Dry socket is a common condition that can occur after tooth extraction when the protective blood clot at the extraction site fails to form or is dislodged prematurely. It can be caused by poor dental hygiene, smoking and drinking from a straw or using too much pressure around the area — so it’s important to take proper precautions if you want to reduce your risk of developing it.
The first step towards preventing dry socket is following your dentist’s instructions shortly after surgery. Your dentist may recommend avoiding certain activities such as smoking, drinking from a straw, brushing too hard around the wound site, or eating hard and crunchy foods – all of these can potentially lead to dry socket. After wisdom teeth removal, try to drink through a cup for at least two days post-surgery and stick with soft foods such as smoothies, soup or protein shakes for the first several days.
Also consider rinsing twice daily (morning and night) with lukewarm salt water which helps keep bacteria away from the wound area and encourages healing. It’s also important to maintain proper oral hygiene habits during recovery; don’t forget to brush your teeth twice daily (or more if recommended by your dentist).
Use gentle strokes and slow down while brushing around the extraction area – this will reduce any chances of irritation or infection occurring in the area.