How to Prevent Dry Socket After Tooth Extraction

After your child has a tooth extracted, there is a risk of developing dry socket (alveolar osteitis)—a painful condition that affects two to five percent of patients. This simple guide explains how to prevent dry socket after a tooth extraction, so that your child can recover quickly.

Signs of Dry Socket

Once your child’s tooth extraction is complete, he or she should feel back to normal within a couple of days. Normal side effects of a tooth extraction include bleeding gums and slight discomfort. However, if your child experiences any of the following symptoms after several days, he or she could have dry socket:

  • Severe pain on one side of the face
  • Visible bone at extraction site
  • Foul breath
  • Unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • Swollen lymph nodes

If your child develops dry socket, he or she may need to revisit the dentist for further treatment.

Preventing Dry Socket

These simple tips could help prevent dry socket and discomfort after your child’s surgery or tooth extraction:

  • Avoid using straws
  • Avoid spitting
  • Take extra care when brushing teeth
  • Apply a small, daily warm saltwater rinse to help sterilize the wound
  • Eat soft foods
  • Avoid sugary, carbonated beverages
  • Avoid foods like peanuts and popcorn that can get stuck in the teeth
  • Do not touch the wound with fingers or tongue

As a parent, it is important to talk to your child’s dentist about any medications he or she is taking and follow directions for any oral medications that are prescribed to your child after the extraction.

Most importantly, your child’s recovery depends on maintaining a healthy blood flow post-extraction. Certain patients may be more prone to developing dry socket, so consult with your child’s physician to help determine if he or she is at a greater risk for developing dry socket. 

Schedule an Appointment at Kool Smiles

If your child needs a tooth extraction, Kool Smiles is a great choice. Kool Smiles is a network of dental practices that offer affordable, quality care at locations throughout the U.S.

Kool Smiles accepts most forms of insurance, including state-specific plans, Medicaid, and TRICARE. Contact us today to set up a consultation at a Kool Smiles office near you.

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Sources:

WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dry-socket-symptoms-and-treatment

WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/pulling-a-tooth-tooth-extraction?page=2

Colgate: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/procedures/tooth-removal/article/ada-03-tooth-extraction