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Baby Dental – Preventing Dry Socket

Sunday, Oct. 18th 2020 8:25 AM

Dry Socket can happen after having a tooth extraction, if the blood clot fails to form or becomes dislodged the bone and nerves in the socket become exposed. Dry socket is delayed healing and can be very painful. Here are some Tips to prevent dry socket.

* You will want to avoid doing anything that might disturb the blood clot after the tooth extraction.

* Avoid Suction: Smoking and drinking through a straw can create suction. These activities could loosen the clot and delay healing.

* Smoking: Smoking delays healing and also increases blood pressure, which can lead to more bleeding.

* Vigorous mouth rinsing: You should take care not to rinse your mouth too vigorously. Rinsing the mouth is possible after a tooth extraction, but it is important to do it gently to avoid disturbing the blood clot.

* Alcohol: A person should avoid alcoholic beverages or mouthwash containing alcohol for at least 24 hours to reduce the likelihood of the clot becoming dislodged. Alcohol can encourage extra bleeding and delay healing.

* Physical activity: You should limit strenuous activity for the first 24 hours after the extraction to reduce bleeding and help the blood clot form.

It is also important for you to let the dentist know about any medications that you are currently taking, as research has identified a link between certain birth control pills and occurrences of dry socket.

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