Foods That You Can Eat After a Tooth Extraction

Tooth ExtractionAfter you have a tooth extraction it is important to take good care of your gums so that they do not suffer any unnecessary irritation. We typically recommend that patients avoid hard or crunchy foods like nuts, chips, toast, cereal or anything else that could possibly be abrasive.  It is also important to avoid anything that requires you to bite down aggressively or to chew for too long.  Foods that are soft and easy to chew are a better bet for the few days after your procedure.

We understand that dietary restrictions can be challenging for some people, especially when already experience discomfort due to facial or jaw swelling. You can begin minimizing this discomfort by taking ibuprofen and using an ice pack for fifteen minutes at a time to reduce the swelling.  Afterward, here are some ideas for food that you can eat during your recovery.

Breakfast

The first meal of the day is essential for giving your body the energy that it needs to stay focused and alert.  Eating protein is helpful so we recommend that you eat scrambled or hardboiled eggs.  Both are easy to chew and will not irritate your gums. As a bonus if you make several hardboiled eggs, you can eat them throughout the day.  You can also make oatmeal or cream of wheat with whole milk so that you get the nutrition you need without irritating your gums.  A smoothie is also an excellent solution since you can add all of your favorite fruits and vegetables along with protein powder and yogurt.

Lunch

If you need to get back to work after your tooth extractions, you will need to plan ahead for what you are going to pack.  A hummus sandwich is incredibly easy since you only need to spread the hummus on soft bread.  This is easy to chew and you can eat hummus for a snack whenever you like.  Toss in a single serving of yogurt, applesauce, or pudding to round out your meal.

Dinner

Avoid meat that is hard to chew.  This means that beef, pork, and chicken should be off of the menu for a few days.  Instead, eat a flaky fish or tofu. You can also make a vegetable soup using your favorite veggies and spices. Some soups like potato and carrot, are delicious when you blend them which is even easier to eat.  You can also bake a sweet potato in the oven for a filling addition to your dinner that tastes fantastic and is easy to chew.

When it comes to eating something sweet, stick with ice cream, pudding or popsicles for a few days.  Remember that after your tooth extractions, you will need to continue to eat a healthy and well-balanced meal in order to increase your body's ability to recover.  You will also want to keep up with your oral hygiene habits and we can discuss how to care for your teeth without irritating your gum during your appointment.  For more information or tips, give us a call.

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