Everyone should know how to prevent dry socket when wisdom teeth are removed. Dry socket is what happens when a blood clot fails to form or becomes dislodged during the healing process. Dry socket delays the healing process, therefore, you will want to learn how to prevent dry socket when wisdom teeth are removed.
- Avoid Pressure in the mouth. This would include sucking through a straw, spitting and even blowing your nose. All these actions could lead up to the blood clot becoming dislodged. If you are suffering from a cold after the removal of your wisdom teeth, its best to contact your medical care provider so he can prescribe medications that will help treat the symptoms of a runny nose, coughing or sneezing.
- Keep your hands and all tools away from the removed wisdom teeth area. Do not poke at the area with any instruments or your hands. Not only will this cause the blood clot to dislodge, it will also introduce bacteria into the open area. It is also not side to move your tongue around the extraction area.
- Stop Smoking. Believe it or not pulling on a cigarette can cause the blood clot to also dislodge. Smoking also slows down the healing process and can cause a blood clot not to form. Experts recommend not smoking for at least 24 hours after the removal of wisdom teeth.
- Watch what you eat. Stick to a soft food diet for the first 24 to 48 hours. This will prevent food from getting into the extraction area and dislodging the blood clot. The types of soft food items you should consider eating are mashed potatoes, pudding, clear soups, apple sauce (without apple chunks) and ice cream.