My breath smells bad after wisdom tooth removal – Is it normal?
Yes, it is quite common to have bad breath after wisdom teeth extraction surgery. The reason is that after a wisdom tooth extraction, you may not be able to touch or brush that particular area. Since your tooth extraction area is now exposed and dry, you are more susceptible to easily have an infection, which results in bad breath.
Why it smells when I get a tooth pulled?
Possibilities are, it is because of not cleaning up the food particles stuck in your mouth. The truth is, food remains doesn’t really cause the rotten smell, and instead, it is a bacteria that cause smelly bad breath. The longer the food substances stay in your mouth, the more bacteria would be formed, which causes your breath to stink.
Do you have to remove impacted wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth coming through normally happen in the final set of molars (impacted third molars) between 17 and 25 years of age. They often crowd other teeth and cause alignment problems. Sometimes they even affect the surfaces of other teeth around them because of the manner the wisdom teeth are positioned. Due to these issues, a lot of people end up to be required to get them removed someday.
What causes bad breath after wisdom teeth extraction?
The surgical extraction of wisdom tooth can usually cause you to feel the bad breath, and it can annoy you. Here are the reasons why most people experience bad mouth smell after the removal of wisdom teeth.
(1) Blood flow in the extraction area.
For the first few days, the tooth extraction area can have occasional bleeding, which can lead to both an unpleasant taste and smell in your mouth. The blood clot and not having refreshment is the main reason to get a bad breath after wisdom teeth are removed.
(2) Not being able to thoroughly brush your teeth.
For the first few days after tooth removal, you must maintain oral hygiene and avoid brushing and flossing. This can lead to bad breath, but it is important to allow the extraction area stay undisturbed for healing.
(3) Taking pain medications can cause dry mouth and a bad breath.
While taking prescribed medicines fasten your healing, it can make your mouth dry, and hence, cause a bad breath.
(4) Blood clot falling out (dry socket)
If you notice a bad taste or bad breath all of a sudden 2-days after the tooth extraction, then a dry socket could have happened.
What is a dry socket after tooth extraction?
A dry socket is the happening of throbbing pain and it occurs when the blood clot that usually fills the socket, comes out of it and exposes the bone and nerve tissue. Dry socket is a painful complication that normally happens in 3–5 percent of all tooth extraction surgeries and causes foul breath and a bad taste in the mouth.
How to get rid of bad breath after wisdom tooth extraction?
After having a tooth pulled, you are vulnerable to having an infection, which can lead to bad breath because the area is now exposed and dry. Usually, a bad breath caused due to wisdom teeth removal will recover as you heal. If you notice that your mouth odor, bad breath, or bad tastes in the extracted site still continues after some days, then seek a medical attention.
Here is what to do for pain after wisdom tooth extraction.
(1) Resist the urge to clean your extraction site.
While bad breath after wisdom teeth removal is annoying, your main priority is to keep the blood clot untouched for proper healing. For the first 1 or 2 days, resist your urge to vigorously brush, swish or floss near the affected area.
(2) Have a Waterpik by your side.
After a tooth extraction even if you do brushing your teeth on a daily basis, your bad breath will not get away because your toothbrush will not be able to clean some parts.
Therefore, make use of a Waterpik. Waterpiks are important to your dental health. When you are recovering from a tooth extraction process, a Waterpik will be a best friend. After having a tooth pulled, most food particles will stay in your mouth. The empty socket of a wisdom tooth is the most difficult site to clean.
Unlike toothpicks and dental flosses, a Waterpik delivers high-pressure water sprays to clean and floss your teeth. They are extremely safe to use on the empty socket after a tooth is pulled. Once it clears the food remains, your bad breath will instantly disappear. It is a cheap investment for your long-term oral health worth to make for in order to reduce gum disease, bleeding and prevent infections.
(3) Rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwashes.
Another best way to eliminate bad breath is to use an antiseptic mouthwash. While a saltwater solution for rinsing mouth can also help, antiseptic mouthwash is more effective to clean up all the bacteria present in your mouth. And rinsing with it is an effective way to get rid of bacteria after having every meal from your mouth.
Note: You should not rinse with mouthwash or warm salt water for first 24-hours. Most dentists suggest rinsing only after 24-hours. If your dentist advises to wait longer, wait longer.
(4) Control bacteria using CloSYS mouthwash.
The best product to prevent the bacteria in the mouth is to use CloSYS mouth rinse. Preferably, you must use it a day before having a tooth extraction and after 24-hours. Swish with Closys mouthwash twice a day for 7-days. CloSYS is available over-the-counter.
(5) Avoid drinking sweet beverages.
The bacteria present in your mouth depend on these sweet substances to cause dental plaque. What is a dental plaque? Also called a tooth plaque, it is a sticky, colorless film that contains bacteria and constantly coats on your teeth and along your gum line.
Some more other tips
- Brush your teeth on a daily basis and gargle using warm salt water solution sometimes a day to kill bacteria present in your mouth. Ensure to prevent swallowing it.
- Once the bleeding stops, sip water slowly in order to keep your mouth fresher.
- Keep your body hydrated to eliminate this type of bad mouth odor.
- Brush twice a day. Use soft bristle toothbrush to brush teeth after wisdom tooth extraction and gargle with lukewarm water on a regular basis. Make sure you avoid that affected area for some time and brush gently on that site.
- Use a tongue scraper for cleaning your tongue.
- Avoid smoking to prevent infections.
- Visit your dentist if bad mouth smell or pain continues after 3-4 days following the wisdom teeth removal.
Here are the best soft foods to eat – Soup, yogurt, cottage cheese, applesauce, Jell-O or pudding, ice cream, smoothies or milkshakes, instant oatmeal and mashed potatoes. You can easily chew and swallow them and they are very high in protein and vitamins.
How long does bad breath last after wisdom teeth removal?
The bad breath will persist for 4-5 days after the wisdom tooth extraction and, eventually, it must go away by itself. If the foul smell doesn’t fade away, then you should think of visiting a dentist.
By maintaining good dental hygiene and following these steps, you can easily reduce the bad breath problem.