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how long after wisdom tooth extraction can i gargle with normal mouth wash instead of salt water?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience Dentistry
Wisdom tooth : You can change to your regular mouthwash after a few days as long as you are not having a lot of pain or swelling. Contact the extracting dentist if you have any concerns.
Answered on Aug 31, 2019
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Mouthwash: Most mouthwash's contain alcohol, which promotes bleeding. Mouthwash is mostly ineffective at controlling oral infection. Continue with the salt water until you have spoken to the Surgeon who knows your situation best, the one that did your extraction.
Answered on Sep 15, 2019

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Swish: One way is to just swish like you would with a mouth rinse. Sometimes a dentist may recommmend a plastic syringe and squirt into the extraction site.

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