How Can You Prevent a Dry Socket?
Dry sockets usually occur in the first five days after an extraction, so the first step in preventing this condition is to avoid any rigorous activity that could lead to wound trauma. This rigorous activity could even include simple activities like drinking through a straw or forceful spitting, both of which have the potential to dislodge a blood clot.
Because smoking and tobacco use increase the chances of developing a dry socket after tooth extraction, avoid using these substances at least 24 hours before and 24 hours after the procedure. Talk with your dental professional to determine whether any of your regular medications might inhibit blood clotting and discuss what you can do to minimize or eliminate this risk.
Your dentist or oral surgeon will likely recommend a course of at home care and tips to follow after your extraction. The advice may include drinking plenty of water, not brushing within the first 24 hours after surgery, avoiding certain foods and using antibacterial mouthwashes. Your dental professional may also offer specific advice depending on your oral health history, your immune health and the medications you take.
Closely following this guidance can go a long way toward helping you prevent a dry socket so you can experience a healthy healing process after your tooth extraction.