What to Eat and Avoid After a Tooth Extraction

Posted by CITY FAMILY DENTAL on May 18 2022, 06:35 AM

An extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractions can be necessary for a variety of reasons, including tooth decay, periodontal disease, or teeth that are impacted. Tooth extractions can also be a part of orthodontic treatment. No matter why you undergo this procedure, here are some foods you need to eat and avoid afterward.

Soft Foods

Immediately following a tooth extraction, it is important to eat soft foods. Soft foods help you to eat and chew without causing any trauma to the surgical site.

Additionally, it is also important to avoid drinking from a straw, as this can cause the surgical site to bleed.

Cold Foods

You may have some discomfort and sensitivity in the extraction site for a few days. Because of this, it’s best to avoid hot foods, which can burn your gum tissue. Instead, stick with cold foods like ice cream, yogurt, and smoothies.

Dairy Products

In order to promote healing, you can eat soft foods like pudding and yogurt. Avoid consuming hard, crunchy foods like nuts, pretzels, and chips. These foods can break open the sutures. Additionally, you should avoid foods like popcorn, apples, and carrots. These foods can dislodge the blood clot and reopen the wound.

Sticky Foods

You should stick to foods that are soft and easy to chew. Soups, mashed potatoes, puddings, ice cream, and yogurt are all great options. Do not eat too sticky foods, as they will do more harm than good.

Spicy Foods

Spicy foods, such as jalapeños or horseradish, can irritate your gums. The spiciness increases blood flow, which can aggravate an extraction site. Spicy foods can also be hard to eat without injuring your mouth.

Instead, opt for cold foods like yogurt or ice pops. They’re easier to bite into and won’t irritate your gums.

Raw Fruits and Vegetables

Yes, you can have them! In fact, they are a great post-extraction snack. However, make sure they are cut into small pieces so that they don’t lodge in the extraction site.

Sugary Foods

Sugary foods should be avoided when you have teeth pulled. They can increase bacteria production in your mouth. Bacteria can interfere with healing, so it’s best to stay away from them.

Alcoholic Beverages

Do not drink alcoholic beverages after oral surgery. Alcohol thins the blood and may increase bleeding. It can also increase pain and inflammation.

If you want to learn more about extraction aftercare tips, consult our dentists at City Family Dental & Implant Center. You can call us at (209) 554-1700 or visit our clinic located at 1317 Oakdale Rd Suite 310, Modesto, California 95355.

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