Lifestyle and home remediesBy Mayo Clinic staff
Dry socket rarely results in infection or serious complications. But getting the pain under control is a top priority. You can help promote healing and reduce symptoms during treatment of dry socket by following these tips:
- Hold cold packs to the outside of your face to help decrease pain and swelling.
- Take pain medications as prescribed.
- Avoid smoking or using tobacco products.
- Drink plenty of clear liquids to remain hydrated and to prevent nausea that may be associated with some pain medications.
- Rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water several times a day.
- Brush your teeth gently around the dry socket area.
- Keep scheduled appointments with your dentist or oral surgeon for dressing changes and other care.
- Call for an appointment if your pain returns or worsens before your next scheduled appointment.
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