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A 45-year-old member asked:

i'm wondering how long do you wait to rinse with salt water after tooth extraction?

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Dr. Manami Yamaguchi
Dentistry 25 years experience
Rinse: Rinsing often cause the blood clots to be lost, which then causes dry socket. So rinse with extreme caution. It is often better not to rinse at least until the blood clot forms nicely. This will take about 24-48 hours. If you are on a certain medication, this may take longer. Once you see the clotted blood, you may rinse, but please be careful not to spit much, and just let the water drain out.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

How long do you rinse with salt water after a tooth extraction, before resuming brushing?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Comer
Dentistry 36 years experience
1-2 days: You can and should resume brushing after 1 day but avoid any irritated areas and rinse with salt water.
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A 29-year-old female asked:

When should I rinse with salt water after a tooth extraction?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Rinsing after ext: No rinsing for the first 24 hours. Then you can gently rinse with salt water after eating. You should have been supplied with written and/or oral instructions. If not request them. Follow those instructions.

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