Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common oral surgeries. It is typically recommended to resolve an issue or prevent problems that may arise in the future. Once wisdom teeth make their debut, your jaw may not be large enough for them, a flap of gum tissue may grow over your gums, or you may face infection or tooth damage.

By undergoing a wisdom teeth removal, you may be able to prevent back teeth crowding, a wisdom tooth becoming stuck in the jaw, red, swollen gums, gum disease, or tooth decay. If your dentist recommends this procedure, you’d be doing yourself a huge favor by proceeding it.

In the event you’re a woman who takes birth control pills, you should schedule your wisdom teeth removal during the end of your menstrual cycle. This is typically days 23 through 28. This is because you’ll be at less of a risk for developing dry socket, which is a painful condition in which the blood clot at the site of wisdom tooth removal fails to develop or dislodges or dissolves before the wound has healed.

Birth control pills have been known to cause dry sockets because many of them contain estrogen, which can prevent clotting and keep the socket from being sealed. By being strategic about when a wisdom teeth removal surgery is scheduled, you can likely avoid this issue.

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