If you are facing bad breath after wisdom tooth extraction or surgery then don’t be panic because this is common. In the article, you will read the causes of bad breath after wisdom tooth extraction, and how to avoid or reduce the bad breath after a tooth extraction. Another question is “Is it normal to have bad breath after tooth extraction”.
There are a lot of reasons which cause bad breath. Below are some major reasons you need to avoid them.
You must follow your dentist post-surgery instructions carefully. Bad breath after wisdom tooth extraction for one to two days is common because you can’t maintain your healthy oral hygiene due to pain. You should drink a lot of water and smoothies etc and eat soft foods like banana, popsicles etc which will help in stop bleeding.
Because of pain near the surgery area, it is difficult to brush properly in that area and due to this reason food particles may be stuck into that area and increase the bacterial growth. This may lead to bacterial infection and bad breath due to infection.
As described above, after one or two days of wisdom teeth extraction, it is difficult to open mouth properly and also chewing problems. Bacteria may easily grow on surgery area, so change gauze piece after every 20 to 30 minutes (after the wisdom tooth extraction) to stop bleeding.
Lukewarm salt water will help you to reduce bacteria in the mouth. Gargling with salt water 2 to 3 times in a day help to maintain healthy oral hygiene and hence bad breath after wisdom tooth extraction.
Avoid excessive spitting, gargling with commercial mouthwashes (because they have strong ingredients), smoking, tea, coffee and other hot drinks. Because of a blood clot form after a tooth extraction on the surgery area. It helps in the healing process as food particles, air, smoke can not go inside the socket and cause infection.
Smoking, excessive spitting and other described above may cause this blood clot to remove and make a dry socket. A dry socket takes more time to heal (above 2 weeks) and is so painful. This makes difficult to maintain good oral hygiene and lead to infection, other complications and hence bad breath after wisdom tooth extraction.
You should avoid smoking for at least two to 4 days after wisdom teeth removal. Because cigarettes contain nicotine which reduces the blood supply in mouth and result into a removal of the blood clot (which help in fast healing). So a dry socket form and results in bad breath after wisdom tooth extraction.
You need high willpower to avoid smoking for 3 to 4 days. But people who can’t do that should follow this method for smoking described in this video.
You should avoid intake of alcohol because it also reduces the blood supply in the mouth. Due to short supply of blood, the blood clot removes and a dry socket form after the surgery. Dry socket is the main reason for bad breath after wisdom tooth extraction. Because it causes infection, delay the healing process for 2 to 4 weeks, and severe pain, swelling, and discomfort.
So Smoking, poor oral hygiene, bacteria, infection and dry socket are major reasons of bad breath after wisdom tooth extraction. You should avoid the reasons which cause dry socket wisdom teeth like the use of alcohols, excessive spitting, gurgling, smoking, use of straws for drinking liquids etc. Change gauze piece (after 20 to 30 minutes) after wisdom teeth removal to maintain healthy oral hygiene. Gurgling with lukewarm salt water reduces bacterial growth in the mouth and provide good feeling.