Patient Comments: Dry Socket - Prevention

In what ways have you tried to prevent dry socket?

Comment from: Meaghan S., 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

I didn't know about this dry socket problem until I experienced it myself (today), so I clearly didn't prevent very well. But, some ways to prevent a dry socket are: 1. No smoking (the sucking removes the clot). 2. No sucking from a straw 3. Trauma to your tooth prior to removal (example - my tooth cracked and had a deep cavity prior to being pulled) 4. Follow care instructions 5. Day 2 begin frequent salt water rinses. 6. Don't poke your extraction site with tongue or fingers as it can remove the clot. 7. Eat only liquids until clot is formed as getting food stuck can cause infection or remove clot.

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