When can you brush your teeth after an extraction?
My doctor's directions were to wait 24 hours before brushing my
teeth. I bought a baby toothbrush for the teeth directly next to
the extraction site; this give better control so that the
extraction site is not hit during the brushing process. Also, they
say to "drool" out and NOT spit for 1 week following the
extraction, as this may rupture the blood clot. The same is true
for ALL mouthwashes - do NOT use. The 1 tsp salt in 1cup of luke
warm water mixture is to be gently moved around the extraction
site, by the tilting of the head - do NOT swish, as this may
rupture the blood clot.
It's best to wait about a week after the extraction to brush
your teeth. 24 hours after the extraction you can rinse with warm
water and salt. Do not swish but very gently move your head to move
the water in your mouth. Its best to "drool" it out. Do not spit or
swish as this can remove the blood clots and cause dry socket which
is very very painful.