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Getting a tooth removed is never an enjoyable experience, but unfortunately, it is one that most Americans have to go through eventually—especially since most people have their wisdom teeth removed. Unfortunately, if a tooth is removed, you could ultimately have to deal with a painful dry socket.

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. You should also be extremely gentle when rinsing out your mouth. You could potentially dislodge your clot and expose your bone.

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. Kyle M. Triggs, and our team will do everything we can to help you. Please call Alaska Dental Associates at 907-562-2284. We are eager to receive your call.