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How do I brush my teeth after a wisdom tooth extraction?

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Posted by: rockwill  (8 years ago)
Hi all,
I had my top right wisdom tooth removed yesterday from miami wisdom tooth extraction. It is really good So far, I've avoided brushing the teeth adjacent to the extraction site. But I have a few quick questions: When can I resume brushing the teeth near the extraction site? Is it okay to rinse & spit now that 24 hours has elapsed? Thanks in advance.
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Posted by: Hollis  (8 years ago)
Very carefully. Just kidding :) Did your dentist/oral surgeon send home with you a post op procedure guide outlining these issues? If not, I would call the office where the procedure was performed and ask. Different people have different situations, obviously, but I do know that you do NOT want to accidentally pull out that blood clot! No drinking from straws, smoking, etc. To be safe, unless otherwise stated by your dental professional, I'd wait 3-5 days before brushing the site or any vigorous swishing. I'm erring on the side of caution here because I have had the infamous "dry socket" on a wisdom tooth extraction as a teenager. Believe me, it's something you do NOT want.