When Can You Brush Teeth After Tooth Extraction?

We understand your newfound zeal for oral hygiene right after your tooth was removed; however, learning when to safely brush after tooth extraction is crucial for successful healing. Rigorous brushing at the premature clot site can do more harm than good. Avoid brushing for 24 hours after tooth extraction, then start with gentle cleaning by following your dentist’s instructions.

Why Should You Be Careful With Brushing After Tooth Extraction?

The first change that signifies healing after tooth extraction is the formation of a blood clot at the site. It is fragile and crucial for successful healing; hence, careful brushing is essential to promote healing and prevent complications. Brushing too soon can dislodge the blood clot forming in the socket, leading to a complication known as a dry socket or delayed healing.

Therefore, it is best to wait around 24 hours before starting to brush teeth after tooth extraction. However, even when the time period passes, steer clear of brushing the extraction site for the first few days and use a soft-bristled brush with gentle circular motions later.

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How To Brush Teeth After Tooth Extraction?

It is essential to be careful with the technique and timing of cleaning teeth post-tooth removal. Here’s a detailed guide that can be of help:

1.    Timing and Technique

After extraction, wait about 24 hours before putting that brush head in your mouth. This abstinence gives your body enough time to allow the blood clot formation and its stabilization. Once you wake up the next day, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently clean your teeth. Avoid vigorous brushing around the extraction site.

2.    Brushing Instructions

Brush remaining teeth at least 2 times a day, preferably in the morning and evening, using gentle circular motions. Initially, steer clear of brushing the teeth adjacent to the extraction site. Once it is day 2 post-extraction, reintroduce cleaning these areas. Make sure not to let the toothbrush bristles touch the extraction socket directly for at least 3-4 days to avoid disrupting the healing process.

3.    Rinsing Techniques

Fill your mouth with water or salt water solution after meals to keep the area clean and reduce bacteria. Gently swish and swirl the saltwater in your mouth without rinsing vigorously, especially around the extraction site.

4.    Post-Extraction Care

Recovering from a tooth extraction is quite daunting, but adhere to your dentist’s advice for aftercare. Generally, they ask to give your mouth a 24-hour break from brushing or rinsing to let the clot form. Once initial healing kicks in, you can gently start brushing again, but remember to be extra gentle around the extraction site.

Closing Note

The recovery after tooth extraction is quick if you do not deviate from aftercare instructions. Be sure to take care of the site and follow your dentist’s care instructions to make the healing process as quick as possible. If you have more questions or queries in mind, do not hesitate to take guidance from our specialists, Dr. Saam Zarrabi, D.D.S., and Dr. Yahya Mansour, D.D.S., M.S., F.A.G.D, F.I.C.O.I., along with their team at Rodeo Dental and Orthodontics. We offer our services in multiple locations, so you can schedule an appointment with us at your convenience by dialing
(888) 453-4129

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