One of the questions that worry most people after the tooth extraction is – is it normal to have bad breath after tooth extraction?
The answer is yes. It is perfectly common to get a bad breath after wisdom teeth removal. While bad breath is normal after surgery, there are a lot of things you can do to prevent the odor or reduce the occurrence of bad breath. Here is a note on how to take care after wisdom tooth extraction.
(1) After the tooth extraction, the main reason for bad breath is improper oral hygiene. As such, one should brush regularly without affecting the tooth extracted area in order to prevent increasing the existing pain.
Gargling using over the counter mouthwashes must be avoided since the chemicals present in the mouthwash can be too powerful and hurt the tooth extracted area. As an alternative, gargle with the warm water and salt mixture. The salt content helps to fight the bacteria and prevent the bad breath.
(2) The dry socket can happen after the tooth extraction. As long as the blood clot remains intact in the area of tooth extraction, there are no possibilities of the dry socket occurring. So ensure you don’t displace the blood clot by sipping from straws.
(3) If you are a regular smoker, then you should prevent smoking for at least 3 days after the surgery. The reason is smoking can also dislocate the blood clot. Furthermore, cigarettes contain nicotine content that might get trapped in the tooth abscess and cause an infection. This tooth infection can give rise to bad breath.
(4) If you drink alcohol, then you must avoid your booze till the wound heals. Otherwise, you must bear the stink for more than the normal 3 to 4 days.
(5) After the tooth extraction, make sure your diet includes only liquid and soft foods for the next few days. Hard or solid foods make it hard to chew and might increase the pain. As such any food particles which get attached in between the teeth will accumulate and breed anaerobic bacteria. Bacterial infections will always emit out a bad smell.
(6) Despite maintaining proper oral hygiene practices, bad breath can be present due to the formation of blood clots. And everyone knows blood clots don’t smell nice. Therefore the smell will persist for the next 3 to 4 days after the tooth surgery; however, it must finally go away on its own. If the foul odor doesn’t fade away, then you should think about visiting a dentist.
(7) Another reason for bad breath can also be the constant bleeding soon after the surgery.
(8) When you are caring to clean and rinse your mouth regularly, don’t overdo it since excessive cleaning and spitting can dislocate the blood clot and can cause dry sockets. And bad breath is a first sign of the dry socket.
In the case of the dry socket after wisdom tooth extraction, your dentist might have to clean up the socket and hurry the healing process by using medicated antibiotics, topical creams or gels.