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Dr. Joel

need your opinion with the fallow;
it has been showed unquestioned that acidity has the ability to stop bleeding such as tea,and anather as vinegar with salt to stop any disrupt to enamel beside bleeding.

could that be used as a routine post surgery, and has that the ability to stop much more than moderate bleeding?
Best regard

Hugo

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Hussain - Prematurely using tea or vinegar or any other solution, even salt water, immediately after the extraction, prevents the formation of a proper blood clot.  In addition, the bone that is early exposed is vulnerable to even the simplest irritants.  

So do not use the tea as a preventative, but only if bleeding does not stop after using gauze pads under pressure for a few hours before anything is applied to stop bleeding.  Vinegar is probably one of the worst solutions to use during the healing.  Vinegar is acetic acid and will produce irritation and can lead to the lack of a proper blood clot and poor healing.

So do not even rinse with warm salt water to keep the area clean until the blood clot has properly formed - 48 hours after the extraction.  

I hope you understand that minimal treatment to a socket should be done to promote healing.

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Joel S. Teig, DMD, Diplomate ABOMS, retired

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I am a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon available to answer questions related to tooth extractions, implant insertion, facial recontruction, facial and oral tumor removal, TMJ dysfunction and various successful treatments, including surgery if all else fails, and occlusal discrepancy requiring orthognathic or jaw surgery.

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Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon practicing for over 20 years. Assistant Clincal Professor at State University School of Dentistry.

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American Dental Association, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

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BA- University of Connecticut DMD-University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Residency - Roosevelt Hospital, NYC

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