How does one go about brushing their teeth without spitting?

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  1. bethperry profile image84
    bethperryposted 9 years ago

    How does one go about brushing their teeth without spitting?

    I had a tooth pulled and the dentist sent me home with a sheet detailing "Care Instructions". Under the First 48-Hours After Surgery list, however, instructions Number 2 and 3 appear a wee bit contradictory: #2. DO NOT SPIT, GARGLE OR SWISH ANY LIQUID! #3: Be sure to brush teeth regularly using a mild toothpaste while avoiding the side of mouth surgery was performed. So, my question: exactly how am I supposed to brush my teeth without spitting or swishing with water? I just can't see leaving toothpaste in my mouth a very comfortable or practical scenario!

  2. Arco Hess Designs profile image61
    Arco Hess Designsposted 9 years ago

    Some toothpastes are OK to swallow (originally developed by NASA for use by astronauts since they can't spit either!) Look for children's (or toddlers!) toothpaste.

    1. bethperry profile image84
      bethperryposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Great idea Arco!

  3. Dr Arsalan1989 profile image56
    Dr Arsalan1989posted 9 years ago

    Hello Mam!
    I would like to clear your doubt little bit. Your dentist said that you should not spit for 48 hours and at the same time you have to brush your teeth which cannot be ended without spitting. There is no need for swallowing the tooth paste that will be irritating for you. Minimum bleeding time for a normal person is 2 to 3 mins but extracted socket is a bigger wound it can take an hour or so to stop bleeding completely. Normally you have to brush in morning and at night before getting to sleep after brushing carefully you can take some water in your mouth and don't force the liquid out instead try to move the liquid out in a position of rest don't use your muscles instead use gravity for it. And also instead of brushing twice make it once(i.e at night).

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      sheilamyersposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Awesome answer! I would've never thought about it, but I remember doing the same thing as a kid.

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    Daniella Lopezposted 9 years ago

    There are certain toothpastes, such as those made with a clay base, that are safe to swallow. You could also brush your teeth without using toothpaste until the 48 hours is up.


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