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can i rinse my mouth after tooth extraction

A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Goodpaster
29 years experience Dentistry
Normally, Yes: Unless specifically told not to, we normally tell patients to gently rinse with warm water beginning the day after any extractions. You can add salt t ... Read More
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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
45 years experience Dentistry
Follow instructions: I would assume that you were provided with post-op instructions, written, verbal or both. Rinsing is usually recommended- salt water, etc (no straws. ... Read More

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A female asked:
Dr. Jerry Brown
53 years experience Prosthodontics
Wisdom Tooth P.O.: Good day; Always speak with practitioner after any type of surgical care; however, do not rinse around the extraction site area for 48 hours. The cl ... Read More
Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
No!: Generally speaking we like to wait 24 hours before rinsing to allow a good blood clot to form. After that, continue to rinse, brush, and floss GENTLY ... Read More
Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
38 years experience Dentistry
See below: I am sure the dentist or oral surgeon gave you written instructions, including no spitting, smoking and taking it easy. If you have any concerns conta ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
51 years experience Dentistry
Yes: All of the extraction sites will have healed sufficiently after 4 weeks.
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Dr. Joel Doyon
36 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Rinsing is good: Yes, you can use a mouthwash to rinse your mouth. Usually, you can begin to use a mouthwash after one week
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marcus Free
27 years experience General Surgery
Yes: 5 days after oral surgery is plenty of time for healing to occur enough to not have bleeding with simply swishing salt water around. Eating, even soft ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zhiqiang Huang
13 years experience Dentistry
Very helpful: If the extraction site is not healing well, the socket is probably still open and food can be trapped there and cause inflammation. Rinsing frequentl ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathryn Akin
37 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
No: Despite it's medicinal smell and taste, it is to be used as is. It can be very helpful in keeping the area clean after an oral surgery procedure like ... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lawrence Kessler
56 years experience Periodontics
Give it a few days: you are doing the riGht thing keep rinsing with a mouthwash and you can clean with a q tip as well In about a week or so you should be able to clean ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Korona
33 years experience Interventional Radiology
Probably ok: Get checked to exclude infection.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
49 years experience Dentistry
Pressure : Rinse your mouth with cold water and place cotton gauze. Hold it in place for 5 min. The area should not be bleeding when you are placing pressure wit ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
Call the dentist: To find out if this was expected and how best to handle it, or if it requires that you child be seen again.
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