Often, patients who need to have a tooth extraction (be it wisdom teeth or otherwise) worry about what they will be able to eat after their procedure. Knowing what to eat can shorten your recovery time and get your mouth healed quickly without further complications. While you certainly can eat more foods than are featured here, you’ll want to stick to foods that are soft and require minimal jaw movement to eat. You should wait at least one week before eating any spicy, crunchy, or chewy foods.
Here is our list of 5 foods to eat after a tooth extraction (in no particular order).
5. Ice Cream
How could we not include ice cream on our list? Ice cream has long been the stereotypically post tooth extraction treat. Stick to soft-serve ice cream and avoid cones, sprinkles, and other toppings which might get stuck in your surgical area.
While Ice cream tastes great and is useful for reducing the swelling in your mouth post-surgery, you won’t be able to completely subsist on it. Make sure to add a few of the following to your diet as well.
Soup is probably the second most popular food to eat after a tooth extraction behind ice cream. Soup is great because it provides some much needed nutritional value (compared to ice cream). Choose a soup that is full of key nutrients and make sure to serve it at a lukewarm temperature or cooler. Try to avoid soups with large chunks of meat or vegetables, especially in the days immediately following your tooth extraction.
3. Scrambled Eggs
When avoiding eating chewy and crunchy foods, it can be hard to get all the protein your body needs. Scrambled eggs are a great choice after a tooth extraction because they are soft and relatively easy to eat while also packing a bunch of protein. Just make sure they cool down adequately before eating them.
2. Smoothies or Milkshakes (But No Straws!)
Vegetable or fruit smoothies are a great way to get the nutrition you need post tooth extraction. However, do not use a straw! Using a straw requires suction which can remove blood clots from your surgical site and lead to a painful dry socket. If you’re going to drink smoothies or milkshakes, just make sure you do so without a straw. Consider mixing in yogurt for additional nutritional value, but try to avoid using fruits that are highly acidic (i.e. oranges) as they can irritate your surgical site.
1. Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are high in fiber and are a great addition to a post-extraction diet. You can add gravy or sour cream or substitute in sweet potatoes for some much needed variety. Make sure the potatoes are of a uniform, smooth consistency that excludes any large lumps which might be harder to chew.
If you still have any questions about an upcoming tooth extraction or how to care for yourself after a procedure, don’t hesitate to contact us! At Holub Dentistry of Eugene, we’re here to help and would be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you have.