Food to eat after a tooth extraction
Whether you had done the removal of a wisdom tooth, teeth roots, decayed tooth, or an orthodontic teeth extraction, you will probably be wondering about when you can start eating again after your teeth extraction and what exactly to eat after teeth removal.
Teeth extraction is surely an unpleasant experience, during or after the procedure.
After the extraction, you might have a little blood coming out of the wound in the hours afterwards, also your gums will be very tender and your tongue will feel the extraction socket hole for a few weeks. This situation makes many patients anxious and frightened to do something wrong.
Teeth removal is considered a minor surgery and you should take some precautions in order to help your wound heal fast and correctly.
When can you eat again after teeth extraction?
Right after your dentist finishes his work, he will put a sterile compress on your wound and ask you to bite on it for a couple hours. The compress is to stop the blood coming out of the wound, so in that entire period, do not remove it and keep biting on it.
After you remove the compress, you might perceive that your tongue or lips are still a little numb and it is completely normal for the next 4 to 8 hours. Now, if you eat with numb lips and tongue, be very careful to not bite on them!
In general, you are allowed to eat:
✓ After biting on the compress for a couple hours.
✓ After your lips and tongue are not too numb.
What can you eat after a tooth extraction?
In the first days after tooth removal, your gum will be very tender and the tooth socket will be open. So you need to eat only soft food to avoid socket pain and inflammation. Hard and sticky food will press a lot on the wound and food will enter the socket.
Let’s not forget that after tooth extraction, your body will need nutritional and healthy food to heal faster and give you back your usual energy.
Do not worry, there are plenty of yummy choices.
Waiter, bring the menu!
Smoothies are your gift after the surgery, either fruit or green smoothies will be great since you won’t feel like or won’t be able to chew because of pain, numbness, or tired muscles. The vitamins within will enter your blood steam fast and give your energy back.
• But limit your choice to fruits without seeds (no strawberries or raspberries), the seeds might enter the socket and cause inflammation.
• Do not use straws because they will suck out blood from the wound.
Greek yogurt is a great source of protein, minerals and vitamins that may aid recovery after dental surgery. Its creamy texture and cold temperature can be quite soothing. However, you can eat any type of yogurt during your recovery. Just make sure it doesn’t have any chunks of fruit or other foods in it.
If you want fast energy, then you should eat a banana. it’s one of the most popular fruits in the world. The soft texture of bananas makes them easy to chew and swallow. Also, bananas are nutritious because they provide a lot of vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, vitamin B6, and folate.
You can eat it in small bites, mashed, within your smoothie or mix it to yogurt.
Avocados are low in carbs but high in healthy fats. In addition, avocado is also a great source of vitamin K, vitamin C, and potassium.
After an extraction, you want only soft foods that won’t irritate your incision. Avocado fits the bill perfectly.
Our bold friend is very rich of proteins and everyone knows that, they also contain minerals, vitamins and omega-3 ,that will definitely help you heal faster and they are the softest compared to other protein sources like meat and nuts. Let’s not forget that they are cheaper.
Try them scrambled, poached, or soft-boiled as a snack or for breakfast. But you shouldn’t eat them with bread or toast because of its hard texture.
6. Mashed potatoes
Potatoes are a very classic energetic meal that contains carbs and fibres that are very essential to heal. But be sure your potatoes are not too hot, because you should avoid hot food after extraction.
Porridge is a very healthy meal that is easy and quick to make. It is a good meal for post extraction because it is easy to swallow and you have different varieties or flavors to enjoy.
Soup is very easy to make and it’s very nutritious, especially if it contains healthy vegetables. Just make sure to use seedless ingredients and blend the vegetables well to not stick on the tooth socket.
Cheese is low in calories but rich in vitamins and minerals. It is soft and smooth, making it easy to chew and swallow. In addition, cheese contains a lot of protein, which helps with the recovery process after surgery.
10. Ice cream
Ice cream is a great invention, no one can argue with that, it is also very helpful after tooth extraction because it is smooth, soft and cold. Its low temperature helps avoiding the swelling of the wound.
But we left it as the last recommendation because you should avoid ice cream if your teeth are sensitive and it also contains much sugar which is bad for your teeth.
Food to avoid after teeth extraction
In the first days after tooth removal, your wound will be a very sensitive and weak area that you need to take a good care of until it heals.
Here are some foods to avoid after wisdom tooth removal:
-Hot food: hot temperature will slow the formation of blood clot and therefore the bleeding won’t stop, it will also be irritating to the tender gum and can cause swelling of the wound.
-Smoking: you shouldn’t smoke for the next 48h because it can affect the clot and hence the chances of developing dry socket 3-4 days after tooth extraction increases.
-Spicy food: spicy food will result pain and irritation inside the wound.
-Aspirin: Aspirin will delay the clot formation, thereby will prevent healing. Take the medications as prescribed and consult your dentist before taking any medicine.
-Mouth wash and rinses: you should not use mouth wash for at least 24h after surgery to avoid hemorrhagic problems.
-Grains and seeds: seeds easily lodge inside the wound they can disturb the healing and are difficult to remove.
-Crunchy food: pop corn and chips or snacks that are crunchy can get stuck inside the socket, cause bleeding and infection.
-Alcohol: is very irritating to wounds and is advised to not be used for at least 24h after extraction.