A 35-year-old member asked:
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could i rinse with salt water if i'm still bleeding after wisdom tooth extraction?

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Dr. TED FEDER
Dr. TED FEDER answered
39 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Pressure Is Better: First wipe away any clot over the gum surface. Then place a moistened teabag on the bleeding site and close together for 30 minutes without letting up. You should be sitting upright with a cold pack on the cheek. Drink plenty of fluids!
Answered on Mar 27, 2016
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Dr. Earl Sandroff
42 years experience Dentistry
Stop rinsing..: Rinsing the extraction sites is the wrong thing to do. You are washing out the blood clot perhaps. Call the doctor who did the extractions and ask what to do. You might need to go back and see the doctor.
Answered on Nov 13, 2012

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Dr. Jeffrey Yost
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4-5 days: No rinsing is done for the first 24 hours after the extractions are completed. Then the day after extractions, start the warm salt water rinses. Put ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Wright
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Yes, gently: Salt water rinsing can be helpful, as long as you rinse gently... You do not want to disturb the extraction site as a dry socket can occur if the bloo ... Read More
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Dr. Ronald Smith
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Yes: But, not to quickly after the surgery. You want to be careful not to disturb the open sockets too soon as the clotting that occurs is part of the hea ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Kim
25 years experience Dentistry
As long as it helps: But after 8 days of solid healing, i would say you're close to being done.

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