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Can I Brush My Teeth After Oral Surgery?

Posted on 6/3/2024 by Dallas Oral Surgery Associates - Dallas
An electric toothbrushOral surgery is a crucial part of your oral health journey. Typically, you will diligently clean all areas of your mouth when brushing your teeth. After any oral surgery, it is vital to make slight modifications to your toothbrushing routine to ensure a smooth recovery.

Tooth Extraction

You can brush your teeth after tooth extraction. The only thing that changes is that you must brush gently and exercise extra caution around the area of extraction, completely avoiding the socket for the first day or so.

There are potential risks associated with brushing or rinsing your teeth within the first 24 hours after a tooth extraction. Vigorous rinsing can dislodge the blood clot that forms over the extraction site, leading to a dry socket. To prevent this, it is best to refrain from brushing and flossing for the initial 24 hours. After that, you can resume brushing with care.

Jaw Surgery

A surgery performed to fix your jaw will require the same care as any other surgical wound. It will be critical that you keep the insides of your mouth clean after the surgery, so you should brush your teeth and rinse well after every meal. Normally, your meals after a jaw surgery will comprise several small meals spread throughout the day. Clean your teeth after every one of these meals.

It is also advised to rinse your mouth with warm salt water containing an appropriate amount of hydrogen peroxide once a day to keep the wounds clean. Remember to brush your teeth normally, but ensure that the bristles stay on or very near the teeth to avoid any injuries to the surgical site.

Gum Surgery

A day after periodontal surgery, you should brush using an extra-soft toothbrush and start flossing at least once a day. For gingival grafting, it is recommended that the graft is not disturbed during healing. You should not let your toothbrush touch the site for at least five days.

Brushing your teeth after oral surgery remains a very important undertaking. It is reassuring to know that this routine, although requiring minor adjustments such as using an extra soft toothbrush and avoiding the surgical site, is a normal part of your post-surgery care.

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