A 19-year-old female asked:
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i got my lower molar extracted 4 days ago, can i brush my teeth with toothpaste? or when can i brush it with toothpaste?

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Dr. Stephen Pyle
38 years experience Dentistry
Today: You may begin using toothpaste immediately,
Answered on Aug 7, 2018
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
The cleaner your mouth, the faster you will heal. Use a pea-sized portion of toothpaste on a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Jun 13, 2014
Dr. Jeffrey Cooper
48 years experience Dentistry
Possibly: generally it is wise to wait until a clot has organized prior to brushing. surgical extractions require more time to heal. At the four day mark i think gentle brushing would tolerated with a soft nylon bristle brush and tooth paste is fine to use.
Answered on Aug 7, 2018
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Dr. Neal Tamura
35 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Brush: Usually it is ok to brush 24 hours after surgery. Of course if you notice bleeding, sweeping, or pus you should go back to your dentist. Toothpaste is ok. Do not directly brush surgical site
Answered on Aug 7, 2018
Dr. Joel Doyon
35 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Yes, please do: You can brush your teeth with toothpaste and you can brush the teeth adjacent to the extraction site as well. Just be aware that the gums might still be sore and tender around the extraction site.
Answered on Aug 7, 2018
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Dr. Stephen Rothstein
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You want to give your surgeon a call as well
Sep 14, 2014
Dr. Mark Birnbach
47 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Post op extraction: You can brush your teeth with toothpaste , just be cautious to be gentle as you brush around that area.
Answered on Aug 7, 2018
Dr. Patricia Mcgarry
35 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Extraction: You should be able to very gently brush your teeth- The concern is spitting the toothpaste out afterward as it can cause the clot to be removed. A dry brush will clean your teeth well -try to give that clot a good week
Answered on Aug 7, 2018
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
24 hours after: the extraction you can rinse with salt water after meals and resume brushing with toothpaste. Try to keep the toothbrush on the teeth only and avoid the gums in the area of the extraction protecting the blood clot.
Answered on Aug 7, 2018

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