Post-Extraction question

I got my tooth extracted about 24 hours ago, this tooth was previously root canaled about 14-15 years ago, and had pretty big infection underneath. Anyways, I’m following instructions the absolute best I can, and upon investigating the area this morning, after eating oatmeal a few hours prior, I noticed things that look like they could either be Oats, or Scabs forming. I need a professional to tell me what to do here. I believe I have a detailed picture that will show you exactly what I mean. Clean it or leave it alone?

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Answer: healing after extraction

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

I cannot see the picture you submitted, however after 24 hours, you are able to gently begin warm salt water rinses to keep the extraction site free of debris.  If you have not started doing so, go ahead and begin.  This can be done after eating and before bed.  Do not poke around the area or scrape it in any way.  A gentle rinse is enough to remove any particles and food debris that is in the area. The extraction site will begin healing from the inside out, so it will take some time for the tissue to completely heal.  Be sure to avoid any seeds, nuts and granola during the healing phase. 

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