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What To Eat after a Tooth Extraction.

September 12, 2021
Posted By: Dental Care At Moon Valley Dental Team

Foods to Avoid after Extraction

After your tooth extraction, your whole mouth may be sore, and the extraction area will likely be painful. Your dentist will likely prescribe you a painkiller for the first few days post-extraction to ease the pain. While your mouth regains sensation after anesthetic from the surgery, it's best to avoid eating as you risk biting your tongue and cheek. 

For the first few days after the extraction, there are certain food types and actions you should avoid taking. Do not suck on anything, as the suction can cause the blood clot to dislodge. For the sake of a problem-free and healthy recovery:

  • Avoid smoking to keep from sucking the clot loose. This will also reduce the risk of bacterial infection.
  • Limit alcohol consumption to keep the blood from thinning and loosening the clot. 
  • Do not consume overly hot food, which can dislodge the clot.
  • Avoid eating grains and seeds that can easily become lodged in the healing extraction site.
  • Do not eat spicy foods. The oils can enter the healing wound and cause significant pain and inflammation. 

Recommended Soft Foods

For the first three days, we generally recommend that you stick to soft foods post-extraction. After this period, patients can usually go back to most of their regular eating habits while still avoiding extreme temperature, spicy, or crunchy food until the extraction site is fully healed. Some soft foods to consider while you heal:

  • Mashed foods like mashed potatoes
  • Soups, stocks, and broths that do not contain large pieces or chunks that require chewing
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Soft fruits like banana and avocado
  • Smoothies, like fruit, smoothies that are free of seeds

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