You may be asking, “When can I spit after a dental extraction?” Spitting is a natural reflex for most people. Spitting too vigorously can cause damage to the healing process and a dry socket. Therefore, you should wait until your doctor has approved you to spit. The clot forms in the mouth within 24 hours after a tooth extraction.
For the first 24 hours after tooth extraction, you should not spit. This is normal. However, your caretaker should be watching for blood at the extraction sites. It is also a good idea not to spit for 20 to 30 minutes after the tooth extraction, as saliva can mix with blood and cause further bleeding. To speed up the healing process, if your gums are bleeding profusely, it is a good idea to keep your saliva in your mouth for at least 30 minutes.
You should not drink anything immediately after a tooth extraction, and you should avoid using a drinking straw and poking the extraction site. This will prevent the formation of blood clots and reduce the chance of infection. Smoking should be avoided until the bleeding stops. Your mouth is likely to bleed slightly, but it will go away on its own within an hour or two. Gauze should be kept on the surgical site for at least 30 minutes.
You should also avoid alcohol and other narcotic pain medication after your tooth extraction. For the first few days, avoid driving and alcohol. The area around the extraction should be kept clean for the first eight hours, and you can begin rinsing your mouth with warm salt water. Rinsing is important for the healing process and may be done as early as tomorrow. If you’re concerned about the socket, call your dentist immediately to have the socket cleaned properly.
After your tooth extraction, your face will be swollen and tender. Ice wrapped in a piece cloth can be used to reduce swelling. Warm salt water solution can be used if you are unable or unwilling to spit. It is made by combining half a teaspoon salt with a cup of warm liquid. However, you should only use mouthwash as directed by your dentist. If you do spit after a tooth extraction, make sure to spit the water before swallowing.
After the procedure, you will be able to brush your teeth again but not rinse them. Warm salt water rinses should always be performed at least five to six times per day, beginning the day after surgery. These rinses should be done after meals and before bed. The salt water rinse will also help the wound heal more quickly. For two to three weeks, you should avoid any strenuous activity if you feel pain. This may cause throbbing, so if this is a problem, you should stop your exercise immediately and see your dentist.