums and nerve tissues.

It’s vital that clots form, as they serve as a protective layer over the teeth sockets.

They essentially shield the underlying bones, gums, and nerve tissue from any harmful bacteria or plaque.

Note: If you believe you may be suffering from a dry socket or have concerns, contact your dentist immediately. They’ll provide you with treatment to alleviate your pain and encourage proper healing.

How do you brush your teeth after wisdom teeth removal?

On the first post-operative day, begin brushing your teeth and the healing sockets. You should also brush your tongue to eliminate any bad bacteria.

It’s normal to have an unpleasant taste in your mouth for a few days after the surgery.

But remember to be very gentle while cleaning your mouth.

Don’t use an electric toothbrush for at least two weeks after the procedure because the speed and strength of the brush are more difficult to control.

Your dentist may recommend that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste.

You should brush your teeth using slow circular motions.

Keep in mind:

You shouldn’t spit the toothpaste out for the first five days following your wisdom teeth removal because this could cause the blood clots to loosen.

Instead, you should allow the toothpaste to drool out of your mouth.

And don’t rinse your mouth vigorously after you brush. Just let that drool out of your mouth as well.

Have any more questions about wisdom teeth removal?

Our periodontal specialists at Implant & Periodontic Specialists would be happy to help you.

Dr. Neal Raval, Dr. Stephan Kohnen, and Dr. Eddie Lee are highly skilled periodontists who have had advanced training to give you the best results.

Using a combination of compassion and the latest techniques, they’ll provide you with a positive, comfortable experience.

Schedule a consultation for wisdom teeth removal today.

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Implant and Periodontic Specialists offers wisdom teeth removal in our Bellevue… This text opens a new tab to our Bellevue Google listing…and Issaquah… This text opens a new tab to our Issaquah Google listing… offices and is currently welcoming patients in the Greater Seattle Area.

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