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Old 03-03-2007, 03:54 AM   #1
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Brushing teeth after gum surgery?

How long before it's ok to brush the teeth that had the gum surgery? It's been a week and I have a lot of plaque buildup already because I haven't been able to brush them. I don't see the doctor for another two weeks.

 
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Old 03-03-2007, 06:58 AM   #2
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Re: Brushing teeth after gum surgery?

I was told to use a q-tip to kinda massage the area and clean it during the second week. I was not supposed to actually brush with a toothbrush and toothpaste until the third week after surgery.

 
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Old 03-03-2007, 01:42 PM   #3
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Re: Brushing teeth after gum surgery?

Well, it'll be interesting to see what happens when I see the doctor again. I've gotten more advice on how to take care of my mouth from this board and the internet than from the doctor. I have read that you should still brush the rest of your teeth, just not the ones you had surgery on, which is what I've been doing.

 
Old 03-03-2007, 03:20 PM   #4
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Re: Brushing teeth after gum surgery?

Exactly.....I made sure to brush the rest of my teeth, just avoided the grafted area. This board is definitely helpful! I got a lot of info here before I had my first gum surgery.

 
Old 03-03-2007, 04:34 PM   #5
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Re: Brushing teeth after gum surgery?

I was also told to brush the side without the graft, starting the day after the surgery. It has been nearly two weeks since I had mine done and I was only able to start cleaning the graft with a q-tip a couple of days ago. My follow-up is this Wed so we will see what he says!

 
Old 03-14-2007, 04:08 PM   #6
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Re: Brushing teeth after gum surgery?

How did your follow-up go? I have mine tomorrow. I'm curious to hear what he says because the tooth next to the one I had grafted now looks like it might need the same.

 
Old 03-17-2007, 07:45 PM   #7
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Re: Brushing teeth after gum surgery?

My follow-up was fine. He said it is healing well. The hole on the roof of my mouth is completely healed, and the graft area is getting there but still a bit red, especially between my teeth. I am going back in one month for another follow-up and the plan is to have cleanings every 4 months to see if that helps. But I agree, the gumline on the teeth next to the graft now looks low and I wonder if I should have it there also.
How was your follow-up?

 
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