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Bad Breath after Wisdom Teeth Pulled/Extraction

Sometimes people will notice that they have bad breath after having a wisdom tooth extracted.  There are many causes for this.  If you didn’t have bad breath before the tooth extraction you are probably wondering what’s happening.

In most cases bad breath is the result of poor oral hygiene resulting in the increase bacteria production which leads to bad breath.  When you have your wisdom tooth pulled, it takes time for the extraction to heal, so you may experience blood clots and continued bleeding during the healing process.  This all can add to increased bacteria and the only way around this is to practice good oral hygiene. 

Any time you have a tooth extracted you are susceptible to infection which also can increase mouth odor.  Keeping the area clean and free of food particles will help prevent infections.  Be sure to follow your dentist’s post extraction instructions to the letter.  As the extracted tooth socket heals you’ll notice a reduction in your bad breath.  If you continue to have mouth odor or bad breath consult your doctor.

By practicing good oral hygiene you’ll not only avoid having bad breath, but you also avoid infection and illnesses.  Following are some good oral Hygenie practices:

  1. Rinse mouth with warm salth water several times a day, salt kills the bacteria, do not swallow the salt water.
  2. Use a proper tongue scraper to clean your tongue.
  3. Brush your teeth atleast 2 times a day, make sure your tooth brush does not touch the wound.
  4. When eating, keep food partciles away from the wounds, rinse your mouth with warm salt water after evey meal.
  5. If the breadth become worse or the pain does not go away 3 days after the procedure, contact your dentist.