Can I brush my teeth after rhinoplasty?

Can I brush my teeth after rhinoplasty?

On Tuesday, the 26th, I had my rhinoplasty. My sonicare toothbrush has been used to brush my teeth. I’ve also been flossing. My concern is that the vibrations from the electric toothbrush, or the movements in and around the mouth caused by flossing, would interfere with my recuperation. Near my tip, I had an open rhinoplasty with osteotomies and cartilage grafts.

Nose surgery and brushing

Brushing after rhinoplasty is another area of post-rhinoplasty care that is required. To avoid complications throughout the process of enhancing the nose, the patient should be taught how to use a toothbrush following rhinoplasty.

Refrain from sneezing

The nose should not be shaken for the first several days following rhinoplasty. The nose bone must remain in place due to the presence of nasal plaster and the need to keep the nose fixed in order for the nasal bone to mend and improve the position of the stitches. You should avoid chewing food for a week to ten days after rhinoplasty, according to the doctor’s advice, to prevent the nasal bone from shifting. Because the nasal plaster does not move until it is removed, it is also advised that you do not bathe. Alternatively, if you’re taking a shower, don’t wash your head and face.

Is it okay to wash your teeth after a rhinoplasty?

Due to the eating of mixed foods, no food is left between the teeth until one week after the rhinoplasty, but dental hygiene requires the use of a toothbrush. Brushing is not prohibited after rhinoplasty. However, it should be done with caution to avoid shaking the nose. To brush, open your mouth as little as possible. Also, slide the toothbrush around in your mouth slowly. To avoid putting strain on the septum and sutures of the nose. Mouthwash can also be used to improve dental hygiene. Brush your teeth gently to compensate.

Dental Care for Rhinoplasty

For my rhinoplasty patients, I normally don’t place any restrictions on dental care. However, each surgeon has their unique post-operative procedure after rhinoplasty. I would suggest contacting your surgeon’s office to explore their post-operative care preferences. Best of luck!


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