Under normal conditions, when a tooth is extracted, a blot clot forms- this is nature’s way of healing the gums and the bone after the trauma. But on many occasions, if the blood clot is prevented, a dry socket forms, exposing the nerves and the wound to the air. People in central Leeds most likely to suffer from this condition are those who- do not care for and are clumsy with their eating post-extraction; those who allow ‘sucking’ in the mouth from spitting, coughing, or smoking within a day after the extraction; those who smoke- the toxins from smoking can block the blood flow to the clot. So if you are prone to doing this, stop it and allow the blood clot to heal naturally. But if the condition does flare-up, there are ways of treating it. Applying medications such as anesthetics and clove oil onto the area, through gauze, will help keep the socket free from dryness, and keep the blot clot in a state of flux. Like any wound in the body, a tooth extraction needs to heal the way the body knows best. Interfere, and you are stopping the chances of a full recovery and putting your health at further risk.