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Is it okay to smoke after getting wisdom teeth pulled and having a dry socket and will it cause infection?

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2005-09-07 21:19:17
2005-09-07 21:19:17

you shouldn't, the sucking action is can cause a dry socket that is extremly painful, if you do try to cover it up with your tongue and only puff as gently as possible.

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