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Can I Rinse My Mouth With Peroxide After Oral Surgery?

Posted on 6/15/2024 by San Tan Oral Surgery
Row of wooden tooth shapes, one of which is being pulled out of the row by dental pliersIt is very normal to notice some redness in your saliva days after your oral surgery. You can be tempted to rinse your mouth and get rid of the redness. There are specific post-operation instructions that you should always adhere to after oral surgery.

What Happens After Tooth Extraction?

Tooth extraction or tooth removal is a surgical procedure. As a result, specific post-operative care must be adhered to after the surgery to prevent unnecessary complications, including infection, excessive bleeding, and swelling. Signs of complications may include severe pain, persistent bleeding, swelling that worsens after the first few days, or a reaction to medication.

After tooth extraction, the extraction site forms a blood clot. This is a normal part of the healing process as it stops bleeding. More often, your oral surgeon will give you a gauze to bite over the extraction site for about 30-45 minutes after your appointment.

If the bleeding persists, your dentist might place a new gauze over the site, and you firmly bite it for an extra 30 minutes. At least for the first 24 hours, you may keep changing your gauze and biting it down firmly until when the bleeding stops and blood clots form over the site.

When Can I Rinse My Mouth After Oral Surgery?

Do not rinse your mouth or brush your teeth for 24 hours after oral surgery. Rinsing your mouth can dislodge the blood clot, hampering the healing process. After 24 hours, you can clean your mouth by brushing using a soft-bristled brush.

After 24 hours, you should rinse your mouth using a solution of water mixed with hydrogen peroxide at a ratio of 1:1. This rinse should be done at least 4-5 times a day. The hydrogen peroxide in the solution helps to prevent infection and promote healing.

As a cautionary note, you should avoid over-the-counter mouth rinses, especially those that contain hydrogen peroxide. These rinses may not have the correct concentration of hydrogen peroxide, which could be harmful to your healing process. Make sure you get the correct brand from your dentist and that you follow the instructions given without fail.

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