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i got my molar extracted 4 days ago, when can i brush my teeth with toothpaste?

6 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 46 years experience
Now: If there is not bleeding then it should be fine to resume brushing with toothpaste. Be gentle.
Dr. Jeffrey Cooper
Dentistry 49 years experience
Yes: unless the tooth was surgically removed tooth-brushing can begin once a clot is organized, but should be done with a soft nylon brush and gentl pressure.
Dr. Joel Doyon
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
Yes: You should have already been brushing with toothpaste. I recommend brushing with toothpaste the next day, but just be careful around the extraction site with the toothbrush itself.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
Yes, you can: brush your teeth gently after each meal. Avoid brushing around the extraction to prevent dry socket. Take care.
Dr. Patricia Mcgarry
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
Extractioni: If you are not bleeding then it is ok to gently start brushing and flossing!
Dr. David Nutter
Cosmetic Dentistry 45 years experience
Toothpaste ok: You can use toothpaste to brush your teeth. You didn't mention if you had stitches where the tooth was removed. If you have stitches that need to be removed, you just need to use care with the brush around that area.

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