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The Danger of Forgetting to Brush After Oral Surgery

Posted on 4/27/2017 by Dr. Ryan
A woman brushing her teeth after an oral surgery.
Immediately following any type of oral surgery, brushing your teeth is likely going to be the last thing on your mind. However, it shouldn't be. You need to make sure that you are going through and taking proper care of your mouth after surgery if you want the surgical site to heal properly.

You must be far gentler with the sore parts of your mouth than normal, but you still need to go through and make sure your mouth is kept clean in order for it to stay healthy.

A Dirty Mouth Will Increase Bacteria

After oral surgery, many of the tissues of your mouth are going to be sore. They were cut open, bruised, pushed around, or manipulated in a way that left those tissues with the desire to heal.

While this could translate into not brushing or flossing as a way to leave those tissues alone, that is not the right route to take. By not brushing, you are leaving acids, bacteria, and debris up against sensitive tissues that could easily become infected.

Simple brushing can help to alleviate most of what could cause damage in your mouth. You can't push down on those tender tissues, but you can brush away the debris and help decrease the chances of your mouth struggling more than it already is to heal.

A mouth that is not kept healthy is going to become a breeding ground for bacteria, which will get into the surgical areas, and potentially the blood stream. This could make you incredibly sick and halt the healing process.

For more information on how to best care for your mouth following oral surgery, contact our office before the procedure. Also, make sure you read through all of your post-op instructions on how to care for your mouth. That way, you keep your mouth healthy while it heals.


Robert Cory Ryan, DDS, MD
Mountain Oral Surgery
& Dental Implant Center

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