When a tooth is extracted, we need time to recover, and all the measures we take after the intervention can facilitate or hinder the recovery process of the area. Fortunately, the mouth is one of the fastest areas to heal, however we must be careful when brushing to avoid getting hurt in the sensitive area, unwittingly removing the clot that has formed or causing any other discomfort.
If you wonder how to brush your teeth after an extraction, we will explain that in detail in our todays articles.
- The first 24 hours after extraction
- Water rinses with salt or mouthwash
- Gauze to clean the area around the extraction
- Other recommendations to heal quickly
The first 24 hours after extraction
The first 24 hours after an extraction are very important, because during that time the body is working to the maximum to generate a clot in the area that prevents bleeding, while the healing process begins. To ensure that all this happens properly, it is very important that after the intervention and up to 3 or 4 days later, do not brush the area of the extraction, nor the areas nearby.
The brushing could start the clot that has formed or the points that are in the area, complicating much the cauterization. However, you can brush the rest of your teeth as long as you can open your mouth normally, something that is difficult to do if you have removed the four chordal, for example.
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In case you can, choose a soft bristle brush with a little toothpaste, making very smooth circular movements in the teeth that are far from the extraction area, do not forget to brush the tongue too. To remove the toothpaste is basic that do not spit or rinse with too much force or you could tear off the clot that has formed. Instead, gently move your head from side to side so the water cleans the mouth well and then tilts your head so the liquid comes out.
If you can not open your mouth and brush, read on because below we explain what to do.
Water rinses with salt or mouthwash
The day after the extraction you can begin to rinse with a mouthwash prescribed by your doctor or with warm water with salt, which is usually the liquid recommended by the specialists because in addition to favoring the cleaning helps to significantly reduce inflammation and prevent infections. You should add half a teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water, rinse your mouth gently by moving your head from side to side to ensure that you thoroughly clean the oral cavity. Do not swallow the liquid, to drop it tilts your head and let it out.
You should rinse your mouth with salt water 4 times a day for at least the first 4 days, regarding the use of the mouthwash following the doctor’s recommendations. It is important not to abruptly rinse or you can remove the clot, follow this procedure after meals to ensure a better cleaning.
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I cannot open my mouth to brush
If you have had 2 or more molars, it will probably cost you to open your mouth to clean your teeth, in that case you should:
- Wait for the first 24 hours to pass without rinsing or cleaning the mouth to avoid interfering with clotting.
- The day after the extraction you can begin to use the warm water rinses with salt and the mouthwash. Do this by following the directions above, always after meals to clean your mouth and remove dirt.
- Between 3 and 4 days after the intervention you can open your mouth slowly, at that time you can start to brush or use a damp gauze to clean the dirt of the teeth.
Gauze to clean the area around the extraction
When brushing the teeth after an extraction we must be delicate, however for the first 3 or 4 days it is not recommended to pass the brush through the surgical area, therefore the recommendation is to use a gauze soaked in water to clean the teeth close to the removal.
Cleaning should be done gently, taking care not to break the clot or cause any damage.
Other recommendations to heal quickly
A dental extraction involves a healing time that ranges from 3 days to two weeks in the case of major interventions, to improve it we recommend:
- Applying an ice pack to the extraction area for 15 minutes several times a day will help reduce inflammation.
- Sleep with the head raised to promote blood circulation and reduce discomfort during sleep.
- Drink cold drinks to reduce inflammation, do not drink anything hot.
- Carries a soft diet, avoid any hard food or seeds that may remain embedded in the area of extraction.
- Do not suck with straw or straw, this could cause the clot to break off affecting scarring.
- Rinse your mouth carefully to avoid damage.
- If you have severe pain or swelling that does not go down 3 days after the procedure, you have a fever or a major bleeding, consult your doctor as soon as possible.