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Tooth removal is not a fun experience and developing a painful dry socket makes it even worse. Still, having a tooth removed is a common experience—so what can you do to avoid dry socket? Fortunately, dry sockets are rare, but there are a few thing you should do—and not do—if you’re interested in avoiding the issue altogether.

The first thing you should do is avoid vigorous exercise or strenuous activities. You see, if you are too active immediately following tooth removal, the clot that forms to protect your extraction site could dislodge. Generally, you should simply rest for at least 24 hours after your tooth has been removed.

Similarly, you should remember to be gentle when you are rinsing out your mouth. Again, if you rinse too vigorously, you could dislodge your clot and expose our bone. In other words, please remember to brush gently. You may also want to consider using salt water.

Also, until your mouth has recovered, please don’t use a straw or smoke. Generally, this is because both require sucking. You should also avoid spitting for the same reason. As a general rule, sucking can also dislodge your blood clots. You also should avoid sticky food and try to eat foods like soups, yogurt, and smoothies.

Finally, our dentist will have placed gauze over your extraction points to help the blood clots form. It is best to not touch your extraction points because introducing germs and bacteria to these areas can cause infections.

If you do you have a dry socket, please contact us as soon as possible. Our dentist, Dr. Damon T. Armstrong, and our team will do everything we can to help you. Please call Armstrong Dental at 208-785-3310. We are eager to receive your call.