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Brushing teeth after gum graft

12/12/2008

Question:

how soon after a gum graft until it`s safe to brush the surrounding teeth. I had it done on my lower front teeth yesterday and would like to get rid of my bad breath asap. I also don`t want to have to go through the surgery again just because I brushed my teeth. what do you recommend?

Answer:

You should not brush the surgical area. Your periodontist probably prescribed a mouth rinse (chlorhexidine). It is an antibacterial and helps with bad breath, too. You will be seen as post-operative control sometime within 1 week or 10 days after surgery. Your doctor will give an OK to start brushing the area with a soft brush.

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Binnaz   Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University