Can you brush your teeth after a wisdom teeth removal?

You probably have a few questions if you are about to have your wisdom teeth removed. These might include: when can I brush my teeth after a wisdom teeth removal, and can I use mouthwash?

Clinique MFML’s maxillofacial surgeons answer these questions for you.

When to brush your teeth after a wisdom teeth removal

The day of the wisdom teeth removal

Do not brush your teeth on the day of your wisdom teeth removal. The first 24 hours after extraction are very important for the healing process and it is important not to interfere with this process since it could cause an infection. In fact, infections are one of the possible wisdom teeth removal complications.

If you brush your teeth directly or shortly after the procedure, you risk displacing the stitches.

The day after the wisdom teeth removal

Unless otherwise indicated, you can start brushing your teeth again the day after the wisdom teeth removal. Keeping the area clean also helps prevent infection.

However, avoid brushing too close to the area where the teeth were removed since the healing process is still ongoing.

Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush your teeth using slow circular motions.

Most importantly, do not spit the toothpaste. This can dislodge the blood clot that has formed.

72 hours after the wisdom teeth removal

You can start brushing your teeth normally 72 hours after the wisdom teeth are removed. You should still avoid brushing too close to the removal area since it is still healing.

What to do if there is bleeding when brushing your teeth

If there is bleeding when brushing your teeth, take a 2 x 2 compress and gently bite down on it for a few minutes. Read our postoperative instructions for more information on what to do after a wisdom teeth removal.

Can you use mouthwash after a wisdom teeth removal?

The day of the wisdom teeth removal

You should not spit or gargle excessively on the day of the wisdom teeth removal since this could dislodge the blood clot. Mouthwash should not be used on the day of wisdom tooth extraction.

The day after the wisdom teeth removal

The day after the removal, you can start gently rinsing your mouth with a little warm salted water. We recommend that you mix 1/3 teaspoon of salt in 250ml of warm water, or use the mouthwash that has been prescribed to you.

Do not spit the solution. Tilt your head to one side then to the other to rinse the affected area with the solution for at least 30 seconds. Then open your mouth and let the water run off gently without spitting it out.

Rinse your mouth using this technique until completely healed or as directed by your maxillofacial surgeon.

Rinsing your mouth and brushing your teeth after a wisdom teeth removal

This concludes our overview. Now you know when to brush your teeth after a wisdom tooth removal. You also know when and how to rinse your mouth after a wisdom teeth removal.

To deepen your knowledge, we invite you to read our article What are the various surgical techniques for wisdom tooth removal? You will learn more about the wisdom teeth removal procedure.

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