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Posted by: Jenna | 2010/05/03

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Bad breath after wisdom teeth extraction

Hi doc,

I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed under general anaesthetic on the 12 April. I had a check up a week later where the surgeon said my wounds are healing well and there is no sign of infection. Since about the 23rd April I have been experiencing bad breath and a bad taste in my mouth which I think is coming from my wounds. I brush my teeth and tongue twice daily, I floss every 2-3 days and I use mouthwash every 2-3 days so I can''t think it''s because of plaque.

I have sent a mail to my surgeon today but just want to know what causes this, how it can be solved and how worried I should be? It obviously has to be an infection of sorts.

Thanks!

Expert's Reply

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Oral health expert

It is not necessarily an infection. Bad breath after surgery is common (bleeding,wound site), extra plaque build up etc.
I wouldn't worry too much. See your dentist after 2 weeks for a cleaning if it doesn't settle

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Posted by: dental expert | 2010/05/03

It is not necessarily an infection. Bad breath after surgery is common (bleeding,wound site), extra plaque build up etc.
I wouldn't worry too much. See your dentist after 2 weeks for a cleaning if it doesn't settle

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