Meaning of bad breath after a tooth extraction
When your teeth are extracted, you get a bad breath, particularly, if your tooth gets infected. Because the surgical wound is open, the food debris and particles gather inside your wound after every meal.
However, it is not the food that creates such bad smell; instead, it is a type of bacteria that cause a rotten smell breath. Probably after 3-4 days of your tooth extraction, you begin to notice a bad smell near your tooth extraction site.
It is quite normal to get a bad breath after wisdom teeth removal and most often when the wound closes and the extraction site heals, your bad odor must go away.
Causes of bad breath after tooth extraction?
Here is what causes bad breath after tooth extraction:
(1) Blood flow
The tooth extraction site can bleed occasionally for first 2-3 days, which can create both bad mouth smell and an unpleasant taste in your mouth. The blood clot is the main reason to cause bad breath after tooth extraction.
(2) Not able to clean
The first few days after tooth extraction, you will not be able to properly brush and floss your teeth, because it is important that the extracted site must stay undisturbed in initial healing. This can also lead to bad breath.
The medicines prescribed to you will fasten your healing process, however, it will make your mouth dry and hence, causes bad breath.
(4) Dry socket
A dry socket can also cause a bad taste or bad breath after a few days of tooth removal. Dry socket happens when the blood clot oozes from the socket exposing bone and nerve tissue and causes throbbing pain. The pain of dry socket often happens together with foul breath and bad taste in your mouth.
How to get rid of bad breath after wisdom tooth extraction?
- To stop bleeding put a folded, damp gauze on your extraction area and bite gently for an hour. Relax with your head elevated.
- To reduce swellings make use of ice packs. Put the ice packs on the outside surface of your face for 30-minutes on, and then, 30-minutes off when you are awake for the first twenty-four hours.
- To avoid a dry socket don’t rinse vigorously, suck on your wound, spit, smoke and exercise for a few days after the tooth extraction procedure.
- Sip water slowly in order to keep your mouth fresh.
- Use a water pick to clean food debris from the tooth socket. It can help to reduce gum diseases and bleeding.
- Use warm salt water or a mouthwash for washing your mouth after twenty-four hours. But don’t use mouthwash for first twenty-four hours.
- Use an antiseptic mouthwash to eliminate bacteria from the mouth after each meal.
- Use soft bristle toothbrush for brushing the teeth and gargle using lukewarm water.
- Don’t over rinse the day of your tooth extraction so that the clot doesn’t wash away.
- If painkillers are not alleviating your tooth pain, then your doctor can put a soothing dressing for promoting healing. Eventually, time heals your tooth pain.
- Drink fresh juice and eat healthy foods to stay hydrated.