Why Straws Are So Dangerous Following Oral Surgery
Posted on 11/10/2019 by Andrew Zeiger
The blood clot that forms at the site of a tooth removal serves a very important function.
It shields the raw nerves and bone from bacteria and food particles and prevents infection. Sipping drinks from a straw immediately after oral surgery is not advisable because it can dislodge the clot.
Why Should I Avoid Straws After Oral Surgery?
All dentists make it a point to advise patients who have undergone oral surgery to avoid straws. Drinking from a straw can lead to a condition known as “dry socket”, which is painful and may result in an infection.
The act of sucking through a straw can move the blood clot protecting the site of the tooth removal. Once that happens, food particles find their way there. Firmly lodged particles irritate the nerves and bone, slow down the healing process, and cause discomfort.
Clot formation is a very important step in the healing process post tooth extraction. You need to do whatever you can to ensure that the clot stays in place and the traumatized nerves and tissue underneath it gets a chance to heal.
Avoid straws. Even though there's a temptation to use them because of a perceived ease of use or due to force of habit, remember to drink juices, shakes, and such liquids without the straw. The negative pressure that the straw creates in the mouth can make the blood clot come loose. Do not rinse your mouth to dislodge stuck food particles. Do not spit forcefully. Smoking is not advisable and avoid brushing the teeth near the site of the extraction.
As you can see, using a straw during the first week of recovery is fraught with risk for the blood clot that needs to be protected. If the blood clot goes, the dry socket that appears complicates the healing process.
If you wish to learn more about safe and effective healing after oral surgery, then we'd love to share our expertise with you. Get in touch with us. Book your appointment today.
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