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One of the most common and painful symptoms after a tooth extraction are dry sockets. They occur when an empty tooth socket loses its protective scab and the nerves become exposed. Fortunately, there are strategies that can help you reduce your risk of developing a dry socket.

If you’re a coffee lover, it is important to refrain from drinking coffee or any other beverages with caffeine. Caffeinated beverages may interfere with the healing process and eventually lead to dry sockets. Therefore, it’s best to drink plenty of water instead.

You should also stay away from soft foods and stick to a soft food diet for a few days. Soft foods such as applesauce, yogurt, mashed potatoes, and soup are safe to eat. Foods like potato chips, apples, toffee, and caramel can be dangerous and break up the scab that protects your nerves from exposure.

If you are a smoker, make every effort to avoid smoking for at least 72 hours after the tooth extraction. The ingredients in cigarettes can prolong healing and significantly increase the risk of dry sockets.

In the event you notice exposed bone rather than a scab or a bad smell coming from your mouth, you may have a dry socket. If you believe you may have a dry socket, it is crucial to visit your dentist right away as this is a condition that requires professional help and cannot be treated by at home remedies.

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If you would like more information on how caffeine causes dry sockets or have questions about dry sockets in general, call our office at 703-439-1214.