Do you have a bit of loose gum flap around the wisdom teeth? A lot of people experience this after they have their wisdom teeth removed. Fortunately, it is perfectly normally to have loose gum flaps around the wisdom teeth socket. If you are affected by impacted wisdom teeth then you are more likely to be affected by loose gum flaps around the teeth. In this article, we explain why loose gum flaps form and what you can do to get rid of it.
Cause of loose gum flaps
When the wisdom teeth start to emerge, some of the gum will get displaced as the teeth forces its way through. Therefore, it is perfectly natural to have loose gum flap once your wisdom teeth start to emerge. Most people will start to notice this a few weeks before they have to extract the wisdom teeth. Whatever happens, you must not try and pull off the loose gum flap. If you do, you just open yourself to a lot of pain and diseases such as gingivitis. As annoying as it may be to have the flap lying around your wisdom teeth, you must just patiently wait.
Getting rid of gum flap
The body will naturally get rid of the gum flap on its own. It could take several weeks for this to happen so you’ll have to wait patiently. Once the wisdom teeth are extracted from the socket, the loose gum will slowly go through a discoloration process. Blood will no longer flow to the loose part because it is no longer a part of the jaw. Once the blood stops flowing, the cells within the loose gum flap will go through a process called apoptosis. This is just a fancy scientific word for cell death. You’ll know when this starts to happen when the loose gum flap starts to turn grey.
Until the gum flap disappears, you need to take extra caution with your dental habits. Food residue can easily get stuck within the flap. If you don’t clear them out, bacterial infection will spread across your mouth. The best way to clear out food particles in the loose gum flap is by either using a water pick or a water syringe.
Dental flosses won’t do it and you are more likely to damage your gums by using a dental floss or a toothpick. Water Piks use the power of water to clear out all the junk within your teeth gaps.
You should also rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash at least once a day for hygiene purposes. During the recovery period, it wouldn’t come as a big surprise if your breath starts to smell a little worse than before so mouthwash will do a whole lot of good in keeping your breath smell minty fresh.