Ok to use hydrogen peroxide after wisdom tooth surgery?
I tried looking for an answer to my question on the net but couldn't find anything useful, so I'm placing my hopes on this forum!
I had my lower right, impacted (completely horizontal) wisdom tooth extracted last Friday. Just before the surgery, I told my dentist that when I had the previous wisdom tooth extraction (that was some 3 years ago - for the lower left wisdom tooth) I'd developed an infection. I'd to go back to the surgeon after around a week when I noticed that my swelling and pain was gradually increasing. He drained the pus and I recovered soon after.
After hearing this, to prevent the chances of getting an infection (this is what he said), he inserted a gauze into the cavity left by the removed tooth and then stitched it up. He said that the gauze had some substance in it which would help prevent any infections.
Today - 5 days after the initial surgery - I went back to the hospital and another surgeon pulled out the gauze. I could feel it bleeding quite a bit and so just kept my mouth closed for the next hour or so till I came back home. After coming home and spitting out the blood, I realised that a jelly-like red thing had formed along the outer edge of the right gum. I realised that it was the blood that had clotted up. It was feeling very uncomfortable (as it was around 2-3cm long) and so I used a pair of tweezers and carefully pulled it out.
This exposed a small hole where the tooth had been pulled out from. Blood is trickling out right now.. but it's really not that much.
Now the thing is that I don't want an infection to occur inside that hole due to food particles accumulating inside it. So I'd like to know if it's safe to use hydrogen peroxide to keep the area clean. On the other hand, I also don't want to remove any blood clot that forms on the hole as that would help the healing process. So instead of gargling, I'm just placing the liquid there and tilting my head so that the hole is immersed for around a minute or two. I'm then just spitting it out.
Is this ok? I plan to repeat this every 8 hours. Should I go ahead or will hydrogen peroxide prevent the clot from forming - in which case I might end up with a "dry socket"?
Thanks a lot for any comments...