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Foods To Eat And Avoid After A Tooth Extraction

Posted on 12/15/2023 by Andrew Admin
Concerned patient discussing her tooth pain with her dentist while sitting in a dental chair at Dental Haven in Appleton, WIAfter tooth extraction, you should carefully choose food to promote healing and avoid unnecessary discomfort. Certain foods can slow the recovery process or irritate the extraction site, while others can offer relief and provide necessary nutrients for healing. Here are the foods to eat and avoid after tooth extraction:

Foods To Eat

Opt for soft foods that require minimal chewing in the initial days following a tooth extraction. This can include mashed potatoes and scrambled eggs. These foods are gentle on the extraction site and reduce the wound's risk of irritation.

Concentrate on consuming foods high in vitamins and minerals to promote healing. Include lean protein (such as chicken or fish), fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. These meals offer vital nutrients that support immune system health and tissue healing.

Cold foods can help alleviate pain and reduce swelling after tooth extraction. You can enjoy cold treats like ice cream, popsicles, or chilled yogurt. Just be mindful to avoid using a straw, as the suction can dislodge the blood clot and hinder healing.

Staying hydrated is important for a smooth recovery. Consume water-rich foods like watermelon, cucumbers, soups, and broths. Also, remember to sip water frequently during the day to avoid dehydration.

Foods To Avoid

Avoid foods that require extensive chewing or can potentially get stuck in the extraction site. This includes nuts, chips, popcorn, and hard candies. These foods can irritate the wound and delay the healing process.

Spicy and acidic foods (like citrus fruits and tomatoes) can cause discomfort and irritation to the extraction site. Avoiding these foods until the extraction site has healed completely is best.

You should avoid hot drinks like coffee or tea and carbonated beverages as they can increase sensitivity and disrupt the blood clot formation at the extraction site. Opt for lukewarm or cool beverages instead.

You should avoid alcohol and tobacco products during the healing period. This is because they can interfere with healing and increase the risk of complications. Ensure you come to our office and ask about the foods to eat and avoid after tooth extraction.

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