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A 48-year-old member asked:

after a tooth extraction, how long do i have to wait before i can stop rinsing my mouth with salt water?

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Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 39 years experience
Check with your dent: Check with your dentist. He or she knows your situation best. A simple phone call should give you the answer.
Dr. Randolph Todd
Endodontics 44 years experience
Varies: Post operative care for extractions vary based on the specifics of the treatment. Some extractions (simple) require very little post operative care while others (complex) may require post operative care to extend over a longer period of time. It would be best for you to discus this question with the surgeon that performed the procedure to tailor the post operative care to your treatment.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

When can I stop rinsing my mouth with salt water after a tooth extraction?

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Dr. Alan Zweig
Dentistry 45 years experience
Right away: I dont think you should be rinsing at all after an extraction. You dont want to dislodge the blood clot and rinsing could do that.
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A 28-year-old female asked:

My tooth extraction hole is full of yellowish white color stuff. I noticed when I swished my mouth with salt water the yellowish white stuff came out.

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. John DeWolf
Dentistry 40 years experience
Debris?: Whether this is concerning depends on how long post-op you are. If it's been a few days and you are comfortable, not likely an issue. If it's less than 48 hours since the surgery, it may be a dislodged clot requiring follow up treatment. If it starts to hurt or seems to not be healing per the dentists expectations, get back there for an evaluation.

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