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Can You Brush Your Teeth After Jaw Surgery?

Posted on 1/2/2024 by Weo Admin
Elderly white couple smiling and brushing their teeth in the bathroom mirror.After jaw surgery, you will likely experience soreness in your muscles, jaw bones, lips, nose, and other face areas. Such discomfort can make eating, cleaning your teeth, and drinking difficult, hence the need to understand post-operative care to aid in fast and easy recovery. Learn how soon you can brush your teeth after jaw surgery.

Basic Hygiene Is Vital

Like any surgical wound, keeping all areas of your mouth clean post-surgery is vital. Since you will be eating small portions up to six times daily, you must clean your teeth at every interval.

Hygiene During the First Week

Immediately after surgery, you may experience soreness, affecting how much you can open your mouth. Still, you should exercise good oral hygiene by regularly cleaning your mouth. However, at this stage, ensure that the bristles of your brush stay near the braces or teeth. Also, brushing your tongue on the side bordering your teeth may also have challenges, but this should improve over time.

How To Brush Your Teeth Post-Surgery

After leaving the hospital, your surgeon may give you a small toothbrush ideal for the sides of your tongue. To brush your teeth, use a small amount of toothpaste and brush all areas of your mouth, then rinse with warm water and the surgical incision sites with the syringe given when you were discharged. For this rinse, you can use plain tap water or half water and half mouthwash or salty water. After the first to the second week, you may experience some bleeding after brushing your teeth, but this should stop minutes after cleaning your mouth.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

The benefits of brushing your teeth must be considered, especially after jaw surgery, as proper hygiene keeps the incisions clean for adequate healing. If you are uncertain about oral hygiene post-surgery, book an appointment with us, and we will walk you through it.
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