When Should You Use Mouthwash After Tooth Extraction?

Brushing and flossing go hand in hand as the pioneers of oral hygiene after getting a tooth out, but what about mouthwash? While many use it as a staple in their routines, using mouthwash too soon after tooth extraction is not beneficial. Let’s find out why.

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    When Is It Safe To Use Mouthwash After Tooth Extraction?

    Use mouthwash 48 hours after tooth extraction.

    This time allows your mouth to form the initial blood clot at the extraction site to start healing. Using mouthwash too soon can displace this fragile mesh of blood, leading to complications like bleeding, pain, and dry sockets.

    After the Initial Healing Period

    Once you surpass the initial 48-hour healing period post tooth extraction, use mouthwash with some precautions:

    • Do not choose alcohol-based mouthwashes since their presence can irritate the extraction site.
    • Rinse the mouth carefully and gently, making sure to avoid vigorous swishing that could dislodge the blood clot.
    • You can switch to using a warm salt water rinse 4 times per day until you are well into the recovery process.
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    How Does Mouthwash Help After Tooth Extraction?

    1. Eliminating Bacteria
      Mouthwashes are infused with antimicrobial agents that eliminate bacteria from your mouth. This is very important after tooth extraction, as bacteria accumulate in the extraction site, resulting in an infection.
    2. Reducing Pain and Discomfort
      Some level of pain and discomfort after tooth extraction is normal. To ease this time, many mouthwashes have slight numbing ingredients that help your mouth and reduce inflammation.
    3. Preventing Dry Socket
      A dry socket is a common complication after tooth extraction. It is a condition where the blood clot at the extraction site is displaced prematurely, resulting in excruciating pain. Mouthwash can help prevent it by reducing the risk of dislodging the blood clot.
    4. Promoting Healing
      They reduce inflammation and promote the formation of a healthy blood clot, keeping the extraction site secure.
    5. Maintaining Oral Hygiene
      This rinse removes food particles and debris accumulated in the mouth, reducing the risk of infection and promoting healing.

    Types of Mouthwash

    You will find multiple variants of mouthwashes in the market, each with its own set of benefits. Some are specifically designed for use after tooth extraction. They have ingredients that help with healing and reduce pain.

    Timing of Mouthwash Use

    The timing of mouthwash use after tooth extraction holds much importance. Generally, dentists recommend waiting for at least 48 hours before using mouthwash after tooth extraction. This lets the fragile blood mesh to form and reduces the risk of dry socket formation.

    Closing Note

    You can use mouthwash after tooth extraction as soon as you cross the 48-hour mark. This much time is sufficient for your mouth to heal and be strong enough to cater a rinse.

    If you want to learn more about tooth extraction and its aftercare, get in touch with Dr. Sharath Chandra V Chedella, FRCD(C). He is board-certified by the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, United States. You can find him practicing at EPIC Dental Specialist and can connect through (709) 754-4895.

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