How to Keep Your Mouth Clean if You Have Your Jaw Wired
Posted on 12/15/2018 by Canyon Oral and Facial Surgery
There are plenty of things a person has to learn if their jaw is wired shut. They may wonder how they will talk to others. They may worry about how they can eat what anything when they cannot open their mouth.
These are definitely issues to deal with, but there is another one that if ignored can have a lasting impact on the health of the individual. That is how to clean your mouth and teeth when you cannot open them to follow your normal oral hygiene routine. There are answers to this.
Why it is Important Over the course of the day, bacteria and food particles attach themselves to your teeth and get stuck in between your teeth and gums. Under Norma circumstance, you would grab your toothbrush and a little floss and remove as much as you can. Combining that with regular visits to our dental offices can help keep your teeth and gums happy and healthy.
If you have wired your jaw shut, the circumstances change. It is not possible to open your mouth to brush the back of your teeth and to reach the molars. You cannot get a piece of floss into your mouth. Many people have their jaw wired shut for several months. That can lead to a buildup of plaque and tartar that can result in tooth decay, cavities and gum disease. It is important to take steps to clean your teeth as much as possible.
How to Do It? Brushing is still the first line of defense. Switch to a smaller, child sized toothbrush to make it easier to do. Use a finger to pull your cheek out to give you more space to brush. Instead of flossing turn to a water pick tool to help remove any debris between the teeth.
This can take care of the front of the teeth, but it does not help the back of the teeth. For that a mouthwash can help clean away the bacteria. Another key is to use Vaseline or some other product to help prevent your lips and gums from getting too dry or cracking.
For more information about how to take care of your oral health under any conditions. Contact our office to schedule an appointment.