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Old 07-15-2006, 01:45 PM   #1
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Bad Breath After Tooth Extraction

Hello. I had my upper molar (not wisdom tooth) extracted on Thursday, it has been about 48 hours since the extraction. I do not have any pain, but my breath smells bad. Is this normal? The tooth was extracted because there was an abscess. The dentist did not give me antibiotics and I am worried that I could get an infection. How would I know if I were developing an infection?
Also, I believe there may have been a slight perforation into my sinus as this morning there was a small amount of blood when I used a kleenex on my nose. (It also could have been from dry weather so I am not sure)

Are there things I can do to prevent infection? Does an odor coming from the extraction site necessarily mean infection or could it be from the blood ect.

Thank you!


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Old 07-15-2006, 04:12 PM   #2
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Re: Bad Breath After Tooth Extraction

The bad smell is most likely from small food particles that are caught in the extraction hole. Try rinsing a lot with saltwater, that will hopefully dislodge anything caught and also help the healing process. I had my wisdom teeth pulled and had a problem with this for a couple of weeks (food getting stuck and then bad breath).

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