In addition to the best practices in this guide, patients should always follow their dentist’s instructions for post-surgical care following dental surgery. To make sure you’re getting care that’s personalized to your specific case and concerns, the most important thing to remember is that you’re empowered to talk to your doctor.
After your dental surgery, it’s crucial to commit to proper oral hygiene.
You know to brush and floss twice a day; however, your teeth make up only 25 percent of your mouth, and rinsing is especially important after surgery. Ask your dentist when you can resume your normal oral-hygiene routine, including a mouthwash to clean those hard-to-reach areas. After your gums have healed, adding a mouthwash to your daily routine rinses out harder-to-reach areas and can help you maintain a healthy mouth.
Listerine® can kill 99.9 percent of germs that cause plaque, gingivitis and bad breath
An antiseptic wash like Listerine® can kill 99.9 percent of germs that cause plaque, gingivitis and bad breath, and some washes offer extra cavity protection and tooth strengthening.
The best results—minimized oral pain and an effective, safe and speedy recovery from your extraction, implant or root canal—come from patient education and knowing what to say at your next visit.