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Why Does My Breath Smell After Oral Surgery?

Oral surgery can cause bad breath. But not all patients experience stinky breath. There are a number of reasons your breath may smell after oral surgery. Bleeding is the number reason you have bad breath after oral surgery. As the extraction site bleeds, it emits a foul odor and unpleasant taste. After it has stopped bleeding, you may sip water to reduce the smell. You can only use mouthwash or warm water solution after 24 hours. It’s not recommended within 24 hours of operation because it can worsen the bleeding and affect the healing time of the site.

Lack of Proper Oral Hygiene

After undergoing an oral surgery, brushing and flossing your teeth during the first two days after the procedure aren’t allowed. The reason for this is that the site must not be disturbed while it’s still healing. That’s why your breath smells during this period. However, as soon as you’re allowed to clean your teeth, bad breath will also be gone.


Pain medications can cause your mouth to dry. Unfortunately, mouth dryness is one of the culprits of halitosis. If you can’t tolerate the pain, you can take pain relievers. However, make sure to keep yourself hydrated to prevent your breath from smelling bad.

Bad Taste

One of the causes of having a bad taste in the mouth after surgery is the dry socket. It occurs when nerve tissue and bone are exposed after blood lot gets out of the extraction site. This, too, can cause bad breath.

How to alleviate the problem?

After an oral surgery, you’re more prone to infection.  Infection can be prevented by avoiding food particles from getting to the extraction site.  The good thing is that bad breath in this situation will improve as soon as the affected site heals. However, if your breath doesn’t improve after a few days, you should visit your oral surgeon for an assessment. When cleaning your teeth, you may use a water pick. It works like flossing. The only difference is that you’re using a high-pressure water spray.

Another way to get rid of bad breath is to use an antiseptic mouthwash as recommended by your dentist. It can remove bacteria that cause bad breath. When you drink, make sure to use a straw, especially if you’re drinking sweet beverages. In this way,  your teeth won’t get exposed to bacteria. It’s also beneficial to rinse your mouth with warm salt water solution a few times a day. In this way, bacteria in your mouth are properly eliminated. Don’t swallow the solution, though, as it can cause stomach discomfort.

The use of a tongue scraper is highly recommended to clean your tongue properly. Keep in mind that your tongue harbors bacteria causing bad breath. When brushing, make sure to avoid the extraction site as it can irritate the area and may cause some complications. It also lengthens healing time. After oral surgery, you’re not allowed to smoke. If you can, make sure to avoid smoking entirely. It’s not only bad for your health, but it can also worsen the affected area.

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