Can We Use Mouthwash Right After Tooth Extraction?

January 15, 2024
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When we talk about taking care of oral hygiene, mouthwash along with brushing and flossing is important too; but what about the time when you are recovering from a tooth extraction? Generally, dentists, in such situation, recommend waiting for at least 48 hours after tooth extraction to start using a mouthwash.

When Is Mouthwash Needed?

Mouthwash plays a crucial role in maintaining oral hygiene. Its purpose is to freshen and clean the mouth with antimicrobial properties to combat compounds that produce bad breath.

Using Mouthwash after a Tooth Extraction

After a tooth extraction, wait for 48 hours before reintroducing mouthwash into your routine. It has strong antibacterial properties that can irritate the extraction site, potentially leading to a condition known as “dry socket.”

During the first 24 hours, it is crucial to avoid strong rinsing. This is done to allow the blood clot to form and kick start the healing process. Once through, you can introduce saltwater mouthwash twice a day for at least a week or as your dentist recommends. This aids in cleansing and healing. Make sure you spit gently to avoid disturbing the extraction site.

When Can You Brush Teeth After Tooth Extraction?

Brushing, flossing, and mouthwash are avoided on the first day to let the initial period – blood clots form in the socket, initiating the healing process. After this time, you can cautiously brush your teeth, avoiding excessive force or contact with the extraction site.

Similar guidelines work for wisdom tooth removal. It is advisable to wait for 2 days after the extraction.

Stages of Healing After a Tooth Extraction

According to Dr. Paichun (Patrick) Huang, DDS, a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD) at Briar Forest Dental Group, understanding the stages of healing post-tooth extraction is crucial for recovery.

  1. First 24 Hours: Expect blood clot formation in the socket that aids as a protective barrier. This is accompanied by minor bleeding, swelling, and some pain. Rest and avoid strenuous activities during this time.
  2. Day after Surgery: Avoid any action that may dislodge the blood clot, such as using straws for drinking or brushing near the extraction site.
  3. After 3 Days: Gums begin to heal at this stage and cover the extraction site.
  4. 1 Week Post-procedure: By this time, the empty socket left after tooth removal is well on its way to healing, with any discomfort or tenderness subsiding.

Closing Note

Proper care post-tooth extraction requires patience, time, and adherence to safety guidelines. Wait for 48 hours before using mouthwash, along with meticulous brushing, for comfortable recovery. If you want more information on ways we can be of help, contact Briar Forest Dental Group. Dial (713) 784-4430 to connect with us. Or visit our clinic at 1988 Wilcrest Dr G, Houston, TX 77042, United States.

We are proud to serve patients from all nearby communities, including Briar Forest, The Memorial Villages, Memorial City, Westchase, and Walnut Bend.

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