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Ideal Foods for Immediately After an Extraction

Posted on 11/25/2018 by Scott Redlinger
Ideal Foods for Immediately After an ExtractionGetting a tooth pulled is not the most pleasant experience. Thanks to advanced techniques, it is not a painful procedure. If a person follows their aftercare instructions, they will not have a problem. One of the important parts of aftercare is eating the right foods. It is important to find out what the right foods are.

Think Soft
It may seem obvious, but the best foods to choose are the foods that are soft and easy to chew. Soft foods can include:

•  Eggs
•  Mashed potatoes
•  Soup
•  Ice cream
•  Fruit smoothies
•  Bananas

It is important to make sure the foods that you choose to eat are not only soft and easy to chew, but also choose foods that provide the protein, vitamins and mineral that your body needs. Those are the things that will help the healing process and will speed up the recovery from the extraction.

In addition to eating soft food, it is also a good idea to think about the temperature of the foods. Hot foods could irritate the wound site/ Allow foods to cool down before eating them for a few days after a tooth extraction

The Wrong Foods

As important as eating soft foods is, it is also important to avoid some types of foods. Sticky foods and crunchy foods can cause problems at the site of the wound. Spicy foods can cause irritations too.
One thing that people do not realize is harmful after an extraction is the use of straws. Not only can the straws scratch a wound site, the action of sucking on the straw can have a negative effect on the healing process.

For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.

Scott M. Redlinger, DMD, MD

(775) 430-5355