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A 47-year-old member asked:

Should i be using a strong electric toothbrush after wisdom tooth removal?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
Not right away: Avoid disturbing the area of the extraction for 24 hours then clean it very gently for the first couple of days. After that, your electric toothbrush should be ok if used carefully. The reasoning is to try to avoid the discomfort of a dry socket which can result of the blood clot in the extraction socket is disturbed.
Dr. Neil McLeod
Prosthodontics 50 years experience
No not right away!: The area where the tooth has been removed must be cared for with special techniques. Do not rinse for 24 hours, and do not brush or floss in that immediate area. Use a soft brush with out paste the first day. After 24 hours use a salt water mouth rinse 3 x daily do not use an electric brush in the area of surgery for a day, and then only lightly. Dr neil mcleod dds dentistry that lasts - quality that counts.
Dr. Neil McLeod
Prosthodontics 50 years experience
No not right away: Do not rinse your mouth for 24 hours. We do not want you to disturb the new blood clot, which is healing the site of surgery. • do not drink any alcohol for a few days. Alcohol dilates the blood vessels and may cause bleeding and infection. This is a nuisance for you, especially if we are not there to be of some assistance to you. • please avoid smoking. Dr neil mcleod dds dentistry that lasts - quality that counts.
Last updated Apr 20, 2018

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