After a Tooth Extraction When Can I Brush My Teeth?
The purpose of a tooth extraction is to remove a tooth. A tooth extraction is a minor oral surgery that is often performed for a variety of reasons. One of our dentists may recommend a tooth extraction if you have a tooth that’s severely damaged, need your wisdom teeth removed, have an infection in your mouth, are living with severe gum problems, or are at a risk of infection.
Regardless of the reason your tooth extraction is performed, you should know that there are post-operative instructions you will need to follow. One instruction you may hear is related to when and how you can brush your teeth.
Since proper oral hygiene can help you feel better while preventing infection and promoting a faster recovery, you can start brushing your teeth a day after your tooth extraction. However, be extra careful around the treated area and try to only keep the toothbrush on the teeth and avoid the gum tissue.
When you’re brushing your teeth, be sure to use a soft bristled toothbrush. Also, rinse your mouth very gently for at least one minute. If possible, use a 0.12% chlorhexidine solution until your stitches dissolve.
If you notice any signs of infection such as pain, persistent bleeding, or swelling, be sure to call our office immediately. Additionally, maintain a soft diet and avoid drinking from a straw for the initial 24 hours and chew on the opposite side of the treated area.
Contact Wells Family Dental Group Today
If you think you are in need of a tooth extraction and have further questions about how to brush your teeth following one, it is in your best interest to call us today at 919-266-5332.