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Is it ok to chew gum, eat breath mints, or use mouthwash after wisdom teeth extraction?

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In brief: Would not

Follow your post-op instructions.
I would assume that the dentist/oral surgeon recommended soft foods and no drinks through a straw. Chewing gum and breath mints are probably not a real good idea.

In brief: Would not

Follow your post-op instructions.
I would assume that the dentist/oral surgeon recommended soft foods and no drinks through a straw. Chewing gum and breath mints are probably not a real good idea.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not a good idea

follow the postoperative instructions you were given.
Chewing gum and mints can disrupt the healing process. Wait at least a week to new gum. No rinsing for a few days after the extraction. Call your extracting dentist with any questions or concerns. They will be eat able to help you.p

In brief: Not a good idea

follow the postoperative instructions you were given.
Chewing gum and mints can disrupt the healing process. Wait at least a week to new gum. No rinsing for a few days after the extraction. Call your extracting dentist with any questions or concerns. They will be eat able to help you.p
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Dr. Mark Glyman
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

It depends on the amount of time that has passed since the teeth were removed and the complexity of the procedure.
After a week, in most cases it is ok to resume normal activities if ok with the surgeon who did the procedure. The risk of early increased activity is bleeding, infection and dry socket.

In brief: Depends

It depends on the amount of time that has passed since the teeth were removed and the complexity of the procedure.
After a week, in most cases it is ok to resume normal activities if ok with the surgeon who did the procedure. The risk of early increased activity is bleeding, infection and dry socket.
Dr. Mark Glyman
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Dr. Lindsey Wolfer
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Generally No

the first few days it is best not to do anything that will effect the extraction site(s).
Do not drink through a straw or suck on mints; this will tend to cause the extraction site to bleed. After a few days you can rinse , gently, with salt water

In brief: Generally No

the first few days it is best not to do anything that will effect the extraction site(s).
Do not drink through a straw or suck on mints; this will tend to cause the extraction site to bleed. After a few days you can rinse , gently, with salt water
Dr. Lindsey Wolfer
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Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Dentistry - Periodontics

In brief: Follow instructions

It really depends on how long after. Immediately after it is not good, at seven to ten days, it is probably ok.

In brief: Follow instructions

It really depends on how long after. Immediately after it is not good, at seven to ten days, it is probably ok.
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
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Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry

In brief: Wait a few days

Healing is primary importance and you should make sure you follow your surgeon's recommendations first.
Chewing gum may help with the muscles if they are sore. Warm salt water rinses are often recommended, but after a few days, you can try a non-alcoholic rinse like crest prohealth. It's all about how you feel before and after use!

In brief: Wait a few days

Healing is primary importance and you should make sure you follow your surgeon's recommendations first.
Chewing gum may help with the muscles if they are sore. Warm salt water rinses are often recommended, but after a few days, you can try a non-alcoholic rinse like crest prohealth. It's all about how you feel before and after use!
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dr. Benjamin Vela
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