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How Long Do I Have to Wait to Brush My Teeth After a Root Canal?

Wondering if you can return to your oral hygiene routine straightaway? Find out!

You may be tempted to delay brushing after a root canal, but there’s no need to worry. In fact, maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial for a speedy recovery. So how long do you need to wait before brushing? The answer is simple: there’s no waiting period!

applying toothpasteThat’s correct—you can (and should) continue your usual brushing routine even after a root canal. However, there are a few key points to remember:

Be gentle: Your treated tooth and surrounding area may be sensitive, so use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently.

Avoid pressure: Refrain from applying too much pressure on the treated tooth while brushing, as it may still be healing and cause discomfort.

Rinse wisely: Opt for a mild mouthwash or warm salt water to rinse your mouth after brushing. This will help soothe your gums and keep the area clean.

Lastly, if you notice significant pain or discomfort while brushing, don’t hesitate to call our practice. Your dentist can provide expert guidance on the best course of action.

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