How To Brush Your Teeth After Wisdom Teeth Removal
Getting your wisdom teeth removed is on every teenagers blacklist. The idea of getting teeth removed from your mouth is not exactly a walk in the park. Unfortunately, for many young adults, it’s part of the process of becoming an adult and going through some of those hardships. Everyone prepares themselves for wisdom teeth removal. We read articles, watch YouTube videos, and ask their local friends how their experience was. But what many people don’t ask is what happens after the teeth are removed? How do I care for the areas as my mouth is healing itself? A commonly asked question is how do you brush your teeth after your wisdom teeth have been removed? In this article, we will go over five basic steps you should take so that you brush your teeth properly after your wisdom teeth have been removed.
- Use a soft bristled toothbrush: This is probably the most important step in the process of brushing your teeth after wisdom teeth removal. You really want to use a soft bristled toothbrush to avoid damaging your gum tissue near the sites of the wisdom teeth as they are healing themselves. Your doctor or oral surgeon more than likely explained that it takes around 6-8 weeks for your wisdom teeth sites to completely heal. During this time, it’s very important to use a soft toothbrush to avoid any trauma to those area. Medium and hard-bristled tooth brushes can not only damage the gum tissue, but studies have shown that they can cause adjacent teeth damage as well. A lot of patients end up having tooth sensitivity on adjacent sites with the use of harder bristled tooth brushes, so do try to avoid them at all costs.
- Brush very gently with minimal forces: You want to gently brush on the adjacent teeth while your wisdom teeth sites are healing. Brushing too aggressively can damage adjacent tissues and cause the healing process to take a lot longer. Softer strokes are necessary for rapid healing, and wound closure. You want to use a minimal amount of force for at least 6 weeks until your gum tissue has completely healed up.
- Do not use Regular Listerine after you brush your teeth: Normal Listerine does contain a small amount of alcohol elements inside, so make sure that you use an alcohol-free mouth rinse. Alcohol can impede tissue healing, and may cause damage to the wisdom teeth extraction sites causing pain and discomfort as the healing process is taking place. Try using the alcohol free version of Listerine, or any other mouthwash that does not contain trace elements of alcohol.
- Use small circular movements of your toothbrush: Small circular movements to clean the teeth adjacent to the extraction sites is recommended. This prevents a range of motion that can cause damage to your adjacent teeth and the gum tissue that still needs time to properly heal.
- Rinse your mouth completely without using a spitting motion: We also tell our patients to let the water ooze out of your mouth slowly when your rinsing your mouse after you’ve brushed your teeth. A spitting action may cause a dry socket, which can lead to severe pain after the procedure.
Brushing properly after your wisdom teeth are removed can lead to a faster healing time, and prevent any damage in the extracted areas. Remember to always ask your dentist if he has any further recommendations, or if you’re in the Houston, TX area, contact our office today.