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Dealing with Bad Breath after Dental Surgery

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Can’t stand your bad breath after oral surgery? As you know, mouth and dental surgery is not that often, and many dentists consider this as a last resort to remove a certain tooth, the wisdom tooth. In some cases, wisdom tooth removal procedure can’t be done manually due to several reasons, but most of them because they don’t grow in a normal angle, resulting in impacted wisdom tooth.

Impacted wisdom tooth can be non-erupted or erupted. People having non-erupted impacted wisdom tooth usually have no problem, but people having erupted impacted wisdom tooth often face tooth pain and many other problems. This mostly happens because they ignore the tooth altogether, and think that simple brushing will properly clean the wisdom tooth.

The problem is that over the years there are many food debris stuck in between the erupted wisdom tooth and the second molar, which often leads to tooth decay or even infection. Once the tooth is infected, there will be unbearable pain.

When seeing this kind of problems, dentist will likely to refer you to oral surgeon. The dental surgery will surgically remove the problematic wisdom tooth in no time, but the recovery after wisdom tooth extraction takes some time (about a week or two, depending on the aftercare).

What Cause Bad Breath After Dental Surgery?

Below are some possible bad breath following oral surgery causes:

  1. Bleeding

Bleeding after surgery is perfectly normal, and after the surgery is done you may feel some bad odor and taste in your mouth. To reduce the problems you should sip some water a few hours after the surgery (don’t use straw, it can remove the blood clot needed for the recovery). After a day, you can start use mouthwash or warm salt water to rinse. This should remove the problem.

  1. Dry Socket

If the bad breath is still there three days after removal, you may have the blood clot comes out the empty socket, hence exposing the bone and nerves in that area, allowing bacteria to enter the socket and cause infection that can cause bad breath.

  1. Hygiene

Another common reason for bad breath after oral surgery of wisdom teeth would be the inability to brush and floss your teeth properly. As you know, surgery may cause some swelling that last for about three-four days, meaning that the pain may make it uncomfortable to brush. In fact, your dentist may forbid you to brush for a one to three days.

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Typically the bad breath will be gone after a few days. You can hasten the process by using water pick after you eat to clean the wisdom tooth’s empty socket, rinsing with antiseptic mouthwash or warm salt water after 24 hours of the surgery, avoiding sweet food and beverages that attracts bacteria, stop smoking, etc. We have a comprehensive wisdom tooth extraction aftercare tips, be sure to read it! The tips will help you hasten your healing time and deal with a number of various possible problems occurring after the dental surgery, including bad breath.

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