Is it Normal to Have Bad Breath After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Is it normal to have bad breath after wisdom teeth removal? Yes it is perfectly normal to have bad breath immediately after a tooth extraction. It is just one of the many worries one faces post extraction. Though bad breath is common post surgery there is a lot one can do to prevent its occurrence or reduce the odor. Here’s a note on post wisdom teeth surgery care:

  • Improper oral hygiene is the top reason for bad breath after a tooth extraction. As such one needs to brush regularly avoiding the area of extraction however, to prevent adding to the existing pain. Gargling   using over the counter mouth washes should be avoided as the chemicals present in it can be too strong and hurt the area of extraction. Instead gargle with warm water and salt, the salt content will help to fight the bacteria and reduce the bad breath.
  • As long as the blood clot in the area of extraction remains intact there are no chances of a dry socket occurring which can give rise to bad breath. So make sure you don’t dislodge the blood clot by sipping through straws.
  • If you’re a habitual smoker you must avoid smoking for at least two days after the surgery as smoking also disrupts the blood clot and moreover, the nicotine content from the cigarettes may get trapped in the abscess causing an infection. The infection can further give rise to bad breath.
  • Also if you’re an alcoholic stay away from your booze till the wound heals or else you will have to bear the stink for longer than the usual 3-4 days.
  • Take care to include only soft and liquid foods in your diet for the next few days after the surgery. Solid or hard foods may increase the pain and make it difficult to chew. As such any particles which get stuck in between the teeth and don’t make it down the food pipe will accumulate to breed bacteria. Bacterial infections as such always emit foul odor.
  • Despite maintaining good hygiene practices, bad breath may be present on account of the blood clot formed. And you know blood clots don’t smell pleasant.  Hence the odor will persist for about 3-4 days after the surgery but should eventually fade away on its own. If the odor doesn’t go away then you must consider making a visit to the dentist.
  • The constant bleeding immediately after the surgery may also be responsible for bad breath.
  • While caring to rinse your mouth regularly don’t overdo as excessive rinsing and spitting can disrupt the blood clot to give rise to a dry socket. And bad breath is the first sign of a drying socket.

In case of a dry socket post wisdom tooth extraction your dentist may have to clean up the socket and hasten the healing process using medicated topical creams, gels, or antibiotics.

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