Why Do I Have Bad Breath After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Why Do I Have Bad Breath After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
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After having your wisdom tooth removed, you may face the problem of bad breath that is very noticeable. This is a common occurrence after wisdom tooth removal; there is nothing to worry about. There are many reasons for why this happens and different things you can do to manage it. The important thing to do is to understand what is going on and take the necessary steps to handle the situation and know when to consult your dentist about it.

Reasons for bad breath after wisdom tooth removal

There are various causes for the bad breath that occurs after having your wisdom tooth removed.

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What can you do for bad breath following wisdom tooth extraction?

Bad breath following wisdom tooth extraction can be very problematic, not to mention embarrassing. Here are some things you can do to reduce your bad breath.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day: Even though it is difficult to brush your teeth properly after a wisdom tooth extraction, the swelling and pain should decrease with each passing day, making it easier to brush your teeth. Every day, while being careful to avoid the extraction site, brush your teeth carefully and thoroughly to make sure that all the food particles are removed and your mouth is clean. This will help to reduce the material present in your mouth for bacteria to act on and produce the substances that cause bad breath.
  • Using antibacterial mouthwash or salt water: It is a good idea to rinse your mouth with antibacterial mouthwash or salt dissolved in warm water in order to reduce the bacterial load in your mouth. This will reduce the number of bacteria present which will reduce the possibility of bad breath being produced. However, do not do this within the first 24 hours of the extraction, as it may cause the blood clot to be dislodged.
  • Use an oral irrigator: Once the period of time has passed in which your dentist has advised you to avoid using a toothbrush in the area of the extraction site, you may use an oral irrigator. This is a device used to clean the mouth which creates a stream of pulsating water which removes food particles from areas of the mouth that are hard to reach otherwise. This will ensure that your mouth is thoroughly clean and there are no food particles left for the bacteria to act upon which causes bad breath.
  • Avoid consuming sweet drinks: When you drink sweet drinks, they coat your teeth with sugar. This sugar acts as a material for the bacteria in your mouth to feed on, which in turn causes the production of the substances that cause bad breath. You should prevent this problem by avoiding sugary and sweet drinks for the first several days after your wisdom tooth extraction.
  • Sip water frequently throughout the day: As your mouth is dry from using painkillers to manage the pain after the extraction, it can be helpful to sip a little water at frequent intervals throughout the day in order to prevent dry mouth and keep bad breath away.
  • Make sure to keep hydrated: You don’t want to be dehydrated in such a situation, which will make the bad breath worse by causing dry mouth. Make sure to drink enough water in a day to prevent dehydration, which is usually eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water.
  • Rinse your mouth after you eat: Even if you find it difficult to brush your teeth the first few days after a tooth extraction, at least rinse out your mouth with water after meals in order to prevent food particles from being stuck in your mouth.
  • Avoid disturbing the blood clot at the extraction site: You may feel like cleaning the extraction site while you are cleaning the rest of your mouth, but it is strongly advised to avoid disturbing the healing site, especially during the first few days after the extraction. By preventing the blood clot from being disturbed, you are ensuring that the healing progresses smoothly, which helps to avoid dry socket.
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When bad breath after wisdom tooth removal becomes a cause for concern 

If the bad breath does not go away after four or five days have passed following the extraction, you should see your dentist again to get a checkup in order to ensure everything is proceeding the way it should. Ideally the bad breath should go away on its own after four or five days.


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