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When can I Use Mouthwash After A Tooth Extraction?



Good oral health can keep your teeth and gums healthy, but failing to brush and floss regularly can cause problems, which could eventually lead to a tooth extraction.

Mouthwash After Tooth Extraction

Your dentist can walk you through what is a fairly straightforward surgical procedure, and he or she will more likely than not explain that you will be left with some degree of post-surgery discomfort for a period of time. Your dentist will definitely let you know about things to avoid in order to keep the pain at a minimum.

With that, this blog post will look at the following question: When can I use mouthwash after a tooth extraction? You might be surprised to see how an everyday item that millions of people use in the morning, after lunch or before they go to bed can actually be injurious on the heels of a tooth extraction.

Healing Time

After you get a tooth extracted, you need to prepare yourself for the healing period. You can expect the initial healing phase to take between one and two weeks, and it will take your gum tissue anywhere from three to four weeks to get back to normal.


As a general rule of thumb, you should refrain from using mouthwash for at least one day post-extraction. If you use mouthwash too soon, you will run the risk of dislodging the blood clot that is necessary for proper healing after a tooth extraction procedure. Once you’ve been careful to observe the one-day rule, you should rinse the affected area four times daily using a warm water and salt solution, and be sure to do rinse very gently.

More Possible Risks

Another thing to keep in mind is that one of the ingredients in mouthwash is alcohol, and if you use mouthwash too soon after having a tooth extracted, you can dry out your socket, which will likely result in pain. So be sure to steer clear of mouthwash for the aforementioned period of time in order to avoid any unnecessary discomfort.

When it comes to any dental surgery, follow the recommendations of your dentist. There is a recovery period after a tooth extraction that you should adhere to, so avoid complications by staying away from mouthwash for 24 hours after surgery. Recovery from a tooth extraction will take some time – don’t make it longer by using mouthwash too soon!

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Dr. Stacey Stein
A graduate from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, Dr. Stacy Stein provides personalized care to each patient by explaining the risks and benefits of different treatment options in an honest way, and involves patients in their own care. With a focus on preventative, paediatrics, restorative, prosthodontics, and endodontics, she loves working with patients of all ages.