A 24-year-old female asked:
i got my wisdom tooth extraction yesterday, after that i rinse my mouth with water because of the blood, is it safe?
2 doctor answers
Dr. James Goodpaster answered
28 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 to the water but studies are divided on whether the salt actually does anything. It is normal to see a slight amount of blood in when you spit for 2-3 days after an extraction as well. When in doubt, contact the doctor that removed the teeth.
Answered on Feb 28, 2014
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman answered
44 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.) call the office and clarify if need be.
Answered on Feb 21, 2014
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