Do you wonder why your breath started to smell really bad after a wisdom tooth extraction? Chances are, you are not clearing out all the food remains from your mouth. Contrary to belief, it’s not the food remains that actually create the rotten smell. Rather, it is the bacteria that cause your breath to smell really bad.
The longer the food remains in your mouth, the more bacteria that are going to form. It is important to note that even if you brush your teeth regularly, the bad breath won’t go away because there are parts of the teeth that your toothbrush won’t be able to reach. In this article, we examine the best ways to get rid of bad breath after a wisdom tooth extraction. If you follow these tips, you should have your fresh breath again in no time.
#1 Use a Waterpik!
I can’t highlight enough how important Waterpiks are to your dental health. If you are going to have a tooth extracted, you most definitely want a Waterpik by your side.
The Waterpik will be your best friend during the tooth extraction recovery process. As I explained before, a lot of food junk will remain in your mouth after a tooth has been extracted. The empty wisdom tooth socket is the most difficult part to clean.
A Waterpik uses high-pressured sprays of water to floss your teeth. Unlike dental flosses and toothpicks, Waterpiks are very safe to use on empty tooth sockets. As someone who enjoys eating rice, I was surprised by all the rice bits that came out from my wisdom tooth socket while I used a Waterpik. Once you have the food remains cleared, the bad breath will disappear instantly. Click here to read about my experiences of using a Waterpik. It is a cheap investment worth making for your long-term dental health.
#2 Antiseptic mouthwashes
Another good way to get rid of bad breath is by rinsing your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash. You can also use saltwater solution but antiseptic mouthwash is a lot more effective in clearing out all the bacteria in your mouth. Rinse your mouth after you have a big meal and you won’t have to worry about your bad breath any longer.
#3 Use a drinking straw
Unless you are drinking water, use a straw to drink any other beverage. A drinking straw helps you reduce the amount of exposure your teeth receives from sweet beverages. The bacteria in your mouth rely on these sweet agents to do all sorts of things such as creating plaque so a straw is a good way to reduce that effect.
It can take several months for someone to recover from a wisdom tooth extraction therefore you will need a good plan of attack to ensure you are not affected by bad breath for those recovery months.