4 Tips for Avoiding Dry Socket
If you are facing having a tooth removed, you might have been warned about a condition known as “dry socket.” This refers to the blood clot that develops over the extraction site, which protects the site and promotes healing. If the clot is dislodged, this can delay healing.
There are steps Lacey WA patients can take after dental extractions to ensure they do not suffer from this painful condition.
Tips for Preventing Dry Socket
Dry socket usually only happens when something occurs that dislodges the clot. You can avoid this condition by following these steps.
#1—Don’t Use a Straw
The sucking motion when using a straw can dislodge your blood clot, so avoid straws for at least a week after your procedure.
The inhalation of smoking can dislodge your blood clot. In addition, studies show that smokers—of anything—are more likely to develop dry socket.
There are also chemicals in tobacco products that inhibit the body’s healing process. Because of this, it’s a good idea to reduce your intake of tobacco for a few weeks prior to your extraction. If you want to use your upcoming procedure as a way to kick the habit for good, take a look at these tips for quitting.
#3—Don’t Eat Crunchy Foods
Stick to soft foods—think applesauce, yogurt, soups (avoid slurping as the sucking motion can dislodge the clot), mashed potatoes and the like—for a few days following your procedure. Don’t eat anything that can get stuck in the tooth socket.
#4—Don’t Skimp on Proper Oral Care
Keep your mouth clean to promote healthy healing. Ask your dentist for specifics on brushing after your procedure. Avoid any kind of medicated rinse or mouthwash until the site is fully healed.
Dry Socket Is Treatable
If you think you might have dry socket or if you are having pain after oral surgery, call us right away. We can treat the condition, and you’ll feel better almost immediately afterward.
For more information on dental extractions in Lacey WA, call Tranquility Wellness Dental today!