We all know that you will have a little tough time once your wisdom teeth are removed, and that is because the extraction site is going to be empty and painful during the beginning times and very much prone to bacteria, germs, and infection. Hence, oral hygiene is going to be your number one priority. You may ask your dentist if you should be brushing your teeth after wisdom teeth removal, and here is your answer in this article.
What Is The First Step After The Teeth Removal?
Once the surgery is complete, your dentist will place cotton gauze over the space, which you can keep in for an hour or two. This is to make sure the gauze sucks the blood, and you don’t have any blood in the mouth.
Slowly and gradually, the effect of anesthesia will wear off, and you will start feeling some pain and discomfort. First, take a pain killer and the medication prescribed by your dentist. Do not eat anything solid or participate in any energy-consuming activities for the first couple of hours, as your body will need some energy to heal the wound. Use ice cubes and packs if there is swelling on the face and the gums.
So When Can You Brush Your Teeth?
This will come from your dentist as they will be the best to guide you on how to keep your mouth clean and how your wound will heal. But generally speaking, you should not be brushing your teeth for the first twenty-four hours after tooth extraction. This can lead to the clotting of blood and delay the healing process. You may feel a little weird by not brushing, but this is necessary to speed up the healing process.
Once you have passed the twenty-four-hour timeline, you can start brushing your teeth normally. It would help if you were more regular and careful when brushing because you do not want to let any bacteria and germs survive in your mouth; which can lead to infection in the wound of the extraction site.
Can You Rinse Your Mouth Right After The Removal?
After brushing your teeth, give your mouth a gentle rinse. This will remove any leftover toothpaste from the mouth and off the teeth. You can also rinse the mouth after meals to remove any food particles left in the mouth. But do not rinse the mouth too vigorously as this can lead to bleeding from the wound and clotting of blood and delay the healing process.
What To Eat After Wisdom Tooth Removal?
It’s best to avoid eating anything for the first twenty-four hours and, after that, eat soft foods. Avoid smoking and alcohol for some time as it can interfere with the healing process. Once a couple of days have passed, start chewing a little harder foods; and you can gradually come back to your routine after some time.
What Should You Do Next?
This article has covered why you should avoid brushing your teeth after wisdom teeth removal and when is the best time to brush your teeth. But if you are looking to learn more about this topic, speak to our specialists at Waller Dental & General and Cosmetic Dentistry. Call us at 936-372-2673 to book your appointment.