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Should I avoid certain activities following a surgical tooth extraction?

After a surgical tooth extraction, you should avoid using a straw and avoid smoking so the blood clot can heal. People who smoke are more likely to lose the blood clot out. Women who use birth control pills should take extra care because they are at higher risk for dry socket, a condition in which a blood clot does not form or breaks down too early.

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