Instructions for Brushing and Flossing After Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most commonly performed dental treatments performed at River Run Dental. By getting your wisdom teeth removed, you may be able to prevent a variety of oral health problems including pain in the jaw, swelling in the jaw, bleeding gums, irritated and inflamed gums, bad breath, and even loss of bone or gums.

After you get your wisdom teeth removed, there are specific aftercare instructions you’ll need to follow. Since you should not perform any kind of rinsing the day after the procedure, you may wonder how you can brush and floss your teeth.

We encourage patients to brush their teeth as they normally the first day after their surgery.
Do not brush your teeth, spit, or rinse with a mouthwash for the first day after surgery. Doing so may disrupt the healing process and cause serious conditions like infection or dry socket.

You can begin brushing and flossing 24 hours after your surgery as long as you avoid the surgical site for at least three days. When you are brushing and flossing your other teeth, do so very slowly and carefully. Instead of spitting toothpaste out the first few days following the wisdom teeth removal, use a saltwater rinse or a mouthwash to rinse your mouth gently.

In addition to following these brushing and flossing guidelines, we’ll ask you to avoid using straws as the sucking motion may dislodge the blood clot and cause more bleeding. We’ll also suggest a soft food diet and chewing away from the sites where the procedure was conducted.

Schedule an Appointment at River Run Dental

If you would like more information on brushing and flossing after wisdom teeth removal, call us at 804-886-3157 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!