If you are slated for a wisdom tooth extraction, be prepared to stop smoking for at least 48–72 hours post surgery. If you ignore this, you could wind up with a nasty infection, pain, or a wound that takes much longer to heal. Smoking could damage that all-important blood clot which jumpstarts the healing process and up the risk of dry socket, osteomyelitis, and pericoronal infection. Smoking weed can hinder the effect of anesthetics pre-surgery and increase your chances of breaking the blood clot after the extraction.
Wisdom tooth pain usually occurs when these large molars emerge and there's no space near the existing teeth to accommodate them. Keep the area clean and bacteria-free. Try a salt water or turmeric mouthwash, clove oil, or a paste of ginger and cayenne pepper to soothe the pain. You can also chill vegetables like potatoes, cucumber, and cabbage and apply these to the tooth for relief.
While a wisdom tooth extraction is a common procedure, it is often a surgical one. A few precautions can ensure your recovery is hassle-free. Avoid spitting, rinsing, or drinking and eating hot things for 24 hours. After that, make sure you rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash or salt water. Apply a gauze pad to the wound and an ice pack to your cheek to reduce swelling. To aid recovery, sleep with your head elevated, have soft foods for a few days, and do not drink or smoke.
Eating even after you feel full, not sleeping when tired or knowingly indulging in substance abuse? Dismissing your better sense and doing things you know you shouldn’t will take its toll. Your health, self-will, and self-regard will gradually decline, encouraging you to make even more bad decisions. Develop an inner calm (sattva) by first accepting that you are acting against your best interests.
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