How Do You Brush Your Teeth After Wisdom Teeth Extraction? A Step-by-Step Guide 

how do you brush your teeth after wisdom teeth extraction

If you are currently undergoing a wisdom tooth extraction, you might be aware that the whole experience is a daunting one for sure. Having to cope with discomfort and swelling right after the surgery and adapting to your oral hygiene routine to enable proper healing are just some of the beginning steps you have to take. 

When it comes to brushing your teeth after a wisdom tooth extraction, special care is required. In this comprehensive guide, we will guide you through a step-by-step process to maintain your oral hygiene, and before you know it, you will be heading towards a swift recovery.

Understanding the Importance of Proper Oral Hygiene Post-Extraction

There are several very important reasons why you must maintain your oral health. First and foremost, it helps prevent bacteria from accumulating in the place where extraction took place; 

Secondly, if you keep your mouth clean, your healing process will speed up because the surgical area will remain free from debris and bacteria. 

Lastly, partaking in a gentle oral care routine can help with any unfortunate swelling, discomfort, and potential complications (like dry socket, a very painful situation that happens because of improper cleaning).

Step-by-Step Guide to Brushing Your Teeth After Wisdom Teeth Extraction

In this section, we will be detailing a step-by-step process of brushing your teeth after the extraction process.

Day 1: The Day of Surgery

When you step out of the office and reach home, make sure that you avoid brushing your teeth right after. A blood clot will be forming in the extraction site (which isn’t any cause for worry and actually helps you heal better), and brushing can dislodge this clot, which will increase complications and might result in a failed procedure, and you might need to visit the dentist’s office again. 

Instead of brushing right now, keep your focus fully on resting and follow the dentist’s instructions for managing any pain and reducing swelling. The general advice to help reduce swelling and numb the affected area is to apply ice packs that you can get from the market to the outside of your cheek for 15-20 minutes every hour while you are awake.

Day 2: Beginning Gentle Oral Care

After you wake up on the second day, you can begin your morning with some gentle oral care by rinsing your mouth. Don’t use too much force, and take your time with it. Gentle rinsing will keep your mouth clean and won’t disturb the blood clot. 

A saltwater mixed solution (½ teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of lukewarm water) will be quite handy in rinsing your mouth. Tilt your head a little and let the water flow slowly around the surgical area. Don’t forcefully swish it around; otherwise, it will get in the way of the clot. 

The dentist will advise you to do this after every meal and before you go to sleep.

Avoid using your toothbrush where the extraction took place during this initial period so that you can prevent dislodging the clot. Carefully and gently brush the unaffected areas of your mouth in slow movements using a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle motions.

Days 3-7: Gradual Reintroduction of Brushing

Keep doing what was mentioned above: gentle rinsing with the saltwater solution, and by the third day, you can start brushing near the extraction site. Begin by brushing adjacent teeth next to where the extraction occurred; perform circular motions and keep the brush away from the extraction site. To decrease the irritation use a soft-bristled toothbrush. 

Also, it will help tremendously to incorporate a non-alcoholic mouthwash into your routine. Finish the process by gently and slowly rinsing with a non-alcoholic, antiseptic mouthwash twice daily to help kill bacteria.

Week 2: Resuming Normal Brushing

You can start brushing normally now; you’ve given sufficient time to the wound, and it’s healing nicely and well. You can now carefully brush all of your teeth, including those near the extraction site.

 Again, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and don’t vigorously scrub the teeth. Keep your mind, especially on any remaining stitches; they might still be sensitive. By the way, don’t discontinue using saltwater rinses because your healing is going well. Keep rinse with the saltwater solution after meals and before sleeping. Continue this practice well until the extraction site is fully healed. 

You can also reintroduce flossing into your routine at this point. Take gentle care and floss around your teeth, be cautious near the extraction site, and be attentive to situations like snapping the floss into your gums, which causes much irritation.

Long-Term Care: Ensuring Complete Healing

Monitor your mouth and the area where the extraction took place every day, and keep a watchful eye on any irregularities. Look out for symptoms like a dull pain that won’t go away, too much swelling, fever, or worse, discharge from the extraction site. If any of these situations occur, contact your dentist right away. 

When in doubt, always contact your dentist immediately; they will check your mouth intensively and comprehensively. They have tools and techniques built specifically for this purpose, and if you notice anything out of the norm, schedule follow-up appointments right away. 

As with any dental implant or extraction procedure, you should keep a good oral hygiene practice consistently by following the usual routine of brushing twice daily, flossing regularly, and using an antiseptic mouthwash.

Additional Tips for a Smooth Recovery

Some factors to keep in mind that can further help you in keeping clean: Stay away from certain foods that will irritate the extraction place or disturb and dislodge the clot. Also, keep a distance from sticky, crunchy, hard, and spicy foods, and go for soft foods like yoghurt, mashed potatoes, and smoothies. 

Drink a good amount of water; you can never go wrong with a healthy amount of hydration. However, it must be mentioned that the use of a straw should be avoided as the suction from it can dislodge the clot. Finally, follow the dentist’s instructions to the dot. The personalized guidelines that they have set for you can make optimal recovery almost a certainty, so be sure that you adhere to any specific recommendations that your dentist provides you with regarding medication, oral health and activity restrictions.


In this blog, we provide a highly detailed, step-by-step guide on how to brush your teeth and maintain oral health after you have undergone a wisdom tooth extraction.

If you are seeking more information about wisdom teeth extraction or want an assessment done that is personalized to your unique needs and situation, feel free to contact us or visit the Charlotte Implant Clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina. Schedule a consultation with our esteemed staff now!

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